Tuesday, January 30th, 2007

Sci-Fi and Fantasy “Rooms” on Abe

Our friends over at Abe have created two new “rooms,” one for Science Fiction and one for Fantasy. Both sport a modest but low-key and engaging grab-bag of content. Notable among them are an interview with Elizabeth Bear (also a LibraryThing author), info on Sci-Fi and Fantasy award winners—something LibraryThing should do—and a list of the most expensive Science Fiction and Fantasy Books Sold in 2006. A $8,258.40 copy of 1984 tops the list.

Classifying 1984 as Science Fiction rubs me the wrong way, but I shouldn’t complain too hard. Three hundred thirty-eight LibraryThing users also see it that way, and tagged it so. Even so it falls low on the tag page for Science Fiction, because it has a relatively low “tag salience”—it’s tagged Science Fiction a lot, but not compared to the book or the tag’s popularity overall. By contrast, 1984 heads up the dystopia tag, which makes a lot of sense, I think.

Lastly, the pricey books page has a sidebar with the most expensive sci-fi and fantasy books listed on Abe. The winner is a $75,000 copy of Philip K. Dick‘s Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, inscribed to Tim Powers, “the warmest, the most witty, the most human & least android person I know, the best friend I have ever had.” That does sound like a remarkably find (and no, we’re not getting a cut for saying it).

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