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Alien Investor
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posted August 12, 2002 12:44     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Last night I went out. I hit the ferry and then the subway and came up at Columbus Circle.

I curled up at Barnes and Noble and read about half of a book on the psychology of trading. Not every geek's bread and butter but it's mine.

Then I wandered up Broadway looking for interesting food. I've had enough diet food for the past few days. I wound up in Big Nick's, an old style burger diner ... with a 16 ounce Sumo Burger ... in a booth with a signed picture of Bill Clinton and Nick, "Nick -- thanks for the great food." It doesn't get more artery-clogging than that! Score!

Then I doubled back to the sidewalk book seller I had passed by.

This guy had a lot of interesting books, although he was light on the geek side (that's the Upper West Side for you). I found a few paperbacks, including a copy of "Fearless", which was made into one of my favorite movies ever, with Jeff Bridges. I love finding random books for a $1 on the street like that! Score again!

On the next table the guy had a box of crap CD's. Well, for $1, I'll listen to just about anything, so I picked up a few forgettable CD's.

By now I was looking at my watch. I had only a few minutes left to catch the subway back to South Ferry, and my ferry runs only once an hour at Sunday nights. But, hey, the guy's got a table of comic books (single issues and graphic novels), so I can spend a minute or two seeing if he's got something interesting.

I see a picture of a rugged guy in a space suit against a port hole. Hmmm, this might have some geek potential. Then the title blows my eyeballs out.

The Complete Alfred Bester's Stars My Destination
Howard Chaykin, Brian Preiss

"Holy Mary, Mother of God".

All of a sudden, I'm not sure whether I'm awake or dreaming. I pick up the book and flip it open, thinking that it's going to be all blank inside, or it's going to be some other Alfred Bester, or some other The Stars My Destination, or that I really am dreaming and I won't actually be able to read what's inside.

The book opens up to a 2/3 page picture of a brutally handsome man in a tuxedo dancing with a tall beautiful redhead at a formal ball. I flip through the book. More scenes. It's for real. And it's for sale, and I'm holding it.

"Oh my God."

There's no price on the book. I look at the bookseller. I am on auto-pilot. I ask him "how much?". He is going to tell me how much, and I am going to pay him. He can say whatever he wants, and I am going to pay him. I realize this, and I realize that being an Upper West Side sidewalk book seller, he can read all this written all over me.

"Three dollars."

I am whipping out three one-dollar bills as fast as I can, before he changes his mind, before the book dissolves, before some other Bester fan teleports in, before I wake up. I'm afraid that if I give him a twenty, he will have time to change his mind.

As a graphic novel, it's flawed. Presteign and Olivia Presteign don't look right to me. The pictures and the text run side by side, and are not well integrated. The text has been edited and some juicy bits have been excised. There are embarrassing typographical errors. Most of the artwork does not come close to the scope and drama that it needs.

But still ... this book knocked me on my ass when I was 12, and it is so visual, that any pictures at all are good pictures. It's got pictures of Foyle crawling through the wreckage of Nomad, and 25th century New York, and the Star Chamber, and Dagenham cupping an orchard, and Gully and Jizbella running naked through the caves, and Sam Quatt's magnificent dive, and ... and that's just Part 1.

Take a war to make you spend. Take a jam to make you think. Take a challenge to make you great. Rest of the time you sit around, lazy, you. All right, damn you! I challenge you, me. Die or live and be great. Blow yourselves up or come and find me, Gully Foyle, and I make you great. I give you the stars.

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Alien Investor
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posted August 12, 2002 12:46     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Whoops, I got so excited that I posted this twice!

I tried to delete the duplicate, but only a forum leader can delete posts. I can't delete the duplicate post. Could a forum leader help me out? Merci!

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spungo
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posted August 12, 2002 12:52     Click Here to See the Profile for spungo     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Ooh... and I thought it was a glitch in the Matrix.

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and what a terrible mess I've made of my life."

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Steen
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posted August 12, 2002 14:26     Click Here to See the Profile for Steen   Click Here to Email Steen     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations on a great find!

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GMx
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posted August 13, 2002 04:15     Click Here to See the Profile for GMx   Click Here to Email GMx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
Congratulations! I've found that NYC is the best place to find anything obscure or that you wouldn't find anywhere else. I'm a music geek among other things, and the last time I was there, I found a lot of great Bootlegs at this record store on St. Mark's Place. The street vendors usually have some good stuff, and usually you can get a good price on it because they don't know what they're selling.

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ilovemydualg4
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posted August 13, 2002 04:23     Click Here to See the Profile for ilovemydualg4   Click Here to Email ilovemydualg4     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
are you sure that the cds and books are legal copies?

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SpikeSpiegel
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posted August 13, 2002 06:16     Click Here to See the Profile for SpikeSpiegel   Click Here to Email SpikeSpiegel     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
does it really matter?

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Alien Investor
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posted August 13, 2002 07:15     Click Here to See the Profile for Alien Investor   Click Here to Email Alien Investor     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
A quick test: the pirated CD's in Manhattan cost $5 and are copies of best sellers. The second-hand CD's cost $1 to $3 and are old stuff that you've never heard of.

It matters to me. I don't pirate stuff, and I don't buy pirated stuff.

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GMx
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posted August 13, 2002 12:18     Click Here to See the Profile for GMx   Click Here to Email GMx     Edit/Delete Message   Reply w/Quote
I wasn't talking about pirated copies of mainstream music. What I got was outakes and unreleased stuff along with live shows and radio broadcasts, etc. I especially find outakes interesting and usually like them better than the released versions. If the artist's don't want to release them, that's their problem. The Beatles finally got smart when they released the Anthology series and the BBC sessions. I already had a lot of the stuff on them, but I bought all the Anthologies and the BBC sessions because they did have some stuff I didn't have and the sound quality was much better.

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