Saturday, November 15, 2008

Book Sale: Shambleau and Others, a Collection by C. L. Moore (1953)

A collection of seven previously published stories, Shambleau and Others (1953), by C. L. Moore, contains three novelettes set on Mars starring interplanetary adventurer Northwest Smith: the classic “Shambleau” (1933), “Scarlet Dream” (1934), and “The Tree of Life” (1936). Here’s a nice first edition of Shambleau and Others that’s
for sale over at AbeBoooks:
Shambleau and Others, a collection by C. L. Moore (1953)

Publisher: New York: Gnome Press, Inc. Publishers
Publication Date: 1953
Binding: Hardcover
Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included
Signed: Signed by Author(s)
Edition: 1st Edition

Description: Octavo, boards. First edition. Adhesive label with signed inscription by Moore to Gerry de la Ree affixed to front free endpaper. Collects three Jirel of Joiry and four Northwest Smith stories. ... A fine copy in fine dust jacket with touch of rubbing to upper front corner and head of spine panel and two closed tears at rear spine fold ... Still a sharp, bright example of the dust jacket.

Price: $250
The indefatigable Blue Tyson notes that you can read "Shambleau" online and the blog Variety SF points out a neat Heinlein connection to this classic Northwest Smith story. Also, as Dark Worlds and QuasarDragon mention, there’s a cool 1955 French comic version of “Shambleau,” illustrated by Jean-Claude Forest.

For a more challenging read, see "Shambleau ... and others: the role of the female in the fiction of C. L. Moore," a litcrit essay by Sarah Gamble that was published in Where No Man Has Gone Before: Women and Science Fiction (1991).

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