The sixties and early seventies were a very fertile era for science fiction in America. Writers like Frank Herbert, Roger Zelazny, Samuel R. Delaney, Ursula K. Le Guin, Anne McCaffrey, and many others were busy launching decades-long careers. Their books are still read and enjoyed today.
And then there are those writers who weren’t so lucky. Who never really connected with a wide audience, and whose entire catalog has been out of print for three decades or more. Folks like the British writer Vincent King, who published three paperbacks through Ballantine in 1969-1971, all with eye-catching covers by Robert Foster and Dean Ellis. None of them was ever reprinted in the US, and they quickly vanished.
There are no digital editions. King is the kind of writer who can only be enjoyed the old-fashioned way: by hunting down his books.
The titles were:
Light a Last Candle (217 pages, $0.75, July 1969, cover by Robert Foster)
Another End (185 pages, $0.95, January 1971, cover by Dean Ellis)
Candy Man (250 pages, $0.95, July 1971, cover by Dean Ellis)
Here’s the back covers [click for bigger versions]:
I particularly enjoyed the back-cover text for his first novel, which warmly welcomed King to American shores.
“Vincent King” was the pseudonym of Rex Thomas Vinson, who got his start selling short stories to John Carnell’s New Writings in SF anthology series. He published one more book in the UK, Time Snake and Superclown, in 1976. It was never reprinted in the US.
That was his final novel. He died in 2000.
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