On twitter [my account here — please follow! I post interesting things!] I posed the following question:
Which SF author—for the purposes of this site’s focus, an author starting pre-1980—deserves a new (or reprint) single author collection?
GUIDELINES (please read): Said author cannot have a single author collection published within the last 10 years (you can fudge this a bit). It also should be noted that many eBooks aren’t available in the United States (SF Gateway for example). If the recent eBook edition isn’t available in the US, I guess the author fits the bill (*cough* — John Sladek).
Note: If you are thinking about doing some checking before you make your choice (see guidelines) I recommend using isfdb.org as it has mostly up to date publication histories for all but self-published authors.
My vote: Miriam Allen deFord (active from — SF Encyclopedia LINK
Published collections: Xenogenesis (1969) and Elsewhere, Elsewhen, Elsehow (1971)
Reason: Miriam Allen deFord (1888-1975) was one of the major voices in SF magazines from 1946 – 1978. She never made the transition to novels and thus might have lost some readership as a result. The stories in Xenogenesis (1969) shows an often radical voice right from her first story in 1946. Although they might not be as polished as some of her more famous contemporaries, deFord’s visions deserve to be read and considered in the history of SF magazines. Many of them have an anthropological and/or social SF bent—“The Ajeri Diary” (1968), “Gathi” (1958), “Featherbed on Chlyntha” (1957), etc.—and are often satirical in purpose.
A handful of other deserving authors that come to mind that fit the criteria: Joanna Russ, Vonda N. McIntyre, William Tenn (although he had an omnibus collection published in 2001), Katherine MacLean, John Sladek (recent Gateway eBook isn’t available in the US), Kate Wilhelm, Pamela Zoline, etc…. There are probably many more. One of these might be your choice!
I’d love to hear your thoughts! Make sure to explain your answers and check the publication listings.