I’ve spent a lot of time prowling second-hand bookshops looking for elusive, out-of-print titles. I’ve found some of my favorite books that way. I still remember my excitement at finding Moorcock’s Behold the Man, Brunner’s Stand on Zanzibar, and Zelazny’s Lord of Light (little did I know that some of these would eventually come back into print!). Some of these searches literally took years.
Now it looks like some of that hunting is about to get a little easier. Fellow Hopefull Monster, Terry Kidd, alerted me to an effort to get out-of-print speculative fiction novels back into print (sort of). Gollancz, an imprint of the Orion Publishing Group, is putting together a digital library that will make thousands of classic and out-of-print titles available. I haven’t seen the details yet, and I don’t know if it will actually come to anything, but I’m keeping my eye on this one because I’m stilling looking for several titles, like Asimov’s The Mule, and various New Wave titles from the 60s.