After quite a while resting on my more or less laurels (past listings) it's time to get a move on and put up some more listings. My goal is five books every day from now on. This should be achievable, but not according to my past performance.

These books get listed in three places: on Amazon, Biblio, and Half. Books without ISBNs (older books) generally will not be listed on half. My prices might vary between these three places. Amazon and Half tell me competing prices, so I peg mine on them. Thus, if the lowest price for Deadly Percheron is $98 on Amazon, I might peg mine at $95. If it weren't my only copy maybe I'd be more reasonable. In fact, I think my Biblio listing is more reasonable.

Going forward (and possibly backward), links to titles of books will send you to the main Amazon listing. My listing will be somewhere amidst the other maybe 237 listings. This is where my photo of the book can be seen, which will probably be a better one than the one Amazon features. Half doesn't let me attach my own photo—at least I don't think it does. Photos are also at biblio. Lots of older listings still don't have photos. Nor updated prices.

I've been lousy at selling direct via email. Sorry about that, if you've tried me. Listing through the major portals keeps me honest—also prompt and reliable.

Thursday, May 29, 2003

---Letter from me accompanying shipment of a Perley Poore Sheehan bibliography (which has been a pretty good seller), in response to an inquiry:
“Thanks for the order. As for books from Battered Silicon (KING OF THE PULPS), I haven’t been able to get their publications lately--mainly because I can’t meet their ordering guidelines for number of copies of individual titles I need to get at a time. Other publishers allow me to get assorted titles if they want me to buy ten books for the bookseller discount. I think Mike Chomko might be your person:
Michael P. Chomko
2217 W Fairview St
Allentown PA 18104-6542”

---I am drawing a blank here, but I pass along this email I received:
I think you already know who I am. But if you don't remember me, I am Carlton Mellick III author of the surreal-horror/bizarre-fantasy novels Razor Wire Pubic Hair, Satan Burger, The Baby Jesus Butt Plug, and Electric Jesus Corpse. I'm also going to be in the next Year's Best Fantasy and Horror.
Anyway, I'm hoping we could swap links. My website is at ... let me know yours and I'll link to it asap.
Well, good luck with everything and take care,
--Carlton Mellick III
author of the surreal and bizarre”

---Herewith unilateral link to there or mention of there but I will forego link from there to here.

---Another individualized response pasted here to maybe make my hard work go farther:
“I forgot to reply to your question about magazines. I don't think I have too many of those listed in my catalog at the moment. Except maybe:
LOCUS #409, 2/95, (1994: The year in SF) • ---# 421, 2/96, (1995: The year in SF) • --#423, 4/96, (Baxter & Holdstock interviews; H.L. Gold memorials), vg-f ea., $2
EXTRAPOLATION, win/83, (on Vance, Russ, Herbert, Clarke, Wells), vg 3.00
THE NEW YORK REVIEW OF SCIENCE FICTION #17, 1/90 (Pohl on Twain) • ---#18, 2/90 • ---#25, 9/90, (on Farmer & Ballard; Tony Daniel), vg each, 2.00
SCIENCE FICTION REVIEW, sum/91, (Special Fiction Section; Clancy editorial), vg $4
also, this, which you don't ask about:
SCIENCE-FICTION STUDIES #20 to #52, 3/80 to 11/90, (an entire decade of what is generally regarded as the most important academic journal in the SF field; critical analyses, book reviews), the entire 33-issue run, as new the set, 137.50
---#52 (1990), #59 (1993), #61 to #66 (1994-5), 8 issues, f as a set, 35.00
and this, SF-REVIEW related:
Geis, Richard RICHARD E. GEIS: A PERSONAL JOURNAL #1 to #13, self ('78-9), (xeroxed sheets; ravings & rants by noted fan & pornographer), vg the set, $25”

---Music played:
- Tin Hat Trio THE RODEO ERODED (Xgau: B Plus)
- Nirvana NIRVANA (2002)
- The Go-Betweens SPRING HILL FAIR (2-CD, with bonus disc) (Xgau: A Minus)
- compilation CD from Sweden (a heterogenius concoction with some fun Swedish pop, different renditions of familiar songs, etc.; genuinely likeable; the ease of burning CDs if you have the proper equipment makes these music compilations a neat thing to be able to do; by the way, my own CD Comp 5 is now ready to send)

5/21/03 WED:
---Another rat-race wild-goose chase. All for a little buzz developing in my CD player, plus the need to take a runoff of more copies of the Sheehan bibliography up to my printer in Ames, who I wanted to check in with anyway to explain my unaccounted absence these many weeks onto months. He had hoped I would stick with it at least another ten years to keep him in business that length of time he hoped to continue before retiring. I indicated I would try to have another catalog ready by the middle of June. He leaves for his vacation Jun 27, so I could bring him my layouts as late as Jun 23 and he would have some extra recreational cash.

---Then 60-cycle buzz offered up by CD player made me have to take it to the repair place recommended by Audio-Video Logic (where I bought it). Will have to get by with old Sony ES 5-disc changer (which actually sounds much better than the old player was starting to sound). Later: I am noticing a hardness or edginess in the sound that maybe would not be so relentless if I didn’t have half-inch thick Hyperlitz speaker cables that do nothing to filter or color the sound. So far, it has not been displeasing but I am not sure I will want to crank up the volume, even in deskchair sweetspot, as I could do before with my CAL Icon II without feeling any unpleasant onslaught seemingly no matter how far I turned the dial (the 4 ohm PS Stratus Mini speakers power hungriness might have played a role). Now I might just have to keep it down for my own sake, and not just that of others upstairs.
---Note that I remember the names of the equipment with some effort and perhaps imperfectly, having bought the system a few years ago and resolving then to stand pat with it, and not be continually wanting something better. They were all pretty much recommended components in Stereophile magazine. “C” pricerange with “$$$”, meaning (as I took it) that they performed as well as components in a higher pricerange. The CD player, however, was B-listed (‘A’ being the most and prohibitively expensive). I got it as “B stock” too, with cosmetic defects. It served long and well. I hope the repair needed won’t be excessive. These days CD-playback technology might have outstripped what this several-year-old player can deliver, so that even a cheapo unit might have capabilites that hadn’t even been invented then. But the build-quality, I think, is still there. Indeed, A-V Logic had just sold a used Cal Icon the day before, brought in by someone trading up. I maybe should have inquired what the up-trade was for, but I don’t need to be contemplating any costly moves myself. I think the buyer of the trade-in was maybe smarter than the trader-inner, despite my unit having taken a southerly turn.
---Anyway, that is some of what I did all day.

Tuesday, May 27, 2003

---Lately I have not been as smitten with the sound quality from my stereo system. Yesterday I noticed a buzzing sound coming from my CD player. It became quite noticible, even while music was playing (especially The Cardinall’s Music which depends on a catherdal sound allowing reverberations to be held during pauses). It does not take an audiophile to be annoyed by a buzzing sound. I took it in to AudioVideoLogic where I bought it a few years ago, and they turned me over to their technician in another part of town. But he was not open today, so tomorrow I have another excursion to run that will not help my forward momentum toward getting everything done.

---I guess it paid off to send the PKD list, because every last one of the paperbacks are now sold. So once again I am without any PKD pbs. Maybe I should price them higher.

---Music played:
- The Byrd Edition 6: THE CARDINALL’S MUSICK (Music for the Holy Week and Easter) - better late than never
- Bettie Serveert LOG 22 (Xgau: A Minus) - hails from Urbana IL (“Smack in the middle of ridiculous places, smack in the middle where I shouldn’t have been.”)

---Need to get orders ready to send to Leisure Books (distributed by HarperCollins but I am not sure I can combine all titles; besides I have plenty for a decent-enough size Leisure order, especially since they only shipped half of what was on my last invoice--reminding me of the sticky point here: having to re-construct the order for books not received then). Also ordering from Tartarus soon (books sold out that may still be available).

---Music played:
- Bill Evans THE PARIS CONCERT, Edition One (1979 jazz)
- compilation from Jan-Erik in Sweden (from Nov of last year)

Monday, May 19, 2003

---Email sent that might be of interest to more than one recipient:
“I seem to have fallen by the wayside issuing printed catalogs. My infrequent email updates and weblog entries seems to be keeping me in business, as well as unexpected emails such as yours which have been a lifeblood, since they often precipitate further business. To that end, although I don't think I have a lot of PKD new arrivals, I am always on the lookout and that may have brought in a thing or two of interest. At any rate, her is what I have now. In hc:
Dick, Philip K. THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, SFBC, nd, new in dj 6.98
---SELECTED LETTERS OF…, Volume One: 1938-1971, Underwood ('96), (1st), (another map of the man; introduction by James Blaylock), new in dj 39.95

Misc. Softcover:
Dick, Philip K. THE COLLECTED STORIES OF…, Volume 1, Citadel, 8th, new 14.95
--- CONFESSIONS OF A CRAP ARTIST, Vintage, 4th, new 10.00
---THE DIVINE INVASION, Vintage, 2nd, new 10.00
---DO ANDROIDS DREAM OF ELECTRIC SHEEP?, Del Rey, 6th, new 13.00
---DR. BLOODMONEY, Vintage, 5/02, (post-nuclear holocaust), new 13.00
---FLOW MY TEARS, THE POLICEMAN SAID, Vintage, 3rd, vg $6; new 10.00
---GALACTIC POT-HEALER, Vintage, 5th, new 12.00
---THE GAME-PLAYERS OF TITAN, Vintage, 2nd, new 10.00
---THE MAN IN THE HIGH CASTLE, Vintage, 7th, (Hugo-winning novel), new 10.00
---A MAZE OF DEATH, Vintage, 4th, new 11.00
---THE MINORITY REPORT and Other Classic Stories, Citadel, 6th, new 14.95
---THE PHILIP K. DICK READER, Citadel, 4th, (two dozen stories), new 15.95
---A SCANNER DARKLY, Vintage, 12/91, new 10.00
---SECOND VARIETY and Other Classic Stories, Citadel, 5/02, (from '50s), new 14.95
---THE SHIFTING REALITIES OF…: Selected Literary and Philosophical Writings, Vintage, 3rd, (Edited and with an Introduction by Lawrence Sutin), new 13.00
---THE THREE STIGMATA OF PALMER ELDRITCH, Vintage, 12/91, new 10.00
---VALIS, Vintage, 2nd, new $10; 4th, vg 7.00
---WE CAN REMEMBER IT FOR YOU WHOLESALE and Other Classic Stories, Citadel, 5/02, (stories from '52-5 except title story; Spinrad intro), new 14.95
(and of course the Galactic Central bibliography)

iPocketessentials 29 Butler, Andrew M. PHILIP K. DICK, '00, (almost everything), new 6.95
zzzDel Rey 30129 Dick, Philip K. BLADE RUNNER (=Do Androids Dream…), 4th, vg 4.00
zzzDell pb 11084 Dick, Philip K. CLANS OF THE ALPHANE MOON, 1/80, g-vg 3.50
zzzAce G- 637 Dick, Philip K. & Ray Nelson THE GANYMEDE TAKEOVER, ('67), g 4.50
zzzAce F- 377 Dick, Philip K. THE CRACK IN SPACE, ('66), (orig), vg+ 10.00
zzzBelmont 618 Dick, Philip K. TIME OUT OF JOINT, 2/65, vg 6.00
zzzDell pb 9200 Dick, Philip K. UBIK, 5/70, g 4.00
zzzBantam 14156 Dick, Philip K. VALIS, 2nd, g 3.50
Bantam 20594 Dick, Philip K. VALIS, 4th(10/81), vg 5.00”

---I pasted the list of Contributions to the Study of Science Fiction and Fantasy published by Greenwood Press:
* "A Better Country" - The Worlds of Religious Fantasy and Science Fiction
Martha C. Sammons (2/24/1988)
* A Century of Welsh Myth in Children's Literature
Donna R. White (4/30/1998)
* A Literary Symbiosis - Science Fiction/Fantasy Mystery
Hazel Beasley Pierce (11/16/1983)
* Alien to Femininity - Speculative Fiction and Feminist Theory
Marleen S. Barr (8/14/1987)
* Apertures - A Study of the Writings of Brian W. Aldiss
Brian Griffin, David Wingrove (3/5/1984)
* Aspects of Fantasy - Selected Essays from the Second International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film
William Coyle (1/22/1986)
* Back in the Spaceship Again - Juvenile Science Fiction Series Since 1945
Karen Sands, Marietta Frank (8/30/1999)
* Chaos Theory, Asimov's Foundations and Robots, and Herbert's Dune - The Fractal Aesthetic of Epic Science Fiction
Donald E. Palumbo (12/30/2002)
* Clockwork Worlds - Mechanized Environments in SF
Richard D. Erlich, Thomas P. Dunn (12/28/1983)
* Comic Tones in Science Fiction - The Art of Compromise with Nature
Donald M. Hassler (10/25/1982)
* Contours of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Eighth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Michele K. Langford (5/23/1990)
* Cosmic Engineers - A Study of Hard Science Fiction
Gary Westfahl (2/28/1996)
* Death and the Serpent - Immortality in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Carl B. Yoke, Donald M. Hassler (1/22/1985)
* Dracula in the Dark - The Dracula Film Adaptations
James Craig Holte (5/30/1997)
* Ellipse of Uncertainty - An Introduction to Postmodern Fantasy
Lance Olsen (4/3/1987)
* Eros in the Mind's Eye - Sexuality and the Fantastic in Art and Film
Donald Palumbo (7/16/1986)
* Erotic Universe - Sexuality and Fantastic Literature
Donald Palumbo (2/21/1986)
* Fantastic Odysseys - Selected Essays from the Twenty-Second International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Mary Pharr (3/30/2003)
* Folklore and the Fantastic in Twelve Modern Irish Novels
Marguerite Quintelli-Neary (12/30/1997)
* Forms of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Third International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film
Jan Hokenson, Howard Pearce (5/15/1986)
* Formula Fiction? - An Anatomy of American Science Fiction, 1930-1940
Frank Cioffi (10/27/1982)
* Foundations of Science Fiction - A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce (3/4/1987)
* From Satire to Subversion - The Fantasies of James Branch Cabell
James D. Riemer (7/21/1989)
* Functions of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Thirteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Joe Sanders (11/30/1995)
* Great Themes of Science Fiction - A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce (10/20/1987)
* H. P. Lovecraft - A Critical Study
Donald R. Burleson (9/27/1983)
* Immortal Monster - The Mythological Evolution of the Fantastic Beast in Modern Fiction and Film
Joseph D. Andriano (1/30/1999)
* In the Image of God - Theme, Characterization, and Landscape in the Fiction of Orson Scott Card
Michael R. Collings (4/10/1990)
* Into Darkness Peering - Race and Color in the Fantastic
Elisabeth Anne Leonard (7/30/1997)
* J.R.R. Tolkien and His Literary Resonances - Views of Middle-earth
George Clark, Daniel Timmons (9/30/2000)
* Kurt Vonnegut - Images and Representations
Marc Leeds, Peter J. Reed (5/30/2000)
* Lord Dunsany - Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination
S. T. Joshi (3/30/1995)
* Merlin's Daughters - Contemporary Women Writers of Fantasy
Charlotte Spivack (1/13/1987)
* Modes of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Twelfth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Robert A. Latham, Robert A. Collins (9/30/1995)
* Monsters, Mushroom Clouds, and the Cold War - American Science Fiction and the Roots of Postmodernism, 1946-1964
M. Keith Booker (5/30/2001)
* More Real Than Reality - The Fantastic in Irish Literature and the Arts
Donald E. Morse, Csilla Bertha (11/30/1991)
* No Cure for the Future - Disease and Medicine in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Gary Westfahl, George Slusser (9/30/2002)
* Odd Genre - A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce (3/30/1994)
* Offensive Films - Toward an Anthropology of Cinema Vomitif
Mikita Brottman (7/30/1997)
* Out of the Night and Into the Dream - Thematic Study of the Fiction of J.G. Ballard
Gregory Stephenson (10/30/1991)
* Philip K. Dick - Contemporary Critical Interpretations
Samuel J. Umland (1/30/1995)
* Phoenix From the Ashes - The Literature of the Remade World
Carl B. Yoke (11/13/1987)
* Reflections on the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Fourth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Michael R. Collings (10/16/1986)
* Rewriting the Women of Camelot - Arthurian Popular Fiction and Feminism
Ann F. Howey (2/28/2001)
* Robbe-Grillet and the Fantastic - A Collection of Essays
Virginia Harger-Grinling, Tony Chadwick (3/30/1994)
* Robert Silverberg's Many Trapdoors - Critical Essays on His Science Fiction
Charles L. Elkins, Martin Harry Greenberg (11/30/1992)
* Science and Destabilization in the Modern American Gothic - Lovecraft, Matheson, and King
David A. Oakes (6/30/2000)
* Science and Social Science in Bram Stoker's Fiction
Carol A. Senf (10/30/2002)
* Science Fiction and the Theatre
Ralph Willingham (11/30/1993)
* Science Fiction Fandom
Joe Sanders (11/30/1994)
* Science Fiction for Young Readers
C.W. Sullivan III (3/30/1993)
* Science Fiction, Canonization, Marginalization, and the Academy
Gary Westfahl, George Slusser (1/30/2002)
* Science Fiction, Children's Literature, and Popular Culture - Coming of Age in Fantasyland
Gary Westfahl (4/30/2000)
* Seven Masters of Supernatural Fiction
Edward Wagenknecht (10/30/1991)
* Some Kind of Paradise - The Emergence of American Science Fiction
Thomas D. Clareson (12/11/1985)
* Space and Beyond - The Frontier Theme in Science Fiction
Gary Westfahl (1/30/2000)
* Spectrum of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Sixth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Donald Palumbo (3/30/1988)
* Spiritual Exploration in the Works of Doris Lessing
Phyllis Sternberg Perrakis (4/30/1999)
* Staging the Impossible - The Fantastic Mode in Modern Drama
Patrick D. Murphy (11/30/1992)
* State of the Fantastic - Studies in the Theory and Practice of Fantastic Literature and Film
Nicholas Ruddick (7/30/1992)
* Strange Constellations - A History of Australian Science Fiction
Russell Blackford, Van Ikin, Sean McMullen (5/30/1999)
* Strange Shadows - The Uncollected Fiction and Essays of Clark Ashton Smith
Steve Behrends (4/4/1989)
* The Aesthetics of Ambivalence - Rethinking Science Fiction Film in the Age of Electronic (Re) Production
Brooks Landon (8/30/1992)
* The Celebration of the Fantastic - Selected Papers from the Tenth Anniversary International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Donald E. Morse, Marshall B. Tymn, Csilla Bertha (9/30/1992)
* The Comedy of the Fantastic - Ecological Perspectives on the Fantasy Novel
Don D. Elgin (2/19/1985)
* The Company of Camelot - Arthurian Characters in Romance and Fantasy
Charlotte Spivack, Roberta Lynne Staples (12/30/1994)
* The Connecticut Yankee in the Twentieth Century - Travel to the Past in Science Fiction
Bud Foote (11/30/1990)
* The Dark Descent - Essays Defining Stephen King's Horrorscape
Tony Magistrale (3/30/1992)
* The Dark Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Ninth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
C. W. Sullivan III (2/28/1997)
* The Dystopian Impulse in Modern Literature - Fiction as Social Criticism
M. Keith Booker (5/30/1994)
* The Fantastic in World Literature and the Arts - Selected Essays from the Fifth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Donald E. Morse (11/11/1987)
* The Fantastic Sublime - Romanticism and Transcendence in Nineteenth-Century Children's Fantasy Literature
David Sandner (11/30/1996)
* The Fantastic Vampire - Studies in the Children of the Night--Selected Essays from the Eighteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
James Craig Holte (3/30/2002)
* The Intersection of Science Fiction and Philosophy - Critical Studies
Robert E. Myers (11/22/1983)
* The Legacy of Olaf Stapledon - Critical Essays and an Unpublished Manuscript
Patrick A. McCarthy, Charles Elkins, Martin Harry Greenberg (1/10/1989)
* The Lost Worlds Romance - From Dawn Till Dusk
Allienne R. Becker (6/30/1992)
* The Mechanical God - Machines in Science Fiction
Thomas P. Dunn, Richard D. Erlich (10/28/1982)
* The Novels of Kurt Vonnegut - Imagining Being an American
Donald E. Morse (8/30/2003)
* The Poetic Fantastic - Studies in an Evolving Genre
Patrick D. Murphy, Vernon Hyles (11/20/1989)
* The Reclamation of a Queen - Guinevere in Modern Fantasy
Barbara Ann Gordon-Wise (2/28/1991)
* The Return from Avalon - A Study of the Arthurian Legend in Modern Fiction
Raymond H. Thompson (2/19/1985)
* The Road to Castle Mount - The Science Fiction of Robert Silverberg
Edgar L. Chapman (10/30/1999)
* The Scope of the Fantastic--Culture, Biography, Themes, Children's Literature - Selected Essays from the First International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature and Film
Robert A. Collins, Howard D. Pearce (11/14/1985)
* The Scope of the Fantastic--Theory, Technique, Major Authors - Selected Essays from the First International Conference on the Fantastic in Literature
Robert A. Collins, Howard D. Pearce (4/25/1985)
* The Shape of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Seventh International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Olena H. Saciuk (1/25/1990)
* The Supernatural in Short Fiction of the Americas - The Other World in the New World
Dana Del George (8/30/2001)
* The Transcendent Adventure - Studies of Religion in Science Fiction/Fantasy
Robert Reilly (1/24/1985)
* The Unexpected Universe of Doris Lessing - A Study in Narrative Technique
Katherine Fishburn (12/6/1985)
* The Utopian Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Twentieth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Martha Bartter (12/30/2003)
* The Way to Ground Zero - The Atomic Bomb in American Science Fiction
Martha A. Bartter (10/24/1988)
* Tolkien's Legendarium - Essays on The History of Middle-earth
Verlyn Flieger, Carl F. Hostetter (1/30/2000)
* Trajectories of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Fourteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Michael A. Morrison (10/30/1997)
* Transformations of Language in Modern Dystopias
David W. Sisk (12/30/1997)
* Transrealist Fiction - Writing in the Slipstream of Science
Damien Broderick (6/30/2000)
* Ultimate Island - On the Nature of British Science Fiction
Nicholas Ruddick (1/30/1993)
* Unearthly Visions - Approaches to Science Fiction and Fantasy Art
Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, Kathleen Church Plummer (1/30/2002)
* Visions of the Fantastic - Selected Essays from the Fifteenth International Conference on the Fantastic in the Arts
Allienne R. Becker (12/30/1996)
* Welsh Celtic Myth in Modern Fantasy
C.W. Sullivan III (3/7/1989)
* When World Views Collide - A Study in Imagination and Evolution
John J. Pierce (5/23/1989)
* Worlds Enough and Time - Explorations of Time in Science Fiction and Fantasy
Gary Westfahl, George Slusser, David Leiby (6/30/2002)
* Worlds Within Women - Myth and Mythmaking in Fantastic Literature by Women
Thelma J. Shinn (10/16/1986)
* Young Adult Science Fiction
C.W. Sullivan III (3/30/1999)

---Anyone interested in any of these titles, let me know. Maybe my next order will be sooner rather than later. Check their website for exorbitant prices. Keep in mind my 20% discount if you belong to the discount plan.

5/17/03 SAT:
---Got back from Illinois with Neil. He was grilled by Amy about his school year for half of the six-hour drive back and slept the other half. He seems a little gaunt and sleep deprived but otherwise appears to be doing okay. He does plan to return to school in the fall, so it looks like he wants to keep at it. I tried to interest him in helping me out a bit this summer with my seriously understaffed book business. One lazy person (me by myself) can’t quite seem to cut it. But he does not think it would be very interesting. To me it is perpetually of utmost interest, but not every one is me. Not even Neil--or especially not Neil. Maybe I can give him projects here and there that he will be willing to take on. I told him he could even keep track of how much time he spends working for me and I would give him maybe $10 an hour (what he got at Big Creek Software, the last place he worked). It would seem he could be quite an asset, with his aptitudes. I should try to keep thinking of ways to involve him. But I would hope for a better future for him than to end up being the sole-proprietor of a mailorder book business.

5/16/03 FRI:
---Went to Champaign-Urbana to pick up Neil from the university there upon completion of his first year.

Friday, May 16, 2003

---Catalogued today:
CEMETERY DANCE #43, '03, (Ramsey Campbell, Hugh B. Cave, Ed Gorman, Graham Joyce, Gary Raisor, new 5.00

VanderMeer, Jeff VENISS UNDERGROUND, Night Shade ('03), 1st edn thus, one of 750 SIGNED copies, (adds afterword and new story), new in dj 40.00
---I still have the Prime Press trade pb for $15.

---Books from White Wolf here, after long-delayed order. It could be they have gone over completely to gaming books, but a few of their earlier books were still available. I don’t think I can set up links to the individual titles but further descriptions are easy enough to find from the White Wolf website:
Collins, Nancy A. DARKEST HEART: A Sonja Blue Novel, White Wolf, 9/02, 1st edn, new 11.99

Moorcock, Michael CORUM: The Prince With the Silver Hand, White Wolf, 2/99, 1st hc edn, (Eternal Champion #12; 3-in-1 edn; collects The Bull and the Spear, The Oak and the Ram & The Sword And the Stallion), new in dj 24.99
---EARL AUBEC and Other Stories, White Wolf, 11/99, 1st hc edn, (Eternal Champion #14; 590 pages), new in dj 24.99

---And back in stock:
Collins, Nancy A. A DOZEN BLACK ROSES, White Wolf ('96), (hip vampire), new 11.99

Gunn, James (ed) THE ROAD TO SCIENCE FICTION Volume 6: AROUND THE WORLD, Borealis, 5/98, 1st, (exploeres the SF written in 16 countries), new 14.99

---There were also a bunch of White Wolf paperbacks which I have not catalogued yet. They are mostly series novels (Clan, Vampire, Dark Ages, Predator & Prey) special ordered for customers or replacing sold out titles.

---A batch has arrived from Greenwood. These excessively-priced editions intended for the library market I can give a 20% discount, if that puts them closer within reach of the average person. I had to order at least ten books to get the discount, so it might be a while before I can try for another batch:
Ashley, Mike ALGERNON BLACKWOOD: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood '87, 1st, (Ramsey Campbell foreword), new no dj as issued 74.95

Clareson, Thomas D. SOME KIND OF PARADISE: The Emergence of American Science Fiction, Greenwood '85, 1st, (history of American SF), new in dj $68

Collings, Michael R. IN THE IMAGE OF GOD: Theme, Characterization, and Landscape In the Fiction of Orson Scott Card, Greenwood '90, 1st, (bibliography, list of works cited; index), new no dj as issued 64.95

Pierce, John J. WHEN WORLD VIEWS COLLIDE: A Study in Imagination and Evolution, Greenwood '89, 1st, (del Rey foreword), new no dj as issued 69.95

---And back in stock:
McCarthy, Patrick A., Charles Elkins & Martin Harry Greenberg (eds) THE LEGACY OF OLAF STAPLEDON: Critical Essays and An Unpublished Manuscript, Greenwood '89, 1st, new no dj as issued 54.95

Roberson, William H. & Robert L. Battenfeld WALTER M. MILLER, Jr.: A Bio-Bibliography, Greenwood '92, 1st, (glossaries), new no dj as issued 54.95

Shreffler, Philip A. THE H.P. LOVECRAFT COMPANION, Greenwood, 3rd, (offers a roadmap through Lovecraft's nightmare), new no dj as issued 62.95

---I also received a slightly damaged copy of:
Joshi, S.T. LORD DUNSANY: Master of the Anglo-Irish Imagination, Greenwood '95, 1st, (includes bibliography, index), new no dj as issued 69.95
which I guess I will send back. Also, this:
Joshi, S.T. & David E. Schultz AN H.P. LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA, Greenwood '01, 1st, (exhaustive guide; essential), new no dj as issued 79.95
but the copies I have now are already spoken for. I will re-order again next time, whenever than may be.

---I am finally readying an order to send to Wildside, since one of the customers for the LOVECRAFT ENCYCLOPEDIA also wanted a couple books from Wildside. Later: word that the Wildside order is being processed, so maybe it will not be so long. Again, mainly books for special orderers and replacing sold-out stock. If I were to delve over their inventory a bit, I am sure the order could have been several times larger.

---Music played (if not listened to):
- Atmosphere GOD LOVES UGLY (Xgau: A Minus)
- Youssou N’Dour NOTHING’S IN VAIN (Xgau: A)
- Derek and the Dominoes LAYLA (Xgau: A Plus)
- Lou Reed THE RAVEN (Xgau: B Plus)

---I can’t find a publisher’s website to set up a link for this, but it is blurbed as the quintessence of some ofthe most inspired creativity you will find anywhere in the world of supernatural fiction:
Blackwood, Algernon PAN'S GARDEN: A Volume of Nature Stories, Stark House, 4/03, (orig: 1912; Mike Ashley intro), new 17.95

---I meant to only run 9.5 miles but a couple quarter-mile markers were missing so I ended up going 10.5 miles. Slowed down considerably toward the end but made it in probably at least a speed-walk pace.

---Music played (if not listened to):
- James Moody/George Walllington THE BEGINNING AND END OF BOP (Blue Note Jazz Classics) - one of my many cutout vinyl LPs from way back when; this has a notched corner. I wish I had another shot at picking up some of these now, especially at the price I paid then.
- Sonny Rollins KEN BURNS JAZZ (Xgau: A Plus)
- Afrika Bambaataa LOOKING FOR THE PERFECT BEAT 1980-1985 (Xgau: A Minus)
- STABAT MATER: Late medieval Motets of Penitence and Passion
- Peter Garland THE DAYS RUN AWAY (Tzadik)
- Synaesthesia DEATH AMBIENT
- Le Tigre FROM THE DESK OF MR. LADY (Xgau: B Plus)

Thursday, May 15, 2003

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---Music played (if not listened to):
- Koffi Olomide BEST OF KOFFI OLOMIDE (Xgau: A Minus)
- Shania Twain THE WOMAN IN ME (Xgau: HM*)
- Charles Mingus KEN BURNS JAZZ

Tuesday, May 13, 2003

---Terribly difficult to get me to stay down in the cellar on this picture-perfect day. Behind on laundry for clothesline, the lawn needing to be mowed, Sunday NY TIMES in mail, etc.

---Another book here now:
Bishop, Michael BRIGHTEN TO INCANDESCENCE: 17 Stories, Golden Gryphon '03, 1st edn, (Golden Gryphon Book #26; Lucius Shepard intro), new in dj 24.95

CRAWDADDY new #28, 5/03, (rock and roll; last issue of new series), new 4.00
---Too bad to see Paul Williams forced to fold Crawdaddy (link shows contents of Issue 27 and earlier--most of which I still have in stock if you want them from me [30% discount to members of discount plan]). I remember CRAWDADDY in its initial incarnation. I think I remember a column by Paul Krassner and Paul Williams’ early promoting of Philip K. Dick. This was probably something that helped herd me back into reading SF after I may have strayed. For some real nostalgia I should spring for the Archival issues from 1966-1968 that are available--and help Paul with the debt which is forcing him to take a real job (writing the catalog for a music museum).

---Still no response from Subterranean. I will now begin letting customers know that they will have to seek elsewhere than through me for their books.

5/11/03 Sun:
---Mother’s Day

5/10/03 Sat:
---Threatening weather played a part in keeping me offlne.

---Bigtime downpour around midnight was hard to sleep through and recycling truck barrelling around 6AM I woke up tired and incapable.

---No reply from Subterranean to my email. Maybe I should have been less petulant. I won’t remind them of my order for HANDFUL OF COPPERS. If they lose my orders for SIDESHOW, AZTECHS, BOOK OF DAYS and send me books I did not order, that is about all I should have to deal with.
---This appended to my final reckoning with Subterranean:
note: I guess you might as well cancel my account: for at least four reasons (per my email bitchings and moanings, which I’m sure we both are getting tired of). It is just that I have to have some expectation that orders I place will be filled and not disregarded or discarded.
---Perhaps precipitous but I am disappointed that what I thought was an okay relationship seems to have disintegrated. Just for fun I asked my spreadsheet to tell me how much I have sent you over the years: it is $12356.76 since 1999, not including present remittance. I myself would not want to forsake that kind of business, but I am nowhere near the kind of operation Subterranean is.

---Music played:
- Blood, Sweat & Tears CHILD IS FATHER TO THE MAN (LP)--skippy and scratchy but still fun to spin the same grooves I spun so many times way back then)
- The Go-Betweens BRIGHT YELLOW BRIGH ORANGE (Xgau: B Plus)
- Jon Langford and His Sadies MAYORS OF THE MOON (Xgau: A Minus)

Friday, May 9, 2003

---I don’t know how long I will be able to have the computer on today, with the forecast for another bout of severe thunderstorms. The sky is starting to look dark.

---It ended up the storms held off until evening. They were strong but not tornadic here as elsewhere. Maybe another inch or two of rain. Lots of sump pumps running hereabouts, but ours still hasn’t started to kick in. I hope that is not because it is malfunctioning. It has been a while since it has been needed. Our land has exceptional drainage, so I feel like just about any amount of rain can be taken in by our soil (famous last words--I hope not). I turned on the dehumidifiers a couple weeks ago. This year I added a couple fans to give circulation down there. I should have had them down there before, because it sure seems to make a difference.

---CDs played:
- Marianne Faithfull KISSIN TIME (Xgau: A Minus)
- Dexter Gordon GO! (1962 jazz) - I like these original albums, as opposed to something like a multi-disc THE COMPLETE BLUE NOTE RECORDINGS OF DEXTER GORDON with alternate takes.

---A couple more arrivals:
Kirk, Russell WHAT SHADOWS WE PURSUE: Ghost Stories, Volume Two, Ash-Tree '03, 1st, (Edited, with an Introduction by John Pelan), new in dj 45.00
Partridge, Norman THE HOUSE INSIDE, Subterranean '03, 1st edn, SIGNED, booklet, new 12.00
---Finally received this, after three or four reminders about my order. I should have also received another chapbook (Ligotti’s SIDESHOW), but I guess that is another no-go. I see it is listed as sold out on their webpage. I am getting tired of having my orders show up months later than other dealers, and my having to remind them to send books, and keep track of their doings lest I lose out. Regretfully, I ended sending them this email:
“I was waiting to return the not-ordered EMBRACE THE MUTATION ltd. expecting long ago the three more AZTECHS you promised (prior to its going OP). Also, Ligotti SIDESHOW and now BOOK OF DAYS which I hear has shipped a while ago but has not shown up here. It seems maybe you would prefer we just part ways. I can't be promising customers books and then have them disappear, with my orders evidently ignored. You seem to be doing fine without my business and you come up with some nice books to publish, so maybe we should just clean up this mess by declaring it null and void. Look for my check for recent invoices with book return. I would say cancel my orders but that seems to have happened already anyway.”
---My exasperation is tempered by the knowledge that there are many who I am sure perceive my own performance as no better. I well know how things can get delayed and seemingly lost, but I get the sense here that I do not need to keep trying to horn in and get books from someplace that will not seem to even try to keep track of my orders. Lots of dealers I am sure are swarming for the books published by Subterranean, so I feel quite superfluous as a source for their books. I apologize to those who I have led to expect I could supply these books. Maybe Subterranean will bow and scrape to keep my business, but my inclination is to give it up. I figured out a couple years ago, when I was also having difficulties that by 2001 I had sent Subterranean more than $10,000. What it has been since then I could figure out too, but do not feel so inclined at the moment. But I am sure it has been substantial enough--at least for my level of business. I guess not for theirs.

---CDs played:
- Black Box Recorder THE FACTS OF LIFE (Xgau: A Minus)
- Unsung Heroes UNLEASHED (Xgau: A Minus)

Wednesday, May 7, 2003

---These catalogued today:
Howard, Elizabeth Jane THREE MILES UP and Other Strange Stories, Tartarus '03, 1st thus, (four stories collected here for the first time), new in dj 40.00

Willis, Connie ROSWELL, VEGAS, AND AREA 51: Travels With Courtney, Wormhole Contemporary Chapbook Vol 8 ('02), 1st edn, one of 1052 total SIGNED copies, new 13.00
---another copy of the preceding, one of 250 hardback copies, new no dj issued $35

---Thunderstorms the past several days. Yesterday was okay, as is today, but I still managed to fritter away the time. Lots of times I may have otherwise had the computer on but the thunder and lightning were too close for comfort. We have had maybe 10 inches of rain (by my unofficial compilation) in the past week-and-a-half. So far no problems with our house, unlike some unfortunates in states to the south, in the path of the twister-swath. That kind of thing usually starts out somewhat to our south then works its way up here as the season progresses, so I look forward to a few tenterhook days coming up. That is the way it is this time of year in this part of the country. I don’t think I will ever get used to it!

---I think I quoted an outlandish figure earlier on empty boxes for the Manly Wade Wellman SELECTED STORIES set from Night Shade. I thought what I wrote down from my earlier conversation with Night Shade that maybe I heard wrong or wrote it down wrong. Now It looks like they will cost me about $25+ including shipping. I will pass them along at cost with your next book order, if you have one pending or one you would like to send (email at Let me know ASAP if you want one.
---Here is the email from Night Shade that I received:
“Hi all,

If you're reading this, then you expressed interest in ordering slipcases
for our Wellman series. Here's the details.

The slipcase will hold all five volumes, and will look nice. However,
there's a catch. The source for the slipcases is expensive, and I don't
have a lot of other options. The slipcases will run $22 apiece, plus
shipping. The original estimate was around $10-$11 a pop, but I guess not.
I'm open to options, if anyone knows any.

The upside is that only subscribers and dealers will get slipcases, so you
guys will be the only source for slipcases.

If you're still interested, I need a final order by the end of the week,
so I can get the order in and get it started.


Jason Williams
Night Shade Books”

---I suppose five $35 books could afford to take on a $25 slipcase. Let me know if you want me to try to put together a set of the books too.

---My reply to a person who wants to help me out by selling books on eBay for me:
“Sorry I haven't replied about your eBay thoughts. I haven't had a chance to look into that. I will consult with my son (or try to--he stays up until 5AM, just about when I arise) when he gets back from college in a couple weeks. He does a bit of business with eBay (as a customer as far as I know), but he could maybe give me some insight into how I should proceed. I know there is a much larger customer base out there than what I am presently tapped into, and I do appreciate your thinking about how I can make improvements in this area.”

---CDs played:
- THE COMPLETE STAX/VOLT SOUL SINGLES Volume 2: 1968-1971 (Disc 6)
- Ali Hussan Kuban THE ROUGH GUIDE TO… (Xgau: A Minus)
- Love FOREVER CHANGES (Xgau: A Minus)

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Saturday, May 3, 2003

---Finally getting around to cataloguing the batch of Random House books sitting around here for an atrociously long time:
Adams, Douglas THE SALMON OF DOUBT: Hitchhiking the Galaxy One Last Time, Harmony, 7th, (chapters culled from novel-in-progress, other writings), new in dj 24.00
Brin, David & Kevin Lenagh CONTACTING ALIENS: An Illustrated Guide to David Brin's Uplift Universe, Spectra, 7/02, 1st, (essential companion), new 14.95
Burroughs, Edgar Rice THE LAND THAT TIME FORGOT, Modern Library '02, 1st thus, (Aldiss intro; with Reading Group Guide questions), new 12.95
de Bernières, Louis CORELLI'S MANDOLIN, Vintage International, 5th, new 14.00
Dick, Philip K.DR. BLOODMONEY, Vintage, 5/02, (post-nuclear holocaust), new 13.00
Lessig, Lawrence THE FUTURE OF IDEAS: The Fate of the Commons In a Connected World, Vintage, 2nd, (technology/law; with a 2002 preface), new 15.00
Lovecraft, H.P.MORE ANNOTATED LOVECRAFT, Dell, 2nd, (Joshi & Cannon [eds]), new 13.95
Robinson, Kim Stanley THE YEARS OF RICE AND SALT, Bantam, 6th, (alternate history), new in dj 25.95
Starr, Jason HARD FEELINGS, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 1/02, 1st, new 12.00
Sterling, Bruce TOMORROW NOW: Envisioning the Next Fifty Years, Random House '03, 1st edn, (what to expect next in culture, geopolitics, and business), new in dj 24.95
Vachss, Andrew THE GETAWAY MAN, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2nd, new 11.00
---ONLY CHILD, Knopf '02, 1st edn, (a Burke novel), new in dj 24.00

---And these back in stock:
Bear, Greg VITALS, Del Rey, 1/02, 1st edn, (biotech-murder continuum), new in dj 24.95
Blease, Kathleen (ed) ONE DARK NIGHT: 13 Masterpieces of the Macabre, Ballantine, 9/00, 1st edn, (full of gothic mood and ghastly haunts), new 10.00
Highsmith, Patricia THE BOY WHO FOLLOWED RIPLEY, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 10th, (psychologicially intricate & hauntingly perverse masterwork), new $12
Jones, Stephen (ed) SHADOWS OVER INNSMOUTH, Del Rey, 9/01, (Lovecraft, others), new 14.00
Niven, Larry THREE BOOKS OF KNOWN SPACE, Del Rey, 7th, (3-in-1 edn), new 15.95
Stephenson, Neal THE DIAMOND AGE, Spectra, 5th, new 13.95
Vachss, Andrew BORN BAD: Stories, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 2nd, new 13.00
---SACRIFICE, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 7th, (P.I. Burke), new 12.00
---SHELLA, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 10th, (Burke; boiled to hte bone), new 12.00
---STREGA, Vintage Crime/Black Lizard, 8th, (Burke), new 12.00
Wagner, Phyllis Cerf & Herbert A. Wise (eds) GREAT TALES OF TERROR & THE SUPERNATURAL, Modern Library, 6th, (orig: '44; 1034 pp), new in dj 24.95

---I don’t know if I will go to the trouble of setting up links to the descriptions of these books individually, but here are some publisher links to possibly follow: Random House, Bantam Dell, Del Rey, Knopf, Modern Library, or Vintage.

---A new one from PS Publishing :
Roberts, Adam JUPITER MAGNIFIED, PS, 3/03, (Lovegrove intro; 104 pp), new $16
---By the way, when I recently added a couple out of stock items to my order for upcoming PS releases, I received word that THE TAIN is sold out.

---Sent an order out to White Wolf, for things that had built up in my order file, mostly special orders and restocks. If I need to order from them again soon (as often proves to be the case, even though this order has been building up for literally years), I will pore over their more recent releases and whatnot to find out what I maybe should be getting. In the meantime, it looks like these guys are still in business, probably mostly with the game-related merchandise. I did not look to find out, not wanting to beef up my order any more than it is already. Although now that I think about it I should have at least checked to see if maybe they ever came out with more in their Harlan Ellison series. I know I am ordering some Moorcock and ROAD TO SCIENCE FICTION books but for all I am aware these may be long gone.

---CDs played (all week):
- Blue Oyster Cult AGENTS OF FORTUNE (LP, side two) (Xgau: B plus) - as good as I remember it (one of my favorites back in the day)
- LFTR-PLLR SOFT ROCK (2-CD) (Xgau: A Minus)
- King Sunny Ade THE BEST OF THE CLASSIC YEARS (Xgau: A Plus)
- Fela Anikulapo Kuti ROFOROFO FIGHT/THE FELA SINGLES (Xgau: ?)
- CITY HIGH (Xgau: A Minus)
- Peter Tosh SCROLLS OF THE PROPHET: The Best of… (Xgau: A Minus)

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