Science Fiction First Editions, It’s Tradition

Our 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. 

Philip K. Dick’s The Man in the High Castle is the only novel by the author to win a Hugo Award. 

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.

J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic The Hobbit launched The Lord of the Rings epic.  

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.

There are also titles by Edgar Rice Burroughs, Ray Bradbury, Robert E. Howard, Stephen King, Clark Ashton Smith, Roger Zelazny and more.