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Advanced Reading Copies (ARC)

Advanced reading copies, or uncorrected proofs, are collected by some because they're printed in very limited numbers. Some collectors feel that the advanced copy of a book is closer to the author's original manuscript than the trade edition(s).

Advanced Reading Copies (ARC)

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Five Portraits; Xanth Novel #39 - ARC, Anthony, Piers

1 Anthony, Piers Five Portraits; Xanth Novel #39 - ARC
Open Road New York 2014 1624672728 / 9781624672729 Uncorrected Proof Trade Paperback New 
A lovely collectible copy, this is an uncorrected proof of Five Portraits. New from publisher. From the author: "Five Portraits is a kind of sequel to Board Stiff in that it picks up where the other leaves off, with the same characters. Apart from that, it's one of my favorites within the series... I like the theme of power of unlikely friendships. Not just Xanth, but Mundania, too, would be better if there were more such friendships." 
Price: 9.95 USD

The Thief of Always, Barker, Clive

2 Barker, Clive The Thief of Always
Harper Collins New York 1992 0060992700 / 9780060992705 Trade Paperback Fine Trade Paperback Signed by Author.
Signed by Author. Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Book is clean and tight in unread condition. Signed on title page. 
Price: 39.95 USD

Dream of the Dragon Pool - A Daoist Quest, ARC, Dalia, Albert A.

3 Dalia, Albert A. Dream of the Dragon Pool - A Daoist Quest, ARC
Pleasure Boat Studio 2007 1929355343 / 9781929355341 trade Paperback Near Fine trade Paperback 
Advanced reading copy. Light edge wear and rubbing to top corners, else fine. "Dream of the Dragon Pool A Daoist Quest is a multifaceted novel woven around the historical fact of the death-sentence exile of Chinas best loved poet-adventurer, Li Bo (also Li Bai, 701-762 A.D.). This is an adventure story of magic, myth, and occult powers written as traditional Chinese-style wu-xia (heroic) fiction." 
Price: 5.95 USD

Footsteps in the Sky, Keyes, Greg

4 Keyes, Greg Footsteps in the Sky
Open Road New York, NY 2015 1497699916 / 9781497699915 Advanced Reading Copy Trade Paperback New 
Uncorrected proof. Book is new from publisher; has a small smudge on the bottom of the text block. "One hundred years ago, Sand's ancestors made the long, one-way trip to the Fifth World, ready to work ceaselessly to terraform the planet. Now, though, many of the planet's inhabitants have begun to resent their grandparents' decision to strand them in this harsh and forbidding place, and some have turned away from the customs of the Well-Behaved People. Sand has her doubts, but she longs to believe that the Kachina live on beyond the stars and have been readying a new domain for her people. She may be right. Humans have discovered nine habitable worlds, all with life that shares a genetic code entirely alien to any on Earth. Someone has been seeding planets, bringing life to them. But no other sign of the ancient farmers has ever been discovered - until one day they return to the Fifth World. They do not like what they find. Originally written in 1994, Footsteps in the Sky is finally being released in digital form by Open Road Media." 
Price: 7.95 USD

The Dragon Quintet; 5 Original Short Novels, Lackey, Mercedes; Card, Orson Scott; Lee, Tanith; Moon, Elizabeth; Swanwick, Michael

5 Lackey, Mercedes; Card, Orson Scott; Lee, Tanith; Moon, Elizabeth; Swanwick, Michael The Dragon Quintet; 5 Original Short Novels
TOR New York 2004 Advanced Reading Copy Trade Paperback New Trade Paperback 
Brand new. This is a galley proof trade paperback in cream wrappers with black text (no cover art). "Five masters of the fantasy genre explore the fantastical world of dragons in an anthology of all original fantasy novellas, including "In the Dragon's House" by Orson Scott Card, Mercedes Lackey's "Joust," "Love in a Time of Dragons" by Tanith Lee, Elizabeth Moon's "Judgment," and Michael Swanwick's "King Dragon." " 
Price: 8.95 USD

Store of the Worlds - The Stories of Robert Sheckley, Lethem, Jonathan; Abramovich, Alex, eds.

6 Lethem, Jonathan; Abramovich, Alex, eds. Store of the Worlds - The Stories of Robert Sheckley
New York Review of Books NY 2012 1590174941 / 9781590174944 Advanced Uncorrected Proof Trade Paperback New 
New from publisher. This is an advance uncorrected proof, labeled as such on the trade cover art (see photo). "Robert Sheckley was an eccentric master of the American short story, and his tales, whether set in dystopic city­scapes, ultramodern advertising agencies, or aboard spaceships lighting out for hostile planets, are among the most startlingly original of the twentieth century. Today, as the new worlds, alternate universes, and synthetic pleasures Sheckley foretold become our reality, his vision begins to look less absurdist and more prophetic. This retrospective selection, chosen by Jonathan Lethem and Alex Abramovich, brings together the best of Sheckley's deadpan farces, proving once again that he belongs beside such mordant critics of contemporary mores as Bruce Jay Friedman, Terry Southern, and Thomas Pynchon." 
Price: 8.95 USD

Boy's Life, McCammon, Robert R.

7 McCammon, Robert R. Boy's Life
Pocket Books New York 1991 0671742264 / 9780671742263 Trade Paperback Very Good Trade Paperback 
Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Book is clean, spine tight. Two light creases to spine, wear to corners and edges. Owner's name on half-title page. Recipient of the 1991 Bram Stoker Award & 1992 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. l. "This tale of an 11-year-old's struggle between innocence and evil begins with the discovery of a gruesome murder and ends with the revelation that, even in Zephyr, Alabama, life is not safe and simple--and most things and people are not what they seem to be." 
Price: 10.95 USD



8 Michaels, Cameron Arena
Bellwether Pub Inc Hendersonville, Tennessee, U.S.A. 2001 0970760000 / 9780970760005 First Edition Trade Paperback Very Good Trade Paperback Signed by Author
Signed by Author Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) A limited edition Advanced Reading Copy limited to 550 copies; documentation inclued with book. Signed by author and unknown inscription to former owner. Cover is advanced reading copy - black with red lettering only. No picture on cover. Cover is intact with slight creasing on lower front edge. Minor edge wear. Very good collectable copy. 
Price: 19.95 USD

Heroics for Beginners - ARC, Moore, John

9 Moore, John Heroics for Beginners - ARC
Ace Fantasy New York 2004 0441011934 / 9780441011933 Advanced Reading Copy Trade Paperback Very Good + Trade Paperback 
Uncorrected proof of mass market paperback edition in trade paperback form. No cover art, but includes insert of front and back mm paperback covers. Plain grey wraps with black print. One smudge on front cover and light reading crease on front; no marks or soiling to interior; no creasing to spine. 
Price: 4.95 USD

Labyrinth, Mosse, Kate

10 Mosse, Kate Labyrinth
Putnam Pub Group New York 2006 0399153446 / 9780399153440 Trade Paperback Near Fine Trade Paperback 
Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Book is clean, tight and solid; no creasing to spine. Light wear to edges and corners. Advanced copy - uncorrected proof. "In this extraordinary thriller, rich in the atmospheres of medieval and contemporary France, the lives of two women born centuries apart are linked by a common destiny." 
Price: 8.95 USD

The Usurper: Book 4 of the Telnarian Histories - ARC, Norman, John

11 Norman, John The Usurper: Book 4 of the Telnarian Histories - ARC
Open Road Media New York, NY 2015 1497679265 / 9781497679269 Advanced Reading Copy Trade Paperback New 
Uncorrected proof, new from publisher with bumping to head of spine. "describes the continuing rise to power of an unsung warrior thrown into the maelstrom of ambition, treachery, and violence that is the galactic empire When Filene, a former noblewoman masquerading as a slave, attempts to assassinate the ascendant tribal king, Ottonius, she fails and becomes fully enslaved. The story of her education in proper submission is told in counterpoint to the tale of the powerful but primitive warrior who finds himself drawn into intrigues affecting the destiny of a threatened and crumbling empire. This novel follows the latest adventures of a man who has fought and killed his way out of obscurity to become a newly crowned king. As events unfold, he finds himself on a bloody and violent path that may lead to the imperial throne itself." 
Price: 9.95 USD

James Tiptree, Jr : The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon, Phillips, Julie

12 Phillips, Julie James Tiptree, Jr : The Double Life of Alice B. Sheldon
St Martins Press New York 2006 0312203853 / 9780312203856 Soft Cover Near Fine Soft Cover 
Type: Advanced Reading Copy (ARC) Book is clean and tight; no creasing to spine. Light wear to edges, else fine. Biography of famed sci-fi writer James Tiptree Jr. 
Price: 14.95 USD

Otherland: City of Golden Shadow, Williams, Tad

13 Williams, Tad Otherland: City of Golden Shadow
D A W Books New York 1997 0886777100 / 9780886777104 Soft Cover Near Fine Soft Cover Signed by Author.
Signed by Author. Type: Galley/Proof Uncorrected proof, signed by Williams on title page. Book is clean and tight, no creasing to spine. Few marks/wear to bottom edge, else fine. 
Price: 34.95 USD


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