Still, the pull of the book bins is strong in these places.
I was hopeful. At least here, you could see that some people had cared for their books, wrapping Book Club Editions in protective, clear wrappers. These people had been readers. They'd been excited by the stories. I had to peruse the section twice before finding a book that had been pushed behind the others: a 2007 signed third printing of John Scalzi's 5th book, The Last Colony. "Debbie! Hope you like this, John Scalzi." It makes me wonder if Debbie did like it. Publisher's Weekly did, although not as much as his previous books.
Granted, it's not a first printing, which would garner $80+, but for $1 investment, it wasn't a bad find.
I also found a 1985 copy of Isaac Asimov's Fantasy! with short stories by George R.R. Martin and Connie Willis (two authors I like). This was someone's treasure, carefully wrapped in protective demco with a tight binding. These sci-fi short story compilations always tickle me. They were printed in a hurry, with goofy fonts and no page layout. They were meant for mass production, just as Book Club Editions were, so they don't really hold much value, but I love the absolute awkwardness of these books. They speak to an eagerness of the geek genre to experience something new, exciting and imaginative.