1. Frederik Pohl short stories? I’ve collected volumes and volumes and volumes for years—I suspect I should get around to reading one!
An effective Dean Ellis cover….
2. I acquired the second volume in Michael Moorcock’s Dancers at the End of Time sequence at my local used bookstore down the street. I read An Alien Heat (1972) in 2016.
3. A few days ago I reviewed John Morressy’s wonderful Frostworld and Dreamfire (1977) — I was intrigued enough that I tracked down another volume in the Del Whitby sequence—Under a Calculating Star (1975). I’ll have a review up in the next few days.
4. The second Murray Leinster Med Service collection I’ve acquired–as a huge fan of medical-themed SF…. I should put together a list.
Do you have a favorite cover?
As always, I look forward to your comments!
(Dean Ellis’ cover for the 1969 edition)
From the inside page: “In any account of the best in contemporary science fiction, both in America and abroad, the name of Frederik Pohl must figure prominently. As solo author, collaborator, and creative editor, he has achieved a body of work which has aroused admiration wherever it has been read. Since he is still a young man (36), the future looks bright for this chronicler of the future.
Here is the book for which many readers have been waiting, a collection of his best short stories. In it you will find such gems as “Let the Ants try,” a chilling horror story: “The Tunnel Under the World,” a robot story with startling difference: and “Target One,” an ironic and moving narrative of time travel. And a number of others.
Especially for this volume, Mr. Pohl has written “Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus.” Never published before, this gentle but stinging story of the coming distortion of Christmas is going to be long remembered and widely discussed.”
Contents: “Happy Birthday, Dear Jesus” (1956) “The Ghost-Maker” (1954), “Let the Ants Try” (1949), “Pythias” (1955), “The Mapmakers” (1955), “Rafferty’s Reasons” (1955), “Target One” (1955), “Grandy Devil” (1955), “The Tunnel Under the World” (1955), “What to Do Until the Analyst Comes” (variant title: Everybody’s Happy But Me!) (1956)
2. The Hollow Lands, Michael Moorcock (1974)
(Mark Rubin;s cover for the 1974 edition)
From the inside flap: “In which we find Jherek Carnelian, one of the small population of hedonistic immortals remaining on earth at the end of time, still obsessively in love with Mrs. Amelia Underwood, a reluctant time traveler from Victorian England. After narrowing escaping death in nineteenth-century London, Jherel again is separated from his love by several millenniums. And so he begins a new, headlong campaign–seesawing through space and time regardless of risk and consequence–to reunite himself with Mrs. UNderwood.
This is volume II in a trilogy, The Dancers at the End of Time, of which An Alien Heat was the first. It is full of astounding antics and incredible character. Another outstanding book by one of the most esteemed and prolific writers of science fiction.”
3. Under a Calculating Star, John Morressy (1975) (MY REVIEW)
(John Cayea’s cover for the 1975 edition)
From the inside flap: “On a planet quarantined since the earliest days of starfaring stands the ruin of a titantic citadel. Built by unknown hands in a forgotten past, the citadel is a labyrinth of death traps for those who seek its fantastic wealth.
To this forbidden world comes Kian Jorry, a twenty-seventh-century freebooter, and his crew of eight. Each one is a specialist, willing to pit personal courage and skill against possible death. The risk is great, but the prize is fabulous.
The youngest member of Jorry’s crew is Axxal, a Quespodon. His shipmates respect Axxal’s strength, but consider him and his people little more than beasts of burden for the more advanced races of the galaxy. Quespodons have been oppressed and exploited since first encounter. Axxal is to be no exception.
UNDER A CALCULATING STAR follows these two very different men to their individual destinies. Jorry, the ultimate pirate, loyal to no one but himself, seeks at last to steal another man’s name and kingdom. Axxal reaches for recognition and power, first for himself and then for his downtrodden people. Both ways prove difficult and dangerous. Amid scenes of violent action and haunting terror, Axxal and Jorry confront timeless questions of right and wrong, loyalty and sacrifice under the remote stars of the far future.”
4. Doctor to the Stars, Murray Leinster (1964)
(John Schoenherr’s cover for the edition)
From the back cover: “In these three exploits of the Interstellar Medical Service, Murray Leinster carries on the adventures of his most popular characters–Calhoun of the IMS and Murgatroyd, the walking laboratory.
Contents: “The Grandfathers’ War” (1957), “Med Ship Man” (1963), “Tallien Three” (1963)