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I read that one book about 25 years ago, a great book but a very offbeat in terms of story.This book has a bit of a history for me: when I was that classic phenomenon - a teen who had just discovered science fiction -- I was having trouble finding enough of it to read. But RING AROUND THE SUN was there, in the county library (next town over from mine, so I did not get there often until I was in high school there...). But I could not get at it!
It was in the "adult" section, and the librarians watched me like a hawk, to make sure I didn't get any of the good stuff (I guess...). So once every few weeks, after I had searched the room that held the book considered suitable for kids, I would wander into the adult rooms.
There was not much SF even there. But for some reason, RING stood out to my eyes, calling me...
So far out of reach...
Actually, I was a little disappointed, that first time (which was when I became 17 while a senior in high school -- I think the librarians gave up on watching me...I wasn't that attractive!)(Just kidding. Really!)Nice story Dave - what did you think of the book when you finally read it?
I too was a member of the SFBC, got some really nice stuff from them. How in the world did you get tossed out? Buy too many books?
It must have been something very serious.
And not once, but twice, if I remember right.
Wow! Didn't know he was such a hooligan.
I'm hurt!Fortunately the moderators on this forum are really on the ball.
Please, Hugh, I knew you were joking! (If I didn't, you'd be dead now...!)Apologies, Dave, I was aware from another thread that the reason was age rather than hooligan-tendencies.
I just love hearing memories of these early encounters with SF. How wonderful to get a classic like Way Station for free from the Book Club. Maybe they thought if they give you a classic for free, you would cease your efforts to re-enlist.
My copy of Way Station is also the SFBC edition, but the English printing. Sadly it is not signed. Some years ago I decided I wanted a signed copy of something that he had written, so I bought a signed copy of All Flesh is Grass from a seller in Turnpike Road, Golden Valley, Minnesota called Ron. It's signed "To Ron, all regards Cliff Simak". Someone told me later that Ron was a bookseller friend of Cliff's who used to get him to sign copies regularly.
Re: your mother disapproving of the magazine covers. I had a slightly similar problem, but I never got round it. Age 7 (1959), I discovered imported US comics for sale on a Woolworths Counter. Unfortunately she caught on to the covers and I became limited in my purchases to Harvey Comics as the covers said they were approved by "The Comics Code". As a result I still retain some knowledge of the intricacies of Sad Sack's army life.