Having finished two collections the previous week, I read a novel and then shifted to these for a change of pace. I finished Renegade Swords, a sword-and-sorcery anthology, then got back to the huge Thinking Machine collection, which I’ve been nibbling away on for a long time. I read three more stories this past week which brings me to the halfway point. The third book is a collection of science fiction by E. C. Tubb, who some think is one of the better SF writers in short form.
“People of the Dragon” by Lin Carter from Renegade Swords
“Pillars of Hell” by Lin Carter from Renegade Swords
“The Rune-Sword of Jotunheim” by Glenn Rahman and Richard Tierney from Renegade Swords
“The Princess of Chaos” by Bryce Walton from Renegade Swords
note: Renegade Swords isn’t bad, but is probably best for the dedicated s&s fan.
“Problem of the Interrupted Wireless” from The Thinking Machine – the ship’s radio operator is murdered, but what is the motive?
“The Mystery of the Golden Dagger” from The Thinking Machine – a novelette about a young woman’s murder in a locked, deserted house.
The Problem of the Knotted Cord” from The Thinking Machine – a blind man’s granddaughter is strangled.
“Fallen Angel” by E. C. Tubb from The Best of E. C. Tubb – a robot story
“Death-wish” by E. C. Tubb from The Best of E. C. Tubb – massive interstellar fleets fight a seemingly unwinable war in space
note: I may need to skip my short story post next week as I’m trying to read a couple of novels, so don’t be surprised.