Carl V. Anderson over at Stainless Steel Droppings often picks up books for me when he peruses the used book stores in his region (I pay for them of course! haha). Thanks again! Over the next few months or so I’ll be posting a range of the ones he acquired for me—three of the four here.
I always want more Kate Wilhelm….
Poul Anderson’s invented world “shared” by other SF authors…
A collection (masquerading as a fix-up novel?) by Barry B. Longyear—whose work I have never read…
And Rick Raphael’s most well known work—another “new” author…
1. The Clone, Theodore L. Thomas and Kate Wilhelm (1965)
(Hoot von Zitzewitz’s cover for the 1965 edition)
From the back cover: “One night, beneath the streets of the city, four ingredients found their way into the same collector box in the underground sewer system. There these ingredients—muriatic acid; trisodium phosphate; a bit of meat; a fleck of silica gel—combined in a warm, seething liquid and gave birth to a hideous, destructive force: the clone…
A microscopic mass at first, the clone grew rapidly, feeding on the nutrients in the swer, converting everything it touched into its own pulsing tissue. It spread in all directions, filling the pipes beneath the sleeping metropolis. Then seeking more food, the deadly green tissue reached upward and entered the unsuspecting city…
It moved through houses and stores and spread into the streets, absorbing all that lay in its path. Nothing could stop it…
2. A World Named Cleopatra, ed. Roger Elwood (1977)
( Stanislaw Zagorski’s cover for the 1977 edition)
From the back cover: “Location: In Ursa Major, 398 light-years from Sol… Size: 0.78 Earth radii… Atmosphere: Terrestroid… Biology: Mesozoic… Suitability for human colonization: Excellent.
From deep in space it beckoned, a new “New World” for earthmen and earthwomen fleeing their poisoned planet. A world of gently rolling seas and unetterably beautiful sunsets. A world teeming with exotic life forms, and wracked by sudden storms and quakes more violent than anything known on Earth. A world so lovely, so fascinating and dangerous in its thousand looks and moods, that it could only be named—CLEOPATRA.
Poul Anderson has brought Cleopatra alive with all the daring imagination and vivid detail that won him five Hugo Awards and two Nebula Awards. In this unique “anthological novel,” he and three other distinguished writers chronicle the sometimes inspiring, sometimes shattering human history of that unforgettable planet.
FICTION BY: Poul Anderson, Jack Dann, Michael Orgill, George Zebrowski.”
3. Manifest Destiny, Barry B. Longyear (1980)
(Tim White’s cover for the 1982 edition)
From the back cover: “‘The universe is now available for exploration and discovery. A Universe of exotic planets and awesome civilisations, where unlimited power awaits those races aggressive enough to grab it. And where a destiny far higher awaits those mature enough to see it. Earth, the choice is yours.’
This saga of mankind’s highest adventure on the frontier of the far future from one of science fiction’s most exciting young writers, Barry B. Longyear, includes his award-winning novella, ‘Enemy Mine.'”
4. Code Three, Rick Raphael (1967) (MY REVIEW)
(Jerome Podwil’s cover for the 1967 edition)
From the back cover: “TIME: the distant future. It is the Age of the North American Continental Thurway System—the vast high-way with half-mile-wide lanes—which extends from Alaska to the southern tip of Mexico. Controlling this huge network are the NorCon patrol cars, outfitted for every roadside contingency, with miniature hospitals, machine shops, living quarters and jails. Cruising at 600-miles speeds across ten-state areas, NorCon cars monitor a strange world of civilian cars almost as powerful as their own. CODE THREE is about the gripping exploits of one particular NorCon crea—plunged into adventure after adventure, so exciting and unusual that you won’t be able to put down this engrossing novel until the very last page.”