Welcome to Orielis' Books!
Please take the time to browse through our catalog. We specialize in Science Fiction, Fantasy, Mystery, Romance, and Children's books (both recent and vintage).
We also carry an extensive collection of Rex Stout books, featuring the world's largest private detective Nero Wolfe.
Each week sees us adding more titles to our on-line catalog. Check back from time to time to see what is new.
In addition to our on-line offerings, throughout the year we go to various Science Fiction conventions within a four state area. For more information concerning where we will be vending this year, please see Events.
One area we have been expanding is our children's series books, featuring classics like Tom Swift, The Hardy Boys, and Nancy Drew, to other entertaining series like The Three Investigators, X Bar X Boys, The Black Stallion and many more. Look for these in our Children's Series category. We plan to add sub-categories here as well, to highlight some of the individual series.
Robert A. Heinlein
Robert Heinlein made an immediate impact on the fledgling science fiction world with his first story, Life-Line, published In 1939 in Astounding Stories magazine. Heinlein, Isaac Asimov, and Arthur C. Clarke were regarded as three of the leading authors in science fiction’s Golden Age.
One of Heinlein’s innovations, since adopted by innumerable others, was what was called his ‘Future History’. This was a loosely organized history in which many of his stories played a part. Typical amongst these was If This Goes on --, his first novel (co-opting what I regard as the ultimate science fiction story title), which postulated a religious dictatorship in the United States and the movement and organization required to overthrow it.
Heinlein was one of the first American authors to emerge from the so-called ‘pulp ghettos’, writing for The Saturday Evening Post and other magazines. In the 1950s Scribner published a dozen of what were termed Heinlein’s juvenile novels, some of which have fairly adult themes. Many hold up surprisingly well after 60+ years.
Heinlein began the 1960s with a pair of Hugo winning novels. Starship Troopers paved the way for the much imitated military powered armor. Stranger in a Strange Land became the first science fiction novel to make the New York Times best seller list and became a mainstream classic of the 60s. It challenged conventional American mores and introduced ‘grok’ to the English language. He ended the 1960s with his last Hugo winner, The Moon is a Harsh Mistress, a classic that moves an American Revolution type setting to the Moon, casting it with a Libertarian slant along with a self-aware computer.
In the 1970s, poor health led Robert and Virginia Heinlein to set out to help reorganize and reenergize the blood donation system in the United States. In the 1980s he again turned to writing, publishing another five novels before his death in 1988.
As teenagers, my sister and I grew up on Heinlein’s work. To this day, Heinlein remains a popular author for the con-going public and online shoppers. You can check out our current listings here.
Large Print Books
We continue to add to our inventory of Large Print books and currently offer about 130 titles. We are always looking for more large print books of all kinds -- mystery, romance, thrillers, history, and more. We tend to pick up any large print books in decent condition that we find, as we know these books can be difficult to locate.
If you read large print books and are interested in a particular author or series, feel free to drop us a note and we can let you know when we get some in.
Note on Easy Eye books: In the mid to late 70s (mostly), there was a special type used by some paperback publishers called Easy Eye Larger Type. These books were pocket paperbacks and the type, while not as big as today's large print books, is definitely larger than the standard type used in a typical pocket paperback. We have included these in our Large Print catalog and identify them as Easy Eye or Larger Type in the book descriptions.
Finding Books Online
Looking for a particular book? You can use our Quick Search to search our inventory by author, title, or by using specific keywords.
Just wanting to Browse through the shelves, or perhaps look at one or more of the different categories? You can do that here as well.
Looking for a particular book but can't find it anywhere? Interested in anything by a favorite author? Use our Off-line Search Service to tell us what you're trying to find. We'll search for it and report back to you what we find.
Note: By entering a want you are NOT committed to buy anything. We'll e-mail you with our findings and then let you decide if that's the right choice for you.
U.S. customers: Order $35 or more, and get free media mail shipping.
Browse our inventory now to take advantage of this special.