Wednesday, September 16, 2009

Someone has a lucky day...

There are several novels that I try to buy every time I find a copy for sale cheaply, just so I have enough on hand to pass out to friends for subtle proselytization purposes: Starship Troopers and The Moon Is A Harsh Mistress, stuff like that.

J. Neil Schulman's Alongside Night would be one of those books of which I keep several copies in stock, but for how scarce it is. Well, my roommate happened to stumble across a copy in the used book store yesterday, and not just any copy, either.

13 comments:

Noah D said...

A very good find - ten to one, HPB had no idea what they were looking at. Anarchocapitalist SF isn't exactly something they would bother to examine further. Having worked there for a few years (many years ago), that's not really in the staff's wheelhouse, so to speak. Recent visits have done nothing to change my evaluation.

(When I worked there, the good SF and military history never made it out to the sales floor. 1942 and '43 editions of Jane's Fighting Ships, stuff like that...)

Kevin said...

That's a nice find...

Marja said...

Damn you! I had just decided that this time I'm really going to stop buying new books and there you go and mention something I just have to get...

Marja said...

... and the damn thing is even available. I just send the order.

Steve Skubinna said...

Yeah, fine, but that still doesn't help you in having extra copies on hand for proselytizing. Unless you're gonna, uh, "lend" it to me, because I haven't read it yet.

atlharp said...

Starship Troopers is badass! I loved that book, and thought at the time I read it (circa 1989) what a great movie it would make. Man, did I blow it on that one!

atlharp said...

By the way, there is a link to a free pdf. copy of the book.

Enjoy,

http://www.alongsidenight.net/

perlhaqr said...

Atlharp: A movie of Starship Troopers would be great. Too bad they made some other movie and slapped the title on it instead.

Tam said...

"A blockbuster new motion picture based on the back cover of a novel by Robert Heinlein!"

atlharp said...

the biggest disappointment with Starship Troopers (I mean after the script and acting) was the absence of the Gorilla suits. I mean c'mon! What's the point of making the movie without the Gorilla Suits?

P.S.
Alongside Night is really good. I am on page 59, and it is eerie how prescient it is.

MCSA56 said...

I need more P.J. O'Rourke.

Damn you, Tam, for introducing me to his stuff...

Steve Skubinna said...

Ah jeez, Starship Troopers... I can actually enjoy the movie, if I pretend that it is really based on some comic book or anime, and by sheer coincidence has the same title and some character names in common with a Heinlein novel.

To me, the most annoying aspect of the movie is making Juan Rico into a white bread middle class American. Heinlein was being very subversive for his time in having the protaganist be Filipino. He was also very sublte about it, leaving clues but not realy giving it away until near the end.

Brigid said...

GREAT find. I'm off today. Hit our favorite little local gun store this morning, and then off to the bookstore of the large cat after grocery shopping.