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US Small Press founded in 1976 by Pennsylvania-based Chuck Miller and Tim Underwood, who worked in California. Their first book, a first hardcover edition of Jack Vance's The Dying Earth (1950; their edition 1976) almost accidentally set them on a course which would identify them with that author, many of whose works, new and old, they subsequently released. Other ambitious projects included several nonfiction books about Stephen King and a well-edited five-volume edition of The Collected Stories of Philip K. Dick (coll 1987) by Philip K Dick, which came very close to honouring the claim made by its title – an accomplishment worth noting in the small-press field, where editing standards sometimes lag significantly behind ambition, especially (as in collected editions) where archive work may be required. Underwood-Miller long remained one of the best-run, most prolific and successful of US small presses, and seemed likely to be among the first to move into general publishing and survive; but the two publishers' partnership ceased in 1994, and Tim Underwood began again solo as Underwood Books. [JC/DRL]
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