Of course I bought books at LonCon3, almost forty of them in fact. Below I’ll discuss them briefly.
Ian Sales has been extolling the virtues of the Women’s Press science fiction line for a while and one dealer had a whole stack available. Apart from the Joanna Russ Adventures of Alix, there’s Doris Piserchia’s Star Rider, Carol Emshwiller’s Carmen Dog, Lorna Mitchell’s The Revolution of Saint Jone and Rosaleen Love’s Total Devotion Machine.
This led me in turn to look for more Doris Piserchia books, she being one of those writers who had been regularly published by DAW in the seventies and early eighties and then just sort of disappeared. Another Ian Sales rediscovery, I found about half a dozen of her novels at the con. As the bloke standing next to me at the stall, who turned out to be Kev McVeight, Piserchia is a seriously weird but interesting writer.
I also bought a couple of critical books, two of Paul Kincaid and Andrew M. Butler’s Solar Flares, the blog version of which is still listed on my blogroll.
Browsing the Gollancz stand I found myself standing next to Paul McAuley, one of my favourite writers for several decades now and I got the chance to talk to him a bit. I told him about reading Fairyland on the same Den Haag tramline as was featured in the book. I got the Jaine Fenn novel to help me get to 25 pound and the free tote bag…
Ticonderoga Publications is an Australian small press whose Steve Utley collections I noticed when they sparked a hazy memory of reading one of his short stories in one of Gardner Dozois’ Year’s Best collections. I ended up buying both of his collections as well as a Justina Robson collection. The Nina Allan novella I got from TTA.
Actually, I could’ve bought a lot more books than just this.
But unfortunately there also was the free library so I got a half dozen more.
UPDATE: almost forgot, I also bought all of Rosemary Kirstein’s Steerswoman novels because she’d dropped the price on the first two for LonCon3.