The Dragon Masters, Jack Vance, cover Josh Kirby, Ace Double #16640, 1972

The Dragon Masters, Jack Vance, cover Josh Kirby, Ace Double #16640, 1972

Weird Tales, cover C.C. Senf, July 1929

Weird Tales, cover C.C. Senf, July 1929

You live like this, sheltered, in a delicate world, and you believe you are living. Then you read a book…or you take a trip… and you discover that you are not living, that you are hibernating. The symptoms of hibernating are easily detectable: first, restlessness. The second symptom (when hibernating becomes dangerous and might degenerate into death): absence of pleasure. That is all. It appears like an innocuous illness. Monotony, boredom, death. Millions live like this (or die like this) without knowing it. They work in offices. They drive a car. They picnic with their families. They raise children. And then some shock treatment takes place, a person, a book, a song, and it awakens them and saves them from death. Some never awaken.

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Gentleman Junkie, Harlan Ellison, cover Barclay Shaw, Ace, 1983

Gentleman Junkie, Harlan Ellison, cover Barclay Shaw, Ace, 1983

The Humanoids, Jack Willamson, cover Emsh, Lancer Books, New York, 1963

The Humanoids, Jack Willamson, cover Emsh, Lancer Books, New York, 1963

Elric: Song of the Black Sword, Michael Moorcock, cover Kent Williams, White Wolf Publishing, 1995

Elric: Song of the Black Sword, Michael Moorcock, cover Kent Williams, White Wolf Publishing, 1995

Burning Chrome, William Gibson, cover James Warhola, uncorrected proofs, Arbor House, 1986

Burning Chrome, William Gibson, cover James Warhola, uncorrected proofs, Arbor House, 1986

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft & Others, illustration Lee Brown Coye, Arkham House, 1969

Tales of the Cthulhu Mythos, H.P. Lovecraft & Others, illustration Lee Brown Coye, Arkham House, 1969

The Deathworld Trilogy, Harry Harrison, cover illustration Richard Corben, Nelson Doubleday book club edition, New York, 1968

The Deathworld Trilogy, Harry Harrison, cover illustration Richard Corben, Nelson Doubleday book club edition, New York, 1968

Weird Tales, November 1929, back cover illus. Robert A. Graef

Weird Tales, November 1929, back cover illus. Robert A. Graef