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1 Ballard, J.G. Hello America
New York Carroll & Graf 1988 0881844551 / 9780881844559 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Carroll & Graf, 1988. One hesitates to pigeonhole the late great English writer within the confines of "science fiction," but there he is. This is also a "wicked satire" on America. This is a Fine copy of the First American Edition. Gray paper boards with a blue cloth spine and silver lettering. The dustjacket is Very Good Plus, with a crease and small closed tear on the bottom of the front panel. In a plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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2 Ballard, J.G. The Crystal World
New York Farrar, Straus & Giroux 1966 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 1966. This is a Fine copy of the Book Club Edition of one of Ballard's signature early works. Black cloth binding with a crystal in white on the front cover; white lettering on the spine. Clean text; 210 pages. The dustjacket is unclipped; shows just a tiny hintof wear at the foot of the spine. For the collector, an admirable place-holder. In an archival plastic protector.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Decorative Cloth. Fine/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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3 Ballard, J.G. The Drowned World and The Wind from Nowhere
Garden City Doubleday & Company, Inc. 1965 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
Garden City: Doubleday & Company, Inc., 1965. Two of Ballard's early classic novels together in Book Club Edition. Black cloth binding with gilt titling on the spine. Clean text; 316 pages, very fresh. Previous-owner signature on the FFEP, else a Fine copy. The dustjacket is unclipped; tiniest hints of wear at the head and foot of the spine, else Fine. In an archival plastic protector.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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4 Burgess, Anthony A Clockwork Orange
New York W.W. Norton & Company Inc 1962 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: W.W. Norton & Company Inc, 1962. This famous dystopian novel also became a famous cult movie directed by Stanley Kramer. This is a Fine copy of the Book Club Edition, which in itself is rather a nice production. Orange cloth with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 185 pages. Helpfully, includes a Glossary of the Nadsat language. The dustjacket is similar to the First Edition, with the same artwork, but rearranged. It is unclipped. The spine has faded a bit and has a bit of wear at its foot. In an archival plastic protector. . Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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5 Capek, Karel An Atomic Phantasy Krakatit
New York Arts, Inc. 1951 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Arts, Inc., 1951. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. Originally written in Czech (1922). The first English edition was published by Geoffrey Bles in 1925. George Allen & Unwin reprinted Lawrence Hyde's translation, with this new title, in 1948. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition Thus, a Near Fine copy. Very scarce. Bright orange cloth binding with black lettering on the spine. Clean text; 294 pages; orange topstain. The only defect is a small bump in the middle of the rear cover. The striking dustjacket is also Near Fine; unclipped, and with just hints of edgewear. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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6 Capek, Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Very Good Very Good Minus 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts."He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Very Good copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Green cloth binding, with a paper label on the spine. Clean text; 408 pages. Lightly bumped; page edges with some spotting, and a slight lean. There is sunning to the spine and edges, which are now a lighter green. The paper spine label is still bright. The dustjacket, a striking modernist design, is present, and complete; it is in fragile condition, with splits along the flap edges and one starting on the spine. Chipping at the head and foot of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good/Very Good Minus. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 300.00 USD
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7 Capek, Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Good 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Dark green/blue cloth binding with paper labels on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 408 pages. Hardly any wear The dustjacket is only partially present: the spine and the front cover have been tipped into the front paste-down and free endpaper; the front flap (withits $2.50 price unclipped) has been tipped onto the rear free endpaper. The various pieces of the dustjacket are in Fine condition, and Quercus assumes they were removed early in the book's life to preserve them. An interesting solution, but rather difficult to adequately describe! Quercus arbitrarily classifies these "Fine" pieces as only "Good" as an incomplete jacket. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Good. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 450.00 USD
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8 Capek, Karel Meteor
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1935 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Very Good 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1935. Karel Capek is famed for his first use of the word "robot," and his iconic novel "War with the Newts." He was nominated for the Nobel prize seven times. This is the second volume in his "Noetic Trilogy" (the others are "Hordubal" and "An Ordinary Life"). First published in Prague in 1934; this is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, translated by M. & R. Weatherall. This is a scarce title, certainly the hardest to find within the Capek canon. Dark blue cloth binding with silver lettering on the front cover and spine. Clean text; 256 pages, very bright and fresh. The dustjacket is bright and unclipped, with the original $2.00 price, but shows some edgewear, with some chipping and a closed tear on the rear; at some time the top edge was rolled over, and about 1/8" of the top front panel and head of the spine is missing. in an archival plastic protector. A superior copy of this rare work from the early Twentieth-century avant-garde.. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Very Good. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 500.00 USD
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9 Capek, Karel The Absolute at Large
London Macmillan and Co., Limited 1927 Second Printing. Hardcover Very Good Plus No Jacket 
London: Macmillan and Co., Limited, 1927. Capek (1890-1938 ) is most known today as a founding author of modern speculative fiction (War with the Newts, Rossum's Universal Robots) in the vein of Orwell and Huxley. "The Absolute at Large" is of that genre. This is a Very Good (plus) copy of the Second printing (August 1927) of the First English Edition. An uncommon title. Yellow decorative cloth binding; illustrated & lettered in black. Clean text; viii, 294 pages. The textbloack is exceptionally bright and clear; the binding is bright, but shows some foxing on the rear cover. ASSOCIATION COPY: an interesting, large bookplate on the front paste-down identifies the owner as the poet Howard E. Slack. Lacking a dustwrapper; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Second Printing.. Decorative Cloth. Very Good Plus/No Jacket. 
Price: 75.00 USD
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10 Capek, Karel The Absolute at Large
Westport Hyperion Press, Inc. 1974 0883551047 / 9780883551042 Reprint Edition Hardcover Fine No Jacket 
Westport: Hyperion Press, Inc., 1974. Originally published serially in 1922, this is a dystopian satire, with religious fervor somehow released by nuclear fission. Capek, a master of dystopia, eventually would write "War With the Newts," considered one of the greatest speculative fiction novels of the XXth Century. This is a Fine copy of a reprint of the 1927 Macmillan edition, part of the "Classics of Science Fiction" series. Gray cloth binding, decorated and lettered in black. Clean text; v, 242 pages. The Introduction is by William E. Harkins. No dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector.. Reprint Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/No Jacket. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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11 Capek. Karel Krakatit
New York The Macmillan Company 1925 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
New York: The Macmillan Company, 1925. Karel Capek's most famous work, always on any "top 10" list of great novels of speculative fiction, is "War with the Newts." He and his artist brother Joseph were prominent members of the European avant-garde, Capek (1890-1938), a Czech Jew, avoided the death camps by dying from natural causes, a fate not accorded his brother. "Krakiatit" can be read as a foreshadowing of the nuclear dilemma, with the scientific Genie once again released from its bottle. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition, less common than the English version, which in itself is rare. Dark blue cloth binding with paper label on the front cover. Gilt lettering on the spine; rebacked, in a very attractive way. Originally written in Czech (1922); the translation is by Lawrence Hyde. Clean text; 408 pages. ASSOCIATION COPY: a large, interesting bookplate tipped onto the front paste-down identifies the owner as the poet Howard E. Slack.This copy has hardly any wear, and is close to the best copy Quercus has seen of this book; however, there is a crease on the rear cover which limits its condition a bit. Size: 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 350.00 USD
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12 Chayefsky, Paddy Altered States
New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, & London Harper & Row 1978 0060107278 / 9780060107277 First Edition. Hardcover Very Good Plus Near Fine 
New York, Hagerstown, San Francisco, & London: Harper & Row, 1978. Paddy Chayefsky (1923-1981), renowned dramatist and screenwriter (three Oscars) turned to science fiction in this late work, which was also turned into a great film.This is a Fine copy of the First Edition (stated). Tan paper boards with black cloth spine, gilt lettering. Clean and fresh text. The dustjacket is unclipped, with some minor edgewear and a small chip at the top corner of the spine. In an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Very Good Plus/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 25.00 USD
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13 Clarke, Arthur C. The Wind from the Sun. Stories of the Space Age
New York Harcourt Brace Jovanovich 1972 0151968101 / 9780151968107 First Edition Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York: Harcourt Brace Jovanovich, 1972. Clarke states in his Preface that these are all of the stories (18 here) that he wrote during the 1960s. This is a Near Fine copy of the First Edition. Turquoise cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 193 pages. Tiny bit of rubbing at the margins, else Fine. The dustjacket is also Near Fine: unclipped, with only a tiny bit of edgewear. In an archival plastic protector. An attractive copy.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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14 Del Ray, Lester Outpost of Jupiter
New York, Chicago, & San Francisco Holt, Rinehart & Winston 1963 First American Edition. Hardcover Near Fine Near Fine 
New York, Chicago, & San Francisco: Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1963. Lester del Rey (1915-1993) began publishing in the "Golden Age" of pulp science fiction; he was named as a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 1990. This is a Near Fine copy of the First American Edition (stated), which precedes the English. Bright yellow/orange paper-covered boards with black lettering. Clean text; 191 pages. Hint of a bump and the FFEP has been clipped; else a Fine copy. The dustjacket has just the tiniest bit of edgewear, also else Fine; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First American Edition.. Hard Cover. Near Fine/Near Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 65.00 USD
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15 Derleth, August (Editor) The Outer Reaches. Favorite Science-Fiction Tales Chosen By Their Authors
New York Pellegrini & Cudahy, Publishers 1951 First Edition Hardcover Fine Near Fine 
New York: Pellegrini & Cudahy, Publishers, 1951. This is a great anthology featuring seventeen stories by such greats as Poul Anderson, Isaac Asimov, Fritz Lieber, Theodore Sturgeon. A Fine copy of the First Edition. Black cloth binding with gilt lettering on the spine. Clean text; 342 pages; very fresh. The dustjacket is unclipped; there is a tiny bit of edgewear at the top of the spine and rear cover, and the spine is a bit faded; else a Fine copy and a great read.. First Edition. Hard Cover. Fine/Near Fine. 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 50.00 USD
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16 Du Maurier, George The Martian. A Novel
London & New York Harper & Bros 1898 First UK Edition. Hardcover Near Fine No Jacket 
London & New York: Harper & Bros, 1898. George Louis Palmella Busson Du Maurier (1834-1896) worked as an illustrator and cartoonist (mainly for "Punch"); with his eyesight failing, he turned to writing. This is a Near Fine copy of his third, posthumously-published fantasy/speculative fiction novel. The First English edition (published one year after the US). Dark blue smooth decorative cloth binding with an illustrated front cover; gilt lettering on the spine and the front. Clean and fresh text; 471 pages, with four pages of publisher's adverts in the rear. List of author's works and frontis portrait. Top-edge is gilt, others rough-cut. Mild bumps to the corners, else Fine. A superior copy of this interesting early "science fiction" novel. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First UK Edition.. Decorative Cloth. Near Fine/No Jacket. First Edition. 
Price: 100.00 USD
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17 Farmer, Phillip Jose To Your Scattered Bodies Go
New York Berkley Medallion 1971 Book Club (BCE/BOMC) Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: Berkley Medallion, 1971. The first volume of Farmer's acclaimed "Riverworld " series; somewhat uncommon in decent condition This is a Fine copy of the Book Club Edition, which can serve as a reasonable place-holder until one can afford the First Edition. Red paper-covered boards with black lettering on the spine. Clean and fresh text; 217 pages. The dustjacket is Very Good (Plus): unclipped, with light edgewear, some creasing and a closed tear. In an archival plastic protector.. Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. 12mo - over 6" - 7" tall. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 35.00 USD
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18 Gibson, William Idoru
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1996 0399141308 / 9780399141300 First Canadian Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1996. Prophetic cyberauthor Gibson has won most of the major awards available for science fiction. Fine copy in unclipped Fine DJ. Plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Canadian Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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19 Gibson, William Spook Country
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 2007 First Edition. Hardcover Fine Fine 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2007. Another Sci-Fi techno-mystery from the author of "Neuromancer." This is a Fine copy of the First Edition. Unclipped, Fine dustjacket; in an archival plastic protector. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. First Edition.. Hard Cover. Fine/Fine. Dust jacket present. First Edition. 
Price: 20.00 USD
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20 Heinlein, Robert A. Stranger in a Strange Land
New York G.P. Putnam's Sons 1961 Book Club (BCE/BOMC). Hardcover Fine Very Good Plus 
New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 1961. One of the landmarks of 20th-Century speculative fiction, winner of the Hugo Award, it either inspired or outraged a generation. This is a Fine copy of the Book Club Edition. Light green pebbled cloth binding with yellow spine lettering, yellow topstain. Absolutely clean and fresh text; 414 pages. The dustjacket is still bright and fresh, showing some minor edgewear. In a protective plastic cover. If you cannot afford a First Edition copy, this is a great place-holder. Size: 8vo - over 7" - 9" tall. Book Club (BCE/BOMC).. Hard Cover. Fine/Very Good Plus. Dust jacket present. 
Price: 175.00 USD
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