Rare Science Fiction Books #SciFiSunday

You’ve seen the Dunes, all of them, even that one on the SyFy Channel, and you want more? Read the books too? And you’ve seen Jodorowsky’s Dune? Then there’s one more book to read. The extraordinarily rare, the storyboard book for the ill-fated Dune adaptation by legendary Chilean director Alexandro Jodorowsky sold for £350,000 at Peter Harrington. As it turns out, rare science fiction books are on the rise. Here’s more from the Financial Times:

…collecting first-edition sci-fi novels, once considered a niche trend, is becoming more mainstream. “Science fiction is a fascinating area to collect in, and there are a number of authors whose works have weathered particularly well,” says Anna Middleton of specialist Peter Harrington Rare Books. She namechecks “Iain M Banks’s Consider Phlebas, the first title in his Culture series, which can fetch around £1,750 for an inscribed copy, JG Ballard’s The Drowned World, which retails at around £3,000 for a first-edition hardback, and Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale, which will set you back around £2,000.” From here, prices can soar. “Inscribed copies of Isaac Asimov’s I, Robot or a full set of his Foundation series are high spots, around £20,000 apiece,” she adds. “Other notable modern authors to collect are Ursula Le Guin, William Gibson and Dan Simmons.”

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