As a few of you might know, I adore science fiction. There, I've said it! My particular favourite period is late 50s up to the early 80s, but mainly the 60s. Many of the books I've read over the years have varied considerably, from outright pap to pure gems. I still find it extraordinary how writers such as Barry Malzberg don't get the recognition they deserve, and why was it recently I only 'discovered' Edmund Cooper, and how come there's only one place where I now get all these classic books from? I'll tell you why. Porcupine Books has probably the best selection (most are a quid) and most enthusiastic owner (Brian Ameringen) I've ever had the pleasure to deal with. I actually save up quite a bit of money so that the postage works out at about £6 for the lot. The last lot I bought was around £120 quid's worth. Yes, it's a lot, but I could have gone a lot further, believe me, the choice is staggering. And the man updates it regularly. All the classic SF writers are here from Asimov to Zelazny, although I must confess Asmiov isn't a writer who especially appeals. Oh, and of course, there's usually a decent selection of JG Ballard.
Seriously, check it out, and tell 'em yer Cousin sent you! (and no, he's not related!).
Sunday, 31 July 2011
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