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Great Science-Fiction & Fantasy Works

  Science-fiction & fantasy literature: a critical list with discussions.

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About Buying Books On Line

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“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
– On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ,
Stephen King

Buying Books On Line, New & Used

If you want to buy a book currently in print, and want it new, and live within reasonable proximity to a good bookstore, well and fine. If you want to buy a used copy of a book—whether or not still in print—you can, if there are, near you, some used-book shops; but the odds of finding a given book in a given used-book shop are small to virtually nil. The answer to these problems is to buy your books on line.

My experience is that the best single source for books on line, new or used, is AbeBooks. Thus, throughout this site, whenever a book is listed with a link, that link is to the AbeBooks listing for that book. Note that such links are each one of two kinds: usually it is a search by book title and author name; but when it is for what I call a “preferred edition”—a particular edition of some book—it is a search by that edition’s ISBN. At times, books are listed here but not linked—typically because they are components of a recommended omnibus volume that is more convenient, and often rather less expensive, than acquiring each book separately. But, if you want to seek out unlinked individual copies of such omnibused works, you can use AbeBooks’ Search Page, which is also good for, obviously, searching out any books not listed here.

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About “Condition” for Used Books

There is a standard set of terms used by used-book sellers to describe the condition of the books they sell, and it behooves the potential buyer to be acquainted with those terms. While AbeBooks has a useful page describing all the many common terms, here is a quick summary of the essential ones (but see that linked page some possible modifying descriptors).

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