Covers from the first editions of Hugo and Nebula award winning Sci-Fi Classics. Photo: AbeBooks.com
One of my industry writer friends, Steven J. Vaughn-Nichols let me in on an interesting item that came up for sale today -- a full collection of Hugo and Nebula award-winning Sci-Fi novels, in their first editions.
Asking price? A mere $116,500.
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How many books are we talking here? 82 titles, which includes such greats as Robert A. Heinlein's Stranger in a Strange Land, Arthur C. Clarke's Rendevous with Rama, Roger Zelazny's Lord of Light, and Walter M. Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz.
To paraphrase Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof: If I Were a Rich Man... I would buy and read these all day long, if I were a wealthy man.
But I'm not a wealthy man, I'm middle class. Barely, especially given everyone's current economic circumstances. And even if I bought every single one of these in paperback, it would still run me around $800.00, assuming $10.00 per book.
This would seem like a golden opportunity for Amazon to make some money with the Kindle, especially if they could figure out how to offer all of these in compilation collections at a significantly reduced price. While I think the Kindle at $359.00 is pretty steep for a single function device, I might seriously consider picking one up if I could get a special Kindle 2 + Complete Hugo/Nebula collection for $500.00 or less. $450.00 would make it a complete no-brainer.
What do you say, Amazon? Can you put the ultimate SF library in the hands of the middle class nerds everywhere? Talk Back and Let Me Know.