I’m making something of a side gig doing introductions to new editions of classic works of science fiction, because I’ve signed on to write an introduction for The Martian Chronicles: the Definitive Edition, a massively expanded new edition of the Ray Bradbury magnum opus from Subterranean Press and PS Publishing. In addition to the original book (to which I will be writing the introduction), this edition collects up an additional 22 previously uncollected or unpublished Martian stories from Bradbury (this section will have an intro from Joe Hill), as well as two previously unpublished screenplays of the work (one from 1964 and one from 1997), an essay from Bradbury himself on the work, and newly commissioned art from Edward Miller. Good stuff.
This is a signed, limited edition, and as you might expect it’s not cheap — we’re talking $300 here, and $900 for the lettered, traycased edition — but if you’re a Bradbury fan, it’s going to be worth it. Also, at this very moment, there’s a limited-time special price discount of $225 going on. So you have that going for you. The printing is already halfway sold through, however, so if you want it, get on it. I’m looking forward to a copy of my very own, I’ll tell you that much.
A quick reminder to folks: The newest edition of Joe Haldeman’s The Forever War hits the shelves today, and if the text of this classic science fiction tale wasn’t enough to entice you on its own (which it should be, damn it), I’ll remind you that this edition also comes with an introduction by me, in the form of an open letter to Joe. As you might imagine, I consider it a signal honor to be asked to share my thoughts about the book in such a way; I hope the intro in its small way likewise does honor to the book.
So: pick it up for yourself, get it for a friend, and enjoy. The Amazon link is above, but remember there ain’t nothing wrong with dropping in on your favorite brick and mortar bookstore in these tough times and picking up a copy there. I’d thank you, I’m sure Joe would thank you, and your local bookseller would definitely appreciate it.
Vincent Chong is the fellow who has done the artwork for the Subterranean Press limited editions of Old Man’s War and The Ghost Brigades, and as anyone who’s seen the work in those books can tell you, he’s really good at what he does (the above illustration is from OMW). This is why I’ve happily put him on my Hugo nomination ballot for Best Artist.
He’s just now redone his Web site, to make it easer for folks to look around and see his stuff, which aside from the work he’s done for my books, includes artwork for books by Richard Morgan, Joe Hill, Stephen King, Jack Dann and others. It’s an excellent way for you to oooh and aaah your way through your Tuesday, so go check it out.