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Abercrombie, Joe - The Blade Itself

Logen Ninefingers, infamous barbarian, has finally run out of luck. Caught in one feud too many, he’s on the verge of becoming a dead barbarian – leaving nothing behind him but bad songs, dead friends, and a lot of happy enemies. 

Nobleman Captain Jezal dan Luthar, dashing officer, and paragon of selfishness, has nothing more dangerous in mind than fleecing his friends at cards and dreaming of glory in the fencing circle. But war is brewing, and on the battlefields of the frozen North they fight by altogether bloodier rules. 

Inquisitor Glokta, cripple turned torturer, would like nothing better than to see Jezal come home in a box. But then Glokta hates everyone: cutting treason out of the Union one confession at a time leaves little room for friendship. His latest trail of corpses may lead him right to the rotten heart of government, if he can stay alive long enough to follow it. 

Enter the wizard, Bayaz. A bald old man with a terrible temper and a pathetic assistant, he could be the First of the Magi, he could be a spectacular fraud, but whatever he is, he's about to make the lives of Logen, Jezal, and Glotka a whole lot more difficult. 

Murderous conspiracies rise to the surface, old scores are ready to be settled, and the line between hero and villain is sharp enough to draw blood.

Abercrombie, Joe - Before They are Hanged

Superior Glokta has a problem. How do you defend a city surrounded by enemies and riddled with traitors, when your allies can by no means be trusted, and your predecessor vanished without a trace? It’s enough to make a torturer want to run – if he could even walk without a stick.


Northmen have spilled over the border of Angland and are spreading fire and death across the frozen country. Crown Prince Ladisla is poised to drive them back and win undying glory. There is only one problem – he commands the worst-armed, worst-trained, worst-led army in the world.


And Bayaz, the First of the Magi, is leading a party of bold adventurers on a perilous mission through the ruins of the past. The most hated woman in the South, the most feared man in the North, and the most selfish boy in the Union make a strange alliance, but a deadly one. They might even stand a chance of saving mankind from the Eaters. If they didn’t hate each other quite so much.


Ancient secrets will be uncovered. Bloody battles will be won and lost. Bitter enemies will be forgiven – but not before they are hanged.

Abercrombie, Joe - Last Argument of Kings

The end is coming. Logen Ninefingers might only have one more fight in him but it's going to be a big one. Battle rages across the North, the King of the Northmen still stands firm, and there's only one man who can stop him. His oldest friend, and his oldest enemy. It's past time for the Bloody-Nine to come home. 


With too many masters and too little time, Superior Glokta is fighting a different kind of war. A secret struggle in which no one is safe, and no one can be trusted. His days with a sword are far behind him. It's a good thing blackmail, threats and torture still work well enough. 


Jezal dan Luthar has decided that winning glory is far too painful, and turned his back on soldiering for a simple life with the woman he loves. But love can be painful too, and glory has a nasty habit of creeping up on a man when he least expects it. 


While the King of the Union lies on his deathbead, the peasants revolt and the nobles scramble to steal his crown. No one believes that the shadow of war is falling across the very heart of the Union. The First of the Magi has a plan to save the world, as he always does. But there are risks. There is no risk more terrible, after all, than to break the First Law…

Abercrombie, Joe - Best Served Cold


“Revenge is a dish best served cold.”—Pierre Choderlos de Laclos. 


Springtime in Styria. And that means war. 


There have been nineteen years of blood. The ruthless Grand Duke Orso is locked in a vicious struggle with the squabbling League of Eight, and between them they have bled the land white. While armies march, heads roll, and cities burn, behind the scenes bankers, priests and older, darker powers play a deadly game to choose who will be king.


War may be hell, but for Monza Murcatto, the Snake of Talins, the most feared and famous mercenary in Duke Orso's employ, it's a damn good way of making money too. Her victories have made her popular—a shade too popular for her employer's taste. Betrayed, thrown down a mountain and left for dead, Murcatto's reward is a broken body and a burning hunger for vengeance. Whatever the cost, seven men must die.


Her allies include Styria's least reliable drunkard, Styria's most treacherous poisoner, a massmurderer obsessed with numbers and a barbarian who just wants to do the right thing. Her enemies number the better half of the nation. 


And that's all before the most dangerous man in the world is dispatched to hunt her down and finish the job Duke Orso started…


Springtime in Styria. And that means revenge.

Abercrombie, Joe - The Heroes


“Unhappy the land that is in need of heroes.” Bertolt Brecht


They say Black Dow’s killed more men than winter, and clawed his way to the throne of the North up a hill of skulls. The King of the Union, ever a jealous neighbour, is not about to stand smiling by while he claws his way any higher. The orders have been given and the armies are toiling through the northern mud. Thousands of men are converging on a forgotten ring of stones, on a worthless hill, in an unimportant valley, and they’ve brought a lot of sharpened metal with them. 


Bremer dan Gorst, disgraced master swordsman, has sworn to reclaim his stolen honour on the battlefield. Obsessed with redemption and addicted to violence, he’s far past caring how much blood gets spilled in the attempt. Even if it’s his own.

Prince Calder isn’t interested in honour, and still less in getting himself killed. All he wants is power, and he’ll tell any lie, use any trick, and betray any friend to get it. Just as long as he doesn’t have to fight for it himself.

Curnden Craw, the last honest man in the North, has gained nothing from a life of warfare but swollen knees and frayed nerves. He hardly even cares who wins any more, he just wants to do the right thing. But can he even tell what that is with the world burning down around him?


Over three bloody days of battle, the fate of the North will be decided. But with both sides riddled by intrigues, follies, feuds and petty jealousies, it is unlikely to be the noblest hearts, or even the strongest arms that prevail…Three men. One battle. No Heroes. 

Abercrombie, Joe - Red Country


“Each land in the world produces its own men individually bad – and, in time, other bad men who kill them for the general good.” —Emerson Hough 


They burned her home.

They stole her brother and sister.

But vengeance is following. 


Shy South hoped to bury her bloody past and ride away smiling, but she’ll have to sharpen up some bad old ways to get her family back, and she’s not a woman to flinch from what needs doing. She sets off in pursuit with only a pair of oxen and her cowardly old step father Lamb for company. But it turns out Lamb’s buried a bloody past of his own. And out in the lawless Far Country, the past never stays buried.

Their journey will take them across the barren plains to a frontier town gripped by gold fever, through feud, duel and massacre, high into the unmapped mountains to a reckoning with the Ghosts. Even worse it will force them into alliance with Nicomo Cosca, infamous soldier of fortune, and his feckless lawyer, Temple, two men no one should ever have to trust…

Abercrombie, Joe - Sharp Ends


Sharp Ends combines previously published, award-winning tales with exclusive new short stories. Violence explodes, treachery abounds, and the words are as deadly as the weapons in this rogue's gallery of side-shows, back-stories, and sharp endings from the world of the First Law. For example:


“A Beautiful Bastard: The Union army may be full of bastards, but there’s only one big enough to think he can save the day single-handed when the Gurkish come calling: the incomparable Colonel Sand dan Glokta.


Made a Monster: After years of bloodshed, the idealistic chieftain Bethod is desperate to bring peace to the North. There’s only one obstacle left – his own lunatic champion.


Small Kindnesses: The hopes of Shevedieh, the best thief in Westport, to turn her back on crime, come crashing down when she finds a huge drunkard sleeping in her doorway. Doing the right thing always comes at a price…


The Fool Jobs: Curnden Craw has been sent with his dozen to recover a thing from beyond the Crinna. One small problem. No one seems to know what the thing is.


Skipping Town: Shevedieh and Javre, ill-matched adventurers, find themselves forced to flee yet another self-made disaster.

A Little Hatred (The Age of Madness #1)

The chimneys of industry rise over Adua and the world seethes with new opportunities. But old scores run deep as ever.


On the blood-soaked borders of Angland, Leo dan Brock struggles to win fame on the battlefield, and defeat the marauding armies of Stour Nightfall. He hopes for help from the crown. But King Jezal's son, the feckless Prince Orso, is a man who specializes in disappointments.


Savine dan Glokta - socialite, investor, and daughter of the most feared man in the Union - plans to claw her way to the top of the slag-heap of society by any means necessary. But the slums boil over with a rage that all the money in the world cannot control.


The age of the machine dawns, but the age of magic refuses to die. With the help of the mad hillwoman Isern-i-Phail, Rikke struggles to control the blessing, or the curse, of the Long Eye. Glimpsing the future is one thing, but with the guiding hand of the First of the Magi still pulling the strings, changing it will be quite another…


EDITION: First edition, first print, signed/limited, 2019


PUBLISHER: Gollancz

Abercrombie, Joe - Half a King


“I swore an oath to avenge the death of my father. I may be half a man, but I swore a whole oath.”


Prince Yarvi has vowed to regain a throne he never wanted. But first he must survive cruelty, chains, and the bitter waters of the Shattered Sea. And he must do it all with only one good hand.


The deceived will become the deceiver. Born a weakling in the eyes of his father, Yarvi is alone in a world where a strong arm and a cold heart rule. He cannot grip a shield or swing an axe, so he must sharpen his mind to a deadly edge.


The betrayed will become the betrayer. Gathering a strange fellowship of the outcast and the lost, he finds they can do more to help him become the man he needs to be than any court of nobles could.


Will the usurped become the usurper?. But even with loyal friends at his side, Yarvi finds his path may end as it began—in twists, and traps, and tragedy.

Abercrombie, Joe - Half the World


Sometimes a girl is touched by mother war. Thorn is such a girl. Desperate to avenge her dead father, she lives to fight. But she has been named murderer by the very man who trained her to kill.


Sometimes a woman becomes a warrior. Fate traps her in the schemes—and on the ship—of the deep-cunning minister Father Yarvi. Crossing half the world to find allies against the ruthless High King, she learns harsh lessons of blood and deceit.


Sometimes a warrior becomes a weapon. Beside her on her gruelling journey is Brand, a young warrior who hates to kill. A failure in his eyes and hers, he has one chance at redemption.


And weapons are made for one purpose. Will Thorn forever be a tool in the hands of the powerful or can she carve her own path? Is there a place beyond legend for a woman with a blade? 

Abercrombie, Joe - Half a War


Words are weapons. Princess Skara has seen all she loved made blood and ashes. She is left with only words. But the right words can be as deadly as any blade. She must conquer her fears and sharpen her wits to a lethal edge if she is to reclaim her birthright.


Only half a war is fought with swords. The deep-cunning Father Yarvi has walked a long road from crippled slave to king’s minister. He has made allies of old foes and stitched together an uneasy peace. But now the ruthless Grandmother Wexen has raised the greatest army since the elves made war on God, and put Bright Yilling at its head – a man who worships no god but Death.


Sometimes one must fight evil with evil. Some – like Thorn Bathu and the sword-bearer Raith – are born to fight, perhaps to die. Others – like Brand the smith and Koll the wood-carver – would rather stand in the light. But when Mother War spreads her iron wings, she may cast the whole Shattered Sea into darkness.

Gollancz - First Edition - Signed, lined 'Why do I do this?Why?', dated 04/05/06

Gollancz - First Edition - Signed, lined 'We should forgive our enemies, But not before they are hanged', dated 08/03/07

Gollancz - First Edition - Signed, lined 'The First Law: Book Three', dated 29/03/08

Gollancz - First Edition - Signed, 2009

Gollancz -First edition, first print, Signed, lined 'Too Old for this Shit', dated 28/01/11

Gollancz - First edition, first print, signed/limited, 2012

Gollancz - First edition, first print, signed/limited, 2016

Gollancz -First edition, first print, 2014, signed.

Gollancz 10th Anniversary hardcover edition

Adams, Douglas

Douglas Adams was known as an advocate for environmentalism and conservation, as a lover of fast cars, cameras, technological innovation and the Apple Macintosh, and as a "devout atheist”. 

Adams died of a heart attack on 11 May 2001, aged 49. A memorial service was held on 17 September 2001 at St Martin-in-the-Fields church, Trafalgar Square, London. This became the first church service broadcast live on the web by the BBC.

'The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy' was a concept for a science-fiction comedy radio series pitched by Douglas Adams and radio producer Simon Brett to BBC Radio 4 in 1977. Adams came up with an outline for a pilot episode, as well as a few other stories that could potentially be used in the series.

According to Adams, the idea for the title occurred to him while he lay drunk in a field in Innsbruck, Austria, gazing at the stars. He was carrying a copy of the 'Hitch-hiker's Guide to Europe', and it occurred to him that "somebody ought to write a Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy". He later said that the constant repetition of this anecdote had obliterated his memory of the actual event. It is something that Innsbruck now celebrate ‘Towel Day’ on the 25 May annually since his death in 2001.

While working on the radio series (and with simultaneous projects such as The Pirate Planet) Adams developed problems keeping to writing deadlines that only got worse as he published novels. Adams was never a prolific writer and usually had to be forced by others to do any writing. This included being locked in a hotel suite with his editor for three weeks to ensure that 'So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish was completed'. He was quoted as saying, "I love deadlines. I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Despite the difficulty with deadlines, Adams wrote five novels in the series, published in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1984, and 1992.

The Minor Planet Centre space agency named an asteroid 18610 Arthurdent, coincidentally announcing its plan two days before Adams died. There is also an asteroid named after Adams himself.

A sixth Hitchhiker novel, 'And Another Thing…,' by Artemis Fowl author Eoin Colfer, was released on 12 October 2009 (the 30th anniversary of the first book), published with the full support of Adams's estate. 

On 11 March 2013, Adams's 61st birthday was celebrated with an interactive Google Doodle.

The More Than Complete Hitchhiker's Guide

In the beginning the Universe was created. This has made a lot of people very angry and has been widely regarded as a bad move.., 

...but it was followed, in 1979, by something rather smaller but infinitely more useful and far easier to read - "The Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy", the story of Arthur Dent, local radio executive, dressing-gown wearer and interplanetary refugee.

Originally released as a BBC Radio series, it quickly found its way to print and was followed over the period of thirty-odd years by five follow-up books, a TV series and a film. In that time the story arc gained a huge fan-base and brought its author, Douglas Adams, a degree of immortality achieved only by the lesser gods.

This edition gathers together the first four books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984) under one cover. Additionally it has the short story ' Young Zaphod Plays it Safe'

First edition, later print. 1989. Wings Books

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block.

The Ultimate Hitchhiker's Guide

First edition, later print. 1996. Wings Books

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. 

This edition gathers together the first five books, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (1979), The Restaurant at the End of the Universe (1980), Life, the Universe and Everything (1982), So Long, and Thanks for All the Fish (1984), Mostly Harmless (1992) under one cover. Additionally it has the short story ' Young Zaphod Plays it Safe’ 

So Long and Thanks for all the Fish

Just when Arthur Dent's sense of reality is at its most clouded, he suddenly finds the girl of his dreams. He finds her in the last place in the Universe in which he would expect to find anything at all, but which 3,976,000,000 people will find oddly familiar. They go in search of God's Final Message to His Creation and, in a dramatic break with tradition, actually find it. 

First edition, first print. 1984. Pan

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. 

Mostly Harmless 

After a gap of eight long years, Douglas Adams returned to the froody adventures of Ford Prefect and the perpetually bewildered Arthur Dent, for one final spin round space, time, and every probable and improbable universe out there. And this time, it's a tough one, folks.

It has been said that Adams never wanted to write this book, that he was simply caving in to pressure from fans, and that in fact this book threw Adams into a black mood that lasted until his untimely death. If all those things are true, it's surprising that as much of this book is as funny as it is. In the end, though, the joke's on us. Adams gives his series a bleak if not altogether nihilistic ending that leaves you scratching your head and wondering what the point was. Okay, so we get to find out what the number 42 signifies, but you do come away from this story with the uncomfortable feeling that Adams has just flipped the bird at you, smiling all the while. 

First edition, first print. 1992. Heinemann

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

In Dirk Gently's Holistic Detective Agency a simple search for a missing cat reveals two ghosts, a dodo, an Electric Monk, the devastating secret that lies behind the whole of human history and threatens to bring it to a premature close, and, finally, the utterly terrifying reason why Richard MacDuff has had a sofa stuck on his stairs for three weeks. 

First edition, first print. 1987. Heinemann

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges. clean text block. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar wrap

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

As The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul opens a passenger check-in desk at Terminal Two, Heathrow Airport, shoots up through the roof engulfed in a ball of orange flame. The usual people try to claim responsibility. However, no rational cause can be found for the explosion - it was simply designated an act of God. But, thinks Dirk Gently, which God? And why? What God would be hanging around Terminal Two of Heathrow Airport trying to catch the 15.37 to Oslo?

First edition, first print. 1988. Heinemann

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks.  The dust jacket is very good in removable mylar cover

Dirk Gently Omnibus

Dirk Gently is a detective - well, a sort of detective. There is a long and honourable tradition of great detectives and Dirk Gently does not belong to it. Sherlock Holmes observed that once you have eliminated the impossible, then whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth. Dirk Gently, however, does not like to eliminate the impossible.

Both hilarious adventures in one edition.

First edition, first print. 2001. Heinemann

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in very good condition, with some age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is very good in removable mylar cover

Last Chance To See…

Some years ago Douglas Adams wrote The Hitch Hiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, a story about the world being unexpectedly demolished by hideous creatures from another planet. It was meant as a joke… Now, animal by animal, tree by tree, the world is being demolished around us [but] not by Vogons on other planets. Douglas decided it was time to think about the absurdities of life on Earth, and what we are doing to it. He teams up with zoologist and photographer Mark Carwardine, and together they set off around the world ….. in search of [some] of the rarest and most endangered animals on Earth. 

First edition, first print. 1990. Heinemann

Hardcover with Dust Jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, with some age spotting to page edges, clean text blocks. The dust jacket is good in removable mylar cover

The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul

First edition, first print. 1988 Hardcover

Simon and Schuster

Aldiss, Brian

Brian W. Aldiss was an English writer and anthologies editor, best known for science fiction novels and short stories. Aldiss was named a Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America in 2000 and inducted by the Science Fiction Hall of Fame in 2004. He received two Hugo Awards, one Nebula Award, and one John W. Campbell Memorial Award. His influential works include the short story “Super-Toys Last All Summer Long,” the basis for the Stanley Kubrick-developed Steven Spielberg film A.I. Artificial Intelligence.

We enjoy his short stories, and the Joe Bodenland novels which we start with here, but his non-SF/fantasy doesn’t do it for us. We have a few signed books.

Frankenstein Unbound -signed

Centipede Press Edition

This new edition of Frankenstein Unbound features striking dustjacket art. It has a new introduction by fellow British New Wave pioneer Michael Moorcock. The book is oversize at 6½ × 10 inches. Signed by Aldiss, Moorcock and Thomas Walker

Joe Bodenland, a 21st century American, passes through a timeslip and finds himself with Byron and Shelley in the famous villa on the shore of Lake Geneva. More fantastically, he finds himself face to face with a real Frankenstein, a doppelgänger inhabiting a complex world where fact and fiction may as easily have congress as Bodenland himself manages to make love to Mary Shelley. This title was made into a film, starring John Hurt, Raul Julia, Bridget Fonda, Jason Patric and Michael Hutchence.

 First edition, first print. 1973. Jonathan Cape 

Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition.

Age spotted page edges, clean text block. 

 The dust jacket is worn.

   

Dracula Unbound

First edition, first print. 1991. Grafton

Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition: The book is very good

The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

First edition, first print. 1991. Harper Collins

Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition: The book is very good

The dust jacket is in very good condition.

When Bram Stoker was writing his famous novel, Dracula, at the end of the 19th century he received a visitor named Joe Bodenland. While the real Count Dracula came from the distant past, Bodenland arrived from Stoker's future, on a desperate mission to save humanity from the Undead. 


In the barren dust of the far future, the sun leaks energy in a darkening sky and the only remaining humans are imprisoned by spectral, bloodthirsty beings. Back in the brilliant Utah sunlight of 1999, two ancient graves yield evidence that a species of human coexisted with the dinosaurs . . . 

Hothouse

In this science fiction classic, we are transported millions of years from now, to the boughs of a colossal banyan tree that covers one face of the globe. The last remnants of humanity are fighting for survival, terrorised by the carnivorous plants and the grotesque insect life.

Known in America as 'The Long Afternoon of Earth', ‘Hothouse' by Brian Aldiss was written originally as five (rather long) short stories and appeared in the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction — something we collect by the way. 

This sequence of tales deservedly won Aldiss a Hugo award in 1962 and soon appeared as a book, more or less stitched together to form a continuous novel.

Helliconia Trilogy

Helliconia is a planet that, due to the massively eccentric orbit of its own sun around another star, experiences seasons that lasts eons. Whole civilisations grow in the Spring, flourish in the Summer and then die in the brutal winters. The human-like inhabitants have been profoundly changed by their experience of this harsh cycle.

In orbit above the planet a terran mission struggles to observe and understand the effects on society of such a massive climatic impact.

Massive, thoroughly researched, minutely organised, full of action, pulp references and deep drama this is a classic trilogy.

Easton Press edition. The book is in very good condition with some tarnish to the cover gilt.

First edition, first print. Jonathan Cape 1982. 

Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition: The book is in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition.

First edition, first print. Jonathan Cape 1985. 

Hardcover with dust jacket

Condition: The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition.

Atheneum Bookclub edition. Hardcover in very good condition in good dust jacket

Greybeard

After the "Accident," all males on earth become sterile. Society ages and falls apart bit by bit. First toy companies go under. Then record companies. Then cities cease to function. Now earth's population lives in spread-out, isolated villages, with its youngest members in their 50's. When the people of Sparcot begin to make claims of gnomes and man-eating rodents lurking around their village, Greybeard and his wife set out for the coast with the hope of finding something better. 

A well regarded post apocalyptic novel.

 First edition, first print. 1964

Harcourt, Brace & World

Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition, clean but chipped on spine and the fold edge on the front cover. 

A Romance of the Equator

A fine retrospective, featuring 26 variations, 1960-89, this is a companion volume to Aldiss' splendid Best Science Fiction Stories (Man in his Time, 1989). Maybe, Aldiss jokes in deadpan British style, he should next put together a Best Nondescript Stories. As before the foundation of Aldiss' success is his impeccable technique coupled with his rare knack of creating believable characters and projecting them into bizarre and disturbing but in some way logical situations. 


Only one story here, "Old Hundredth," is truly famous (it also appears frequently as science fiction, so perhaps it's all a matter of interpretation), and, like many of the entries here, its complexity defeats easy characterization. The themes are more straightforward--though routine fantasy elements like elves, dragons, swards, and so forth, are notably absent--and dwell on art and its creation, the psychology thereof, the conflict between past and future, medicine, God and playing God, the past and its imprint on the present, love in all its guises, and the nature of evil

First edition, first print. 1989.Gollancz

Hardcover with dust jacket

The book is in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition. 

The Canopy of Time

An eleven story collection, the stories revised from their original appearances, and with linked commentary. Originally a chronicle-novel of the future inset with stories, this version contains only the stories. Canopy is a vision of a depopulated earth which eventually becomes the centre of a civilised – but disposable – galaxy.


Aldiss’s subjects are the traditional ones of human love and aspiration – even his class-conscious robots in ‘Who Can Replace a Man?’ are oddly human – his originality lies in the use of time as an active participant in his stories. So here we find lovers defying the Mating Centre, the man who believed himself to be the Messiah, the film director who came too near to a city’s secrets, and – in the last and longest story – a conqueror who found only shadows to greet him.

Faber & Faber, 1969, third reprint hardcover  in very good condition in like dust jacket

The Shape of Further Things

In this provocative volume, Brian Aldiss seeks to recapture some of the strands of his life, using an elaborate tapestry to do do: on a basic diary form, he works alternately back into the past and forward into the future; the realities of our world alternate with the unrealities of fantasy.


The result is an autobiography spanning one month – a month in the life of a speculative writer. Dominant topics include the Moon as real estate, the role of technology, the growth of science fiction in Britain, the possible part that education could play in enriching our lives, and the theories on the brain and the nature of dreams originated by Dr Christopher Evans. 

First edition, first print. 1970, Faber. Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Barefoot in the Head - signed

When an undeclared Acid Head War breaks out, Britain is the first to be devastated by Psycho-Chemical Aerosols--tasteless, odourless, colourless psychedelic drugs, which distort the minds of thousands of civilians into extreme terror or extreme joy. When the warped citizens of Europe proclaim Colin Charteris their hero, he finds himself leading an unfathomable crusade in a devastated world. 

Perhaps Aldiss's most experimental work, this first appeared in several parts as the 'Acid Head War' series in New Worlds. Set in a Europe some years after a flare-up in the Middle East led to Europe being attacked with bombs releasing huge quantities of long-lived hallucinogenic drugs. Into an England with a population barely maintaining a grip on reality comes a young Serb, who himself starts coming under the influence of the ambient aerosols and finds himself leading a messianic crusade.

This copy signed, inscribed and dated - Sydney ’78 

First edition, first print. 1969

Faber and Faber. Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in very good condition

This World and Nearer Ones

These articles and reviews come from a versatile writer, well-known as a novelist and, of course, as a distinguished author of science fiction. He writes here with characteristic humour on many subjects, linked by the theme of a complex unity of art and science which forms the inner mystery of science fiction, and reveals new aspects whilst 'exploring the familiar'. This is particularly marked in the first essay, 'Since the Enlightenment', written especially for this book, which traces strands of thought leading backwards and forwards in time.

 First edition, first print. 1979

Weidenfeld and Nicolson.

Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good

White Mars

In the not-so-distant future, Man will have begun to colonize our planetary neighbor, Mars. Entrenched corporate and national interests have footed the bill, but a few visionary people attempt to keep Mars free of the hidebound ideologies that have plagued the Earth and turned it into a polluted wasteland of war and hunger.

The colony has barely begun to take root in the Martian soil when all communication with EUPACUS--as the industrialized nations of Earth are known--is cut off completely. Environmental and economic stresses have finally spun out of control, and civilization as we know it has collapsed. With no hope of escape or support from Earth, the Martians must overcome the dire obstacles that face them and forge a new alliance for survival.

First edition, first print. 1999

Little Brown. Hardcover in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition. 

Finches of Mars

‘My final Science Fiction novel’ - Brian Aldiss

Brian Aldiss has announced that this book will be his final science fiction novel. And what a way to end one of the most illustrious careers in the genres.

Doomed by overpopulation, irreversible environmental degradation, and never-ending war, Earth has become a fetid swamp. For many, Mars represents humankind's last hope. In six tightly clustered towers on the red planet's surface, the colonists who have escaped their dying home world are attempting to make a new life unencumbered by the corrupting influences of politics, art, and religion. Unable ever to return, these pioneers have chosen an unalterable path that winds through a landscape as terrible as it is beautiful, often forcing them to compromise their beliefs—and sometimes their humanity—in order to survive.

But the gravest threat to the future is not the settlement's total dependence on foodstuffs sent from a distant and increasingly uncaring Earth, or the events that occur in the aftermath of the miraculous discovery of native life on Mars—it is the fact that in the ten years since colonization began, every new human baby has been born dead, or so tragically deformed that death comes within hours. The great Brian W. Aldiss has delivered a dark and provocative yet ultimately hopeful magnum opus rich in imagination and bold ideas. A novel of philosophy as much as science fiction, Finches of Mars is an exploration of intellectual history, evolution, technology, and the future by one of speculative fiction's undisputed masters. 

First edition, first print. 2013

The Friday Project.

Hardcover in good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is in good condition

The Hand-Reared Boy - signed

Longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, The Hand-Reared Boy was the first literary novel to honestly, and explicitly, explore the sexual awakening of a young man. Quite shocking when first published in 1970, it is now considered a classic. 

It is the first book in the Horatio Stubbs Trilogy.

Brian says: “Young Horatio Stubbs suffers the pangs of adolescence, but is weaned from the pleasures of masturbation by the delights offered by his school’s nursing sister, who is not all she seems. The novel became a great scandal in England, where it was rejected by thirteen publishers, and caused a lawsuit – as a result of which it became a bestseller.” 

This copy signed and dated by Brian.

First edition, first print. 1970

McCall Publishing Company

Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good.

The Eighty-Minute Hour

"This is a space opera, which, in this case, is a combination of songs and science guaranteed to enlarge your imagination by at least one half with all sorts of intergalactic merriment, melodrama, and dealing off the bottom of the deck." - front dust jacket flap. 

"A complex and jokey surrealist extravaganza, featuring a future world in which communism and capitalism unite, while increasing computerisation has increased a general belief in determinism. Complete with arias and songs.”

First edition, first print. 1974

 Doubleday Science Fiction

 Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is very good

Last Orders

Brian Aldiss is a master of the unexpected and Last Orders shows him at his most imaginative, whether recording the last conversation to be held on Earth, introducing Stalin’s Daughter, talking familiarly of alien beings, discussing Arab tourism, massacring animals on an unknown planet or inventing machines which will bring to life Holman Hunt’s painting, The Awakening Conscience.


Several of the stories are set on the Zodiacal Planets (‘the zeepees’), special Aldiss territory which is at one moment as actual as a NASA probe and, at the next, as inaccessible as tomorrow night’s dream. 

At once sombre and witty, this splendid collection warns us what we might expect to find if a spacecraft landed in the human psyche.

First edition, first print. 1977

Jonathan Cape

Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good

Billion Year Spree - signed

Curiously enough Billion Year Spree is the first comprehensive history of science fiction to be published. Aldiss, himself a past master at the genre, shows how sf was born in 1818, in the very heart of the English Romantic Movement, when Mary Godwin Shelley wrote 'Frankenstein Or, The Modern Prometheus'. The novel was immediately successful, and the germ of its fearsome idea – of a man-made man – has flourished ever since.

This copy signed by Brian.

First edition, first print. 1973

Doubleday

Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.

Item Eighty -Three

A bibliography of Aldiss' s work through 1972 by his wife: a revision and updating of the earlier "Item Forty-Three." 

Chapbook in printed wrappers, stapled at the spine. 

First edition, first print. 1972

SF Horizons. Chapbook in good condition, clean text block. The cover has age marks and old sticker stain visible.

Aldiss Unbound - signed

An examination of the career of this science fiction and fantasy author as part of the Milford Series on authors.

Written by Richard Mathews, this 64 page booklet has been signed by Brian and Richard Mathews.

The Moment of Eclipse

There's No Time Like the Future...

... and here Brian W. Aldiss proves it brilliantly in fourteen stories of devastating power. From outrageous satire to haunting fantasy, the renowned author of such science fiction classics as Greybeard and Hothouse displays his unmatched talent for creating tales that illuminate times-to-come with the disconcerting intensity of a cobalt bomb's heat-flash...

It won the BSFA award in 1971. It’s a collection of fourteen short stories he wrote between 1967 to 1970. It includes ‘Super-Toys Last All Summer Long’ which was the inspiration for the movie ‘A.I.’

First edition, first print. 1970, Faber. Hardcover in very good condition, clean text block. The dust jacket is good.