Fresh in the mail came two new collections to add to my small, but cherished library.
1.) Library of America’s American Science Fiction — This two-book collection, edited by Gary K. Wolfe, collects nine of the greatest science fiction novels of the 1950’s. I read much of the electronic ARC for this set (reviewed here), but found the hardback collection irresistible. It looks even better sitting next to my three-book LOA collection of Philip K. Dick novels. I really hope Mr. Wolfe is commissioned to do another SF collection for LOA, perhaps the greatest novels of the sixties (Stranger in a Strange Land, Canticle for Liebowitz, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Left Hand of Darkness). Only caveat would be that Dick and Vonnegut would have to be omitted, having their own collections.
2.) The Rediscovery of Man: The Complete Short Science Fiction of Cordwainer Smith — I love short fiction as much as I love novels and one cannot be an SF fan without being acquainted with the works of Cordwainer Smith. I have actually not read much by him, but plan on getting caught up.
There are many other books that I would love to have in physical copies. I am a big fan of Library of America and the Everyman’s Library. Just today, I came across another publisher of beautiful books — the Folio society. Browsing through their online collection, I am finding many great SF books that are filled with illustrations. Notable SF titles include The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter, Dracula, Farenheit 451, The Foundation Trilogy, His Dark Materials, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, The Restaurant at the End of the Universe, The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings, The Silmarillion, The Last Man, The Vampyre and Other Macabre Tales, and The Wonderful Wizard of Oz.
Bolded titles are the ones I would like to add to my collection.