Haven’t done one of these for a while, so it’s about time I did. The books below have arrived here in the past week or so.
There’s nearly a theme to this book haul – five books on space exploration, plus The Hard SF Renaissance. Mars 1999, The Case for Mars and Space Station Friendship are all for the collection, and signed. The two coffee-table books hiding at the back are Apollo – The Epic Journey to the Moon by David West Reynolds, and Superstructures in Space by Michael H Gorn. The latter has some amazing photographs in it. (Incidentally, I’ve just posted a review of an earlier book on Mars, Mission to Mars, on my Space Books blog.)
Then there’s Tupolev Bombers, which is about, well, bombers created by Soviet aircraft design bureau Tupolev during the Cold War. The Tu-22 ‘Blinder’ is especially cool, although apparently it was horrible to fly (and some crews even refused). Just look at this video of the Tu-22’s last flight – yes, the crew strap themselves into their ejection seats and these then rise up into the fuselage. Just like the Angels in Captain Scarlet. I think that’s cool.
There are also a couple of poetry collections – one by Terence Tiller, and one by Edwin Morgan (recommended by Paul Graham Raven). And the much-lauded novel The Kindly Ones by Jonathan Little, which I found in a local charity shop for £3.99. Bargain. Finally, there’s a Le Guin collection.
Not a bad haul, I think.