What would you like to see Centipede Press publish?

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What would you like to see Centipede Press publish?

1SolerSystem
Set 2, 2019, 6:37 am

Awhile back Jerad mentioned acquiring the rights to publish Roger Zelazny, as well as working on three books from Philip K. Dick and two more from Samuel Delany (one of which Jerad confirmed to me in email is Nova). I'm a huge fan of New Wave science fiction, and this got me thinking what else I would like to see CP publish.

-M. John Harrison: David Ho's illustrations can occasionally be hit or miss for me, but I think he would do a fantastic job illustrating The Centauri Device. The future world Harrison describes is just so grimey and bleak, and the character of Dr. Grishkin so grotesque, that Ho would knock it out of the park. Similarly, Harrison's Viriconium sequence is a masterwork of fantasy that really deserves the deluxe treatment. I envision a slip cased set of the three novels, with the shorter stories spread throughout the books in Harrison's preferred order (similar to the 2000 Gollancz edition). I really like Tom Kidd's art on the Leiber and Moorcock volumes, and I think his style would match the overt fantasy trappings of the series quite well.

-Michael Moorcock: Another series I'd like to see receive the CP treatment- The Dancers at the End of Time. Jerad is already going through the Elric books, so it's possible that he plans to do more of the Eternal Champion stuff in the future, and if so hopefully he gets to this sequence before the Dorian Hawkmoon and Corum stuff. It's such a lush trilogy, full of zany science fiction at the end of time, told with the wit of Oscar Wilde.
Another Moorcock book, and another one I think David Ho would do a great job illustrating- Behold the Man. I think he could really capture the haze of time and history that Moorcock creates, as well as Glogauer's misery.

-As for the Dick books, we can probably exclude A Scanner Darkly, The Man in the High Castle, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep and Ubik, all of which have been published recently by Folio. My favorite Dick novel is The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch, but I think it would be cool if instead of his more widely known works, Jerad put out a series similar to the vintage horror series, focusing on Dick's more pulpy works- Martian Time-Slip, The Game Players of Titan, Clans of the Alphane Moon, A Maze of Death, The Crack in Space- with cover and interior art inspired by old Ace covers.

-Since Jerad has already published Delany's The Fall of the Towers and confirmed Nova, I have a feeling the 3rd Delany volume will be Babel-17 (possibly published with Empire Star as Delany envisioned). It's a great novel, so here's hoping.

-I would love a hardcover edition of Zelazny's A Night in the Lonesome October. Don't even need to commission a new artist- Gahan Wilson's drawings are an integral part of the novel. It's just a book that deserves the hardcover format, printed on pages that will hold up to yearly re-readings. It's one of those books.

I'm not as well versed in horror as I am science fiction, so I'm interested to see other users wishlists!

2wcarter
Editado: Set 2, 2019, 7:10 am

More limited editions like the magnificent Anubis Gate and Kafka on the Shore.

3mkavf
Set 2, 2019, 7:09 am

Easton Press published A Night in the Lonesome October in theirs Signed First Editions series.

Anything by Roger Zelazny would be great!

4SolerSystem
Set 2, 2019, 8:27 am

I drool over The Anubis Gates. I've come close to pulling the trigger on it a couple times, but now I'm holding out for Childhood's End.

5SolerSystem
Set 2, 2019, 8:28 am

I had no idea! Another book to hunt down haha

6Levin40
Editado: Set 3, 2019, 10:35 am

I'd love to see them do Olaf Stapledon's Starmaker and Last and First Man. As far as I'm aware these magnificent books have never been given the fine treatment and I think they'd suit CP well.

7astropi
Set 3, 2019, 6:11 pm

I told Jerad that I would like to see him publish the entire

The Witcher (Polish: Wiedźmin)

books by Andrzej Sapkowski. Doubt it will happen, but hope it will :)

8BombasticBooks
Editado: Jan 12, 2021, 9:10 pm

There some classic sci-fi volumes that desperately need a deluxe treatment. Why is no one showing Robert Sheckley some love and care? I'd love a CP edition of Dimension of Miracles.

I'd also love to see his take on Tiger Tiger (aka The Stars My Destination) by Alfred Bester.

Even farther back, some James Branch Cabell.

9SolerSystem
Jan 13, 2021, 9:29 am

>8 BombasticBooks: Jerad mentioned a Robert Sheckley addition to the Masters of Science Fiction series (and one from Jack Dann), possibly for 2021! I do hope we eventually get some full-length novels from authors in that series though; along with more Sheckley I'd like to see Kate Wilhelm's Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang and Fritz Leiber's The Wanderer and The Big Time. Some of Lafferty's novels would also be great, especially Past Master

I agree with Bester, too, but that doesn't seem likely unfortunately:

'Many requests pouring in for limited illustrated editions of Robert Heinlein novels. (For me, I would love to do Alfred Bester, but he seems off-limits; and I am working on rights for Roger Zelazny!) (As for Philip K. Dick, I have three novels in the works there. And two more Samuel R. Delany books.)'

Personally I can do without more Heinlein, with so many other authors to explore. Cordwainer Smith, Stanislaw Lem, Avram Davidson, Frederik Pohl and Harry Harrison are a few that spring to mind...

10BombasticBooks
Jan 13, 2021, 4:50 pm

>9 SolerSystem: Oh my, yes, some Lafferty novels would be lovely. Many of the older printings are still quite easy to find (his novels being not quite to the same level as his short works, imo). But with Jerad setting a wonderful precedent with his recent Hjortsberg true first edition, I would love to see him give some of Lafferty's unpublished novels the same treatment. Specifically the Coscuin Chronicles quadrilogy, of which only the first two were ever published.

11filox
Jan 13, 2021, 6:00 pm

>9 SolerSystem: Especially with both Folio and Suntup having done Heinlein, CP doing it as well doesn't really add much value. Maybe The Moon is a Harsh Mistress would be a decent addition, but there's so many other authors Jerad could do. Does anyone know of a nice edition of A Canticle for Leibowitz?

12BombasticBooks
Jan 13, 2021, 7:38 pm

>11 filox: Easton's edition of Canticle looks pretty nice. Nothing special, but par for the course for EP, and I like their work.

13SF-72
Mar 17, 2021, 10:20 am

>9 SolerSystem:

Is that quote about requests etc. from a newsletter?

14SF-72
Mar 17, 2021, 10:26 am

Personally, I'd love more nice Heinlein editions, but as has been said, both Folio Society and Suntup published Stranger in a Strange Land and Starship Troopers recently. They're probably the ones that tend to sell best and are a natural choice, but I'd naturally prefer different titles to just other editions of the same two. I'd really enjoy some of his later works, especially Friday or Job, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress is definitely one of the great ones, some of his juveniles could also be interesting.

15SolerSystem
Mar 17, 2021, 11:47 am

>13 SF-72: Yes, that was from a newsletter in April 2019. And I agree with Heinlein's juveniles being a good option. I messaged Jerad suggesting Tunnel in the Sky, Farmer in the Sky, and Have Spacesuit- Will Travel. With such renewed interest in Heinlein I think his juveniles, which have been mostly neglected, would be pretty popular. He said he has considered doing them...

I'm really hoping Folio does The Moon is a Harsh Mistress similar to their other two Heinleins. I know Suntup is wildly popular right now, but I think those Folio versions take the cake.

16SF-72
Mar 21, 2021, 5:38 pm

>15 SolerSystem:

Thank you for that information. Fingers crossed that Centipede Press will publish some Heinlein that hasn't received a fine release yet.

I hope that The Moon is a Harsh Mistress being mentioned several times in the preface to the Folio Society edition of Stranger in a strange land is a good sign in that regard. It would be great to have all three together. Their editions are beautiful and really suit the books.