John ONeill, is the Emperor Overlord & Mighty Poobah of the excellent blog Black Gate. I subscribed to and read Black Gate in print when it was published in that format, and now I read it daily in blog form on my computer. I hardly blush when I say John is a hero of mine, and someday I’d like to
shake his hand, uh, fist bump, uh, elbow bump. Heck, I’d just bow.
At any rate, I read this post on Black Gate and, besides being envious of his prowess at finding cool books online, it got me thinking I should look for some old anthologies for myself. So I did. This will begin a series of posts I do on them.
Adventures On Other Planets edited by Donald A. Wollheim, Ace Books Inc. 1955 mass market paperback, science fiction anthology, five stories, 160 pages.
“Already man is taking the first steps into space! The artificial satellite you’ve read about in the papers is but the first exciting step that will open up a universe of wonders. Here’s a new science-fiction anthology that presents some of the astounding ADVENTURES ON OTHER PLANETS that may be awaiting us.” — from back cover
I was only ten years old when this was published, so it’s unlikely I saw it in a bookstore, but the cover has a familiar look. Classic, even. The authors are well known for the time, and the stories are a lot of fun. Only one of the stories let me down a little, I really liked the rest. The less than very good? The Simak. I admit to having problems with Simak over the years, his stories seem to either wow me or…not.
Of these, I’d previously read the Leinster (my favorite here) and Van Vogt, and enjoyed reading them again. If you happen to have a copy of this, or come across one, it’s certainly worth a look.
- “The Obligation” by Roger Dee
- “The Sound of Bugles” by Robert Moore Williams
- “Ogre” by Clifford D. Simak
- “Assignment on Passik” by Murray Leinster
- “The Rull” by A. E. Van Vogt