The rest of the bunch of books on the shelf we saw last week.
The Agent Gambit by Sharon Lee and Steve Miller. Another of the books in the Liaden Universe series.
Exploring the Horizons: Explorers and the Furthest Horizon edited by Gardner Dozois, a science fiction anthology that was last Friday’s FFB post.
The Omnibus of Science Fiction, edited by Groff Conklin, an anthology of science fiction short stories edited by Groff Conklin. It was first published in hardcover by Crown Publishers in 1952, and reprinted in 1953; a book club edition was issued by the same publisher with the Science Fiction Book Club in the same year. This edition by Bonanza Books/Crown Publishers in 1984.
The book collects forty-three novellas, novelettes and short stories together with an introduction by the editor. The stories were previously published from 1912-1952 in various science fiction and other magazines.
- “Introduction” (Groff Conklin)
- “John Thomas’s Cube” (John Leimert) TR
- “Hyperpilosity” (L. Sprague de Camp)
- “The Thing in the Woods” (Fletcher Pratt and B. F. Ruby)
- “And Be Merry …” (Katherine MacLean)
- “The Bees from Borneo” (Will H. Gray)
- “The Rag Thing” (David Grinnell)
- “The Conqueror” (Mark Clifton)
- “Never Underestimate …” (Theodore Sturgeon) AD
- “The Doorbell” (David H. Keller) AD
- “A Subway Named Mobius” (A. J. Deutsch) OM TR
- “Backfire” (Ross Rocklynne)
- “The Box” (James Blish) AD
- “Zeritsky’s Law” (Ann Griffith)
- “The Fourth Dynasty” (R. R. Winterbotham)
- “The Color Out of Space” (H. P. Lovecraft) OM TR
- “The Head Hunters” (Ralph Williams)
- “The Star Dummy” (Anthony Boucher) OM TR
- “Catch That Martian” (Damon Knight) AD
- “Shipshape Home” (Richard Matheson) TR
- “Homo Sol” (Isaac Asimov) OM
- “Alexander the Bait” (William Tenn)
- “Kaleidoscope” (Ray Bradbury) OM TR
- “”Nothing Happens on the Moon”” (Paul Ernst) TR
- “Trigger Tide” (Norman Menasco)
- “Plague” (Murray Leinster) OM TR
- “Winner Lose All” (Jack Vance)
- “Test Piece” (Eric Frank Russell) OM
- “Environment” (Chester S. Geier) AD
- “High Threshold” (Alan E. Nourse) TR
- “Spectator Sport” (John D. MacDonald) OM AD
- “Recruiting Station” (A. E. van Vogt) AD
- “A Stone and a Spear” (Raymond F. Jones) TR
- “What You Need” (Lewis Padgett (Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore))
- “The Choice” (Wayland Hilton-Young) AD
- “The War Against the Moon” (André Maurois)
- “Pleasant Dreams” (Ralph Robin) TR
- “Manners of the Age” (H. B. Fyfe) TR
- “The Weapon” (Fredric Brown) OM TR
- “The Scarlet Plague” (Jack London) TR
- “Heritage” (Robert Abernathy)
- “History Lesson” (Arthur C. Clarke) OM
- “Instinct” (Lester del Rey) OM
- “Counter Charm” (Peter Phillips)
The Secret Six by Robert Hogan, The Complete Adventures of the stories from the pulps.
I need to score some skiffy collections. Preferably older stuff.
No doubt you can, if anyone can.
I don’t own THE SECRET 6 but I have the other three books. Love that Groff Conklin!
The Secret Six is in a stack because I started reading it. Otherwise it would be with the other pulp reprints. That shelf will come eventually.
The Dozois is great. I doubt he ever put out a bad anthology. The Conklin hit or miss. A lot of minor stories by good writers(Sturgeon, Knight) and a lot of creaky stuff from the 30’s (Kelley, Grey). The Secret 6 doesn’t interest me. Tried a Lee/Miller awhile ago but found the writing pretty mediocre.
At the time of it’s publication, that Conklin was praised. Looking back, some of the stories were not as good as what the authors wrote later. Still, it’s a real time capsule. The Lee/Miller books are an acquired taste, I think.
I looked into the Liaden Universe a bit. One interesting thing was that there is no correct order to read in. Are there continuing characters? I will look into these more.
If there’s a “right order” in the Liaden books, I have yet to find it.