I have a substantial backlog of purchases from my “productive” book hunting Spring Break in Texas….
I’ve read Alfred Bester’s The Demolished Man (1952), which I loved, and The Stars My Destination (1956), which I mostly enjoyed, however I’ve rarely seen his short story collections in used book stores. I snatched up the gorgeous covered The Dark Side of the Earth (1956). I suspect Bester is even better at short stories than his novel length works….
The Time of the Great Freeze (1964) is considered one of Robert Silverberg’s best pulp works. On indirect advise of my friend Michael Dalke at Potpourri of Science Fiction Literature, I’ve procured more of Gordon R. Dickson’s short works… Thankfully, he hasn’t reviewed the collection The Star Road (1973) yet (I think) — we have a “rivalry.” Haha.
I’ve already reviewed the short story collection edited by Donald Wollheim, The End of the World (1956) (MY REVIEW), and highly recommend it. A few of the stories are duds but two are in my top 5 short work list. Philip K. Dick’s ‘Impostor’ (1953) alone is reason enough to track down the volume.
1. The Dark Side of the Earth (1964), Alfred Bester (MY REVIEW)
(Uncredited cover for the 1964 edition)
2. The Star Road (1973), Gordon R. Dickson
(Eddie Jones’ cover for the 1974 edition)
3. Time of the Great Freeze (1964), Robert Silverberg (MY REVIEW)
(Schaare’s cover for the 1966 edition)
4. The End of the World (1956), ed. Donald Wollheim (MY REVIEW)
(Ed Emshwiller’s? cover for the 1956 edition)