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Any old buggers out there who remember '60's paperback sci-fi

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Posted on May 12, 2012 7:43:43 AM PDT
dray says:
Yes I do remember the ACE Doubles. I used to get thirty five cents for a lunch at the school cafeteria back then. My mom used to pack me an extra snack as I still was not gaining any weight. Little did she know that my lunch money went for buying books. I still had most of those books up until we had a house fire in 1998 and I lost somewhere over 5000 paper back books. When the Ace books went up to 40 cents I had to learn how to pitch pennies really well to keep going on my book supply. Hey if I lost I did not get a new book to read. To this day I still have to be able to read for at least one or two hours each day. (Please Note that Books do not have commercials every ten mins.)

Posted on May 12, 2012 7:56:08 AM PDT
Nautilus says:
I'm one of the "old buggers" out there who can recall the '60's paperbacks, Ace doubles and otherwise. Also old enough to recall the '50's paperbacks, such as they were. Still have few mouldering about the house somewhere. My wife compares me to them, the mouldering part, that is. I might add the hardcover science fiction was pretty inexpensive by comparison. Random House and a handful of other publishers, small and large, had prices which averaged out around $2.00, a bit more or a bit less. But like Dray points out, it could sure eat into that lunch money....

Posted on May 12, 2012 8:04:59 AM PDT
Thank you, D (Dray) for the recommendations. And thanks again, P. M. Scogin. Two of my female twitter friends have recommended le Guin to me before, and another female SF author whose name I can't recall at the moment, even though I read one of her books (one of a multi-part series). But I must disagree with you: YOU *ARE* A WRITER! @hg47

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:55:18 AM PDT
dray says:
I have been told by a couple of ladies that Deprima gets it correct when writing about a female lead in a book ask your friends and see what they say. Hey they can just get the sample and it should give them some idea I think.


Posted on May 12, 2012 3:40:19 PM PDT
Pleiades2 says:
Blackie Duquesne! Surely some of y'all should remember him.
My Q is how would his last name be pronounced? I reckon some of youse have a knowledge of French.
My guess is DooKain. What a guy!

In reply to an earlier post on May 12, 2012 8:49:20 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 12, 2012 9:54:34 PM PDT
Tanith Lee?

She did *some* sci fi.

Octavia Butler?

Andre Norton?

Edited for typo.

Posted on May 12, 2012 9:54:08 PM PDT
Doc Savage novels.....reissue of Edgar rice Burroughs novels.....andre Norton sci fi....Jim

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 1:45:20 AM PDT
Pete Falina says:
Want to go back to the '50's? Avalon Books reprints of pulp stories, especially Otis Adlebert Kiline's Venus and Mars stories. Analog's P. Schyler Miller called Kline "Burrough's best and most vigorous imitator."

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 6:24:11 AM PDT
P. M. Scogin says:
Possibly CJ Cherryh?

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 6:40:45 AM PDT
PA1957 says:
Ace Doubles were the first sci fi I ever read. My mom married a guy when I was 12 that had a closet full of them. Now I have a kindle and at least 20,000 books on my computer for it. I have alot magaizes for it too, including asimov and analog.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 6:43:15 AM PDT
jblondin says:
I also love the kindle..... I live in a small place and do not have room for 100" of books

Posted on May 13, 2012 9:48:01 AM PDT

For all fans of old sci-fi paperbacks go to the above link. Harry Harrison has released most of his books into public domain. I love him as an author because he figures that once he's made a certain level of money off the books that his future income from them will be negligible enough that he might as well release them into public domain for people to enjoy.

Now look directly below the book at the "people who bought this" list. Every one of those books is a sci-fi classic in the public domain and is free.

Posted on May 13, 2012 10:28:40 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 10:39:54 AM PDT
Thanks for the tip, T. J. Deathworld is a great classic SciFi story. It's the first part of a trilogy originally published in Astounding SF magazine. I'm not sure if all three stories are included in the free download.

Other Astounding SF authors from the same time period whose stories are available as free ebook downloads include Mack Reynolds, James H. Schmitz and H. Beam Piper.

There are many SF classics now available for free in ebook form but many seem dated by today's standards. I particularly love these authors and recommend them to all fans of classic 50's and 60's SciFi. Some are available from Amazon and Project Gutenberg and others, such as Schmitz and Piper, can be found in the Baen Books Free Library.

In reply to an earlier post on May 13, 2012 10:36:30 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 13, 2012 10:52:53 AM PDT
Ellisaana says:
Harvey, could the other female author be CJ Cherryh?
Her books date to the mid 1970's, mostly on Daw, but a few were released on Questar label. She is a prolific writer of hard SciFi, fantasy and something between the two.
If you haven't read her and want a quick intro, try Rimrunners (from the Union/Alliance universe), or Heavy Time (about astroid miners)
Her long running Foreigner.series began in '94. She has won multiple Hugo awards: Downbelow Station, Cyteen, Rimrunners.

Like P.M. Scogin, I am female and have been avid reader of SF, since I first sneaked my brother's ERB's and Boy's Life's out from under his bed in the late 50's. Once I started buying paperbacks, I read everything I could get my hands on. I regret having to leave most of the books behind when I married, but I did keep a few: Dune, Glory Road, Lord of Light etc.
A friend gave me a copy of Left Hand of Darkness which is an excellent read. Le Guin is good, but I like Cherryh's work better.

Posted on May 13, 2012 11:08:19 AM PDT
Ellisaana says:
I remember reading Andre Norton's books. They are a good juvenile entrance to the genre, but perhaps I was too old when I first read them (or I read the wrong ones.) When I found them, I was already reading ERB, Heinlein, and Pol Anderson. Reading Norton did encourage me to try fantasy.

To me, the test of a book, is not its first read, but if it still provokes the same reading pleasure the third or fourth time through.

Posted on May 13, 2012 12:00:34 PM PDT
When I was a junior in high school, I took an elective class called Library Studies. The class was not popular, so I was one of only a few who signed up, much to my delight, because I got to do a little bit of everything in the school library. My favorite job was putting returned books back on the shelf. Fulfilling this task one day, I came across A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle. It sounded interesting and I, though a voracious reader, had never read anything like it. At the time it had only been out a few years. I loved the book and asked the librarian what other books the library had like that. She introduced me to Andre Norton. From there, I found my way to Heinlein, H. Beam Piper, James Schmitz and eventually to Cherryh. My favorite series by Cherryh is the Chanur saga, but I like all of her work. From Science Fiction, I branched out to Fantasy, but I still really love those old Science Fiction memories. So count me in with the other ladies who also grew up on the genre.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 12:25:28 AM PDT
Oh kill me now.

Not available to Australians.........................

Posted on May 14, 2012 5:31:21 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on May 14, 2012 5:34:04 AM PDT
Sithberries, I'm not sure which books you believe aren't available to you in Australia but don't limit your free book search to those available on Amazon's site. Check out Project Gutenberg Australia, Baen Free Library,, etc. For paid titles, Baen Books ( should be available to you. Also, C. J. Cherryh has her own ebook store, found here:

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 6:40:21 AM PDT
The Deathworld ones mentioned above.

I've only ever searched for non fiction books on Gutenberg. Time to check it out for sci fi gems.

It's just a personal groan fest of mine. The more a book appeals on Amazon, the higher the chance it will be geographically restricted.

Thanks for the information. :)

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 6:57:09 AM PDT
PA1957 says:
You can download the whole sci fi section they have in a zip file. It includes soem old pulp magazines also.

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:23:53 AM PDT
JNagarya < And Heinlein (even in recent reread of uncut "Stranger in a Strange Land") is so arrogant and full of himself, and how he can't be wrong about anything, that he's as unendurable as any of the current ... >

First off, I recently read the uncut "Stranger", and imo whoever edited it down for original publication did RAH a favor.

But more generally, have you mostly read pre- or post-Stranger Heinlein? Although it's not absolutely a sharp divide, I'd have to agree with your characterization as applied to his later efforts, But his earlier material -- the juveniles and the 1940's future history and etc -- seemed much less so to me (though there were always tendencies!).

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 7:58:25 AM PDT
< You can download the whole sci fi section they have in a zip file. >

Um, who "they"? Amazon? Gutenberg? And how do we find this download?

(It's not obvious on Gutenberg, at least. I can get to the list of science fiction books by searching for, say, Deathworld at, then clicking on the link at the bottom, Related Books ... In Science Fiction. But don't find a zip download option.)

Posted on May 14, 2012 8:10:27 AM PDT
Always1957 says:
Nice to find all of you! I'm just 54, but I've been reading for a long time, generally older stuff. I had a middle school friend whose mother had a lot of old paperbacks. I started with Asimov and Clarke and continued with Heinlein; but I'm not up on most of the latest writers, so I never vote on Hugos and such, because I haven't read them! But you really can't argue too much about tastes; you like what you like.
In general, I think the children of an author following up is not a good idea. I've not really taken to the continuations that Brian Herbert has done to the Frank Herbert corpus; so although I haven't read Pournelle's daughter's thing, I guess I don't have high hopes for it.
Well, I could have made this post either terribly long, or nicely short, so I've chosen the latter! We'll talk again!

In reply to an earlier post on May 14, 2012 8:53:06 AM PDT
PA1957 says:
I forgot, not a zip file, It has been a while since i did it, It is a torrent.
Here is the link to the page on gutenberg to download the torrent. It has the torrent links and a link to a page for more info.

Posted on May 14, 2012 9:41:01 AM PDT
I have too SF books I have been trying to track down for years. 1) Survivors people dumped on a horrible planet from a hijacked spaceship, rebuilding civilization and a first contact story with a crew who pretended that THE CAT was their boss to fool suspicious aliens.
I can enjoy most Sci-fi from Tom Corbett to Miles Vorkosigan but am not such a fan of most fantasy excluding Pern and Valdemar
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