Thursday, July 20, 2006

What's Hot In Collecting: Summer 2006

I've been meaning to start doing something like this for a few months now. There are always ups and downs in collectible book values, but often times it's important to know just what books are becoming valuable and how fast -- so you can be sure to grab a copy before the value increases beyond reasonable reach.
Like Vellum last year, The Lies of Locke Lamora is this years collectible darling. (At least so far.)

The SF community, while trending toward old and conservative, (in habit, certainly not politically) have always been neophysts, in love with the 'Next Big Thing.' Scott Lynch seems to be just that.

Duncan is still going strong, however, and Vellum is a very collectible book. In fact, it might be a good idea to snatch up a UK first edition before they become impossible to procure. The US edition, released just this year, was a trade paperback original. Yawn.

Snatching up a copy might also be a good idea for the recently reviewed River of Gods. It's probably smart to acquire both a UK and US edition of that particular work.

The market recently has been particularly strong for Steven Erikson's Malazan: Book of The Fallen series, with early UK editions rising rapidly in price. (The first few were trade paperback originals, and the recent TOR hardcovers were the only hardcovers produced. This has not hurt their value in the slightest, however.) As new readers from the U.S. become fans, prices continue to rise. I would look to R. Scott Bakker to continue this tradition, and soon.

Susanna Clarke's Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell was quite big last year, but the market was glutted with a huge first printing. Signed copies are practically a dime a dozen.

Charles Stross books continue to be very collectible, despite his releasing a new one every other week. I believe that Stross will be considered a pinacle of science fiction of the current generation, and so his books should snatched up as you would Asimov's, Heinlein's, or Zelazny's.

What's Buzzing Right Now:

1. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Gollancz, UK, Hardcover

2. River of Gods by Ian McDonald (Simon & Shuster, UK, Hardcover)

3. The Lies of Locke Lamora by Scott Lynch (Bantam Spectra, US, Hardcover)

4. Vellum by Hal Duncan (Pan, UK, Hardcover)

5. Temeraire by Naomi Novik (Voyager, UK, Hardcover)

6. Rainbow's End by Vernor Vinge (TOR, US, Hardcover)

7. River of Gods by Ian McDonald (PYR, US, Hardcover)

8. The Complete Chronicles of Conan: Centenary Edition by Robert E Howard (Gollancz, UK, Hardcover)

9. Accelerando by Charles Stross (TOR, US, Hardcover) *expect a huge jump in collectiblity if Accelerando wins the Hugo next month.*

10. Glasshouse by Charles Stross (TOR, US, Hardcover)

11. 20th Century Ghosts by Joe Hill (PS Publishing, UK, Hardcover)

Comments on "What's Hot In Collecting: Summer 2006"


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:17 PM) : 

Good picks! I'll add one. Tim Powers' Three Days to Never. The Subterranean Press signed hardcover went out of print on or close to publication. Being the true first, this is likely to increase in value, despite the arrival of a trade hardcover next month.


Blogger Ed S. said ... (2:01 PM) : 

A good list! The Conan book I have mixed feelings on because his work has been reprinted simultaneously by a number of publishers over and over and over again in a variety of formats. With that market constantly glutted it's hard to see much investment value in any of his books. Even most of the earlier Grant titles still go for a pittance.

As for Tim Powers Three Days To Never I was a little ticked at the $80 price tag on this. Yes it sold out and may do well in the resale market going forward but I won't buy it. I might buy the trade hardcover to read.

One book not mentioned which has slipped in under the radar is the just released (UK Tor hardcover) Alan Campbell's Scar Night. I haven't read it yet but the reviews are positive and the plot line intriguing. Unlike Hal Duncan's Vellum it didn't get much advance hype.


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (1:24 PM) : 

Nice list. Of course, annoying to see that all my US hardcovers are less desirable than the UK hardcovers. Damn you, Blighty!


Anonymous Anonymous said ... (12:59 PM) : 

And the Gollancz HB of Locke Lamora was the first world HB (ahead of the US edition by a month or so) and was a short-run edition for the libary and collector market (ie less than 1,500 in circulation).


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