I have been on a short story kick as of late! Three of the following volumes are short story collections (two anthologies). I want to complete the Orbit series, ed. Damon Knight….
And, well, I have a soft spot for Philip José Farmer’s 50s/60s SF after Strange Relations (1960).
- Orbit 12, ed. Damon Knight (1973)
(Paul Lehr’s cover for the 1973 edition)
From the back cover: “Nebula and Hugo winner Brian W. Aldiss begins a new series of stories, entirely different from anything he has written before, about the golden land of Malacia. The first four stories, complete in this volume, are: “Serpent Burning on an Altar,” “Woman in Sunlight with Mandoline,” “The Young Soldier’s Hroroscope,” and “Mastle Scene with Penitents.” In “Shark” and “Burger Creature,” Edward Bryant and Steve Chapman have invented two suprising and very different monsters; and Mel Gilden, author of “What About Grils?” gives us another intimate glimpse of the tentacled-and-pseudopod set in “What’s the Matter with Herbie?”
Also included are stories by Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Bishop, Kate Wilhelm, Vonda N. McIntyre, Steve Chapman, Doris Piserchia, and Gene Wolfe.”
2. The Alley God, Philip José Farmer (1962)
(Richard Powers’ cover for the 1962 edition)
From the back cover: “There is no classifying PHILIP JOSÉ FARMER… He has moved with equal ease from the rollicking adventures of “The Green Odyssey” to the weird ingenuity of “Strange Relations” to the sensitive pungency of “The Lovers.”
Now, in the three novelets [sic] that comprise THE ALLEY GOD, he combines something of each of these qualities, using as central themes the universal concept of worship and the taboos that surround the human reproductive process.
Some people have, in the past, been shocked by the human frankness of Farmer’s writing—but then, human experience is itself frequently shocking, and Farmer’s stories are of the very essence of human experience. No matter how wild the setting nor how imaginative the circumstances, reality—-human reality—is the motive power behind the foibles exposed, the shibboleths exploded the secret dreams realised.”
3. Anticipations, ed. Christopher Priest (1978)
(Dave Griffiths’ cover for the 1978 edition)
From the inside flap: “Anticipations is a collection of stories, all new and most written especially for it, by some of the best science fiction writers of our day. Collected and introduced by Christopher Priest, himself one of science fiction’s major talents, the stories are as diverse and original as the writers themselves. From Robert Sheckley’s wry paranoia about voyeurism to Ian Watson’s metaphysucal vision of an exceedingly slothful time machine, from J. F. [sic] Ballard’s haunting obsession with the artifacts of the Second Wold War to Brian W. Aldiss’s elegant philosophical discourse, the stories display a dazzling range of subject and style. Bob Shaw, Thomas M. Disch, Harry Harrison, and Christopher Priest are all at top form.”
4. After Doomsday, Poul Anderson (1962)
(David Egge’s cover for the 1986 edition)
From the back cover: “EARTH HAS BEEN DESTROYED. Which alien race had committed genocide, killing a planet in the process?
THE KANDEMIR were interested in salvage rights.
THE XO had provided two Earth nations with weapons that could do the job.
THE VORLAKm an essentially peaceful race, nevertheless had made a firm treaty with the Russians.
The only surviving humans were the astronauts aboard the spaceships Benjamin Franklin and Europa. Men and women together, they would re-establosh mankind—but first they must unmask their enemies and defeat them.