Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Murray Leinster's "A Logic Named Joe" (collection, free): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of the collection titled A Logic Named Joe by Murray LeinsterA very good online collection with 3 short stories & 3 novels, plus an introduction to author by Barry N Malzberg. I've read each of the 3 shorts, I would rate each of them an A.

Table of contents (6 stories, best first, unread last).

  1. [ss] "A Logic Named Joe" (as by Will L Jenkins) (A); download text or MP3 (dramatized); Astounding, March 1946; humor: Exploits of a super-intelligent AI, but one without human ethics or morals.
  2. [ss] "Dear Charles" (A); download; Murray Leinster (Ed)'s "Twists in Time", Avon Books, 1960; humor: A young man's girlfriend is also his great-great-...-grandmother!
  3. [ss] "The Fourth-Dimensional Demonstrator" (A); download; Astounding, December 1935; humor: Very interesting implications of ability to pull a physical object from a different time into the present, & vice-versa.
  4. [novel] "Gateway to Elsewhere" (B); download; as a double novel by Ace Books, 1954; adventure, parallel universe: What if djinns actually existed!
  5. [novel] "The Duplicators" (A); download; as a double novel by Ace Books, 1964: Social implications of material duplication technology.
  6. [novel] "The Pirates of Zan" (A); download; Astounding, February/March/April 1959; space opera: A young man's struggle to up his social station.

Fact sheet.

First published: June 2005 (Baen Books).
Compiled by: Eric Flint.
Legend: ss = short story.