Swann's May 12 auction of Art, Press & Illustrated Books; and 19th & 20th Century Literature wraps up with a section devoted to science fiction, fantasy and thriller fiction. Most of the first edition titles come from a single collection, amassed by a true fan of mind-bending fiction. Nearly every book comes with its original dust jacket—some of which are quite thrilling.
|Isaac Asimov's Foundation Trilogy consists of Foundation, Foundation and Empire, and Second Foundation.|
As would be expected from any serious science fiction collection, there are important works by the "big three" writers of the genre: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke and Robert A. Heinlein. Specifically, there is a set of Asimov's best known work, The Foundation Trilogy, 1951-53, which won the Hugo Award for all-time best series; Clarke's novelization of the film 2001: A Space Odyssey, which was based in part on his short story "The Sentinel," and Heinlein's Starship Troopers, also a Hugo award winner and the basis for the popular 1997 film.
Other award-winning sci-fi books include a bright copy of Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle, winner of a 1963 Hugo award; a first edition in novel form of Daniel Keyes's famous short story Flowers for Algernon, winner of the 1966 Nubula award; and Orson Scott Card's Ender's Game, winner of the 1985 Nebula and 1986 Hugo awards.
|Philip K. Dick's The Man in the High Castle is the only novel by the author to win a Hugo Award. |
Among the fantasy highlights are a first American edition of the J.R.R. Tolkien classic The Hobbit, or There and Back Again, as well as William Goldman's humorous adventure tale The Princess Bride.
|J.R.R. Tolkien's fantasy classic The Hobbit launched The Lord of the Rings epic. |
There are also titles by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, Roger Zelazny and more.
Labels: 19th and 20th century literature, Arthur C. Clarke, Christine von der Linn, Hugo Award, Isaac Asimov, J.R.R. Tolkien, Nebula Award, Philip K. Dick, Robert A. Heinlein, science fiction