Thursday, November 29, 2007

Evan Gaffney Does Samuel Delany

These are re-releases of classic 70s sci-fi novels by Samuel R. Delany. Published by Vintage in 2001. I love the Swiss look of these, with the visible grid structure, and a font that looks a lot like Helvetica...but I don't think it is...

Here's a blurb about Dhalgren, the most famous of these novels, from Amazon:

"A mysterious disaster has stricken the midwestern American city of Bellona, and its aftereffects are disturbing: a city block burns down and is intact a week later; clouds cover the sky for weeks, then part to reveal two moons; a week passes for one person when only a day passes for another. The catastrophe is confined to Bellona, and most of the inhabitants have fled. But others are drawn to the devastated city, among them the Kid, a white/American Indian man who can't remember his own name. The Kid is emblematic of those who live in the new Bellona, who are the young, the poor, the mad, the violent, the outcast - the marginalized."

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

Mister B. Gone

What more can I say. The best Christmas Gift ever! Someone needs to give me this, and that's that.

Cover design by Mary Schuck. What a great marriage of cover and interior! The flyleaves have an antique-y colorful pattern on them that looks like a hellish spider-web. I love how the inside pages are olde looking. What a concept! Something to do that's really fun and geeky: go through each page looking for duplicate stains.

I dare ye to click on the first page and start reading....

Two Lives, Part Deux!

From maximalism to minimalism in one posting! Love the worn edge of the "cover" at the top. Spine is brilliant - to come.