Isaac Asimov & Martin H Greenberg (Eds)' "Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 19 (1957)" (anthology): Annotated table of contents & review
This is #19 of a series of 25 anthologies by these editors. This book collects stories first published during the year 1957.
Where I'm aware of online copies, I provide download links. My rating is in brackets. Where I've a separate post on a the story, link on story title goes there. Link on author or publisher yields more of stories from the source.
Table of contents (15 stories, best first, unread last).Among the 7 stories I've read so far, first 3 are very good. And "The Cage" has a cool idea near end.
- [novelette] Poul Anderson's "Call Me Joe" (A); download audio or comic book adaptation; Astounding, April 1957: Human operator (via directly linked mind-to-mind interface) of an artificial animal adapted to live on Jupiter's "surface" becomes one with him, & would rather live in that healthy body on Jupiter rather than in his own withered human body.
- [novelette] H Beam Piper's "Omnilingual" (A); download text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, or Feedbooks, or audio from LibriVox; Astounding, February 1957: A universal rosetta stone to decode the writings of a long dead civilization known to be at about our level of technological ability.
- [ss] C M Kornbluth's "The Education of Tigress McCardle" (A); Venture Science Fiction, July 1957; humor: An unusual population control program!
- [ss] Isaac Asimov's "Strikebreaker" aka "Male Strikebreaker"; Science Fiction Stories, January 1957: I'd read a long time back. Not sure, but I think it's something about a society treating sanitary workers as untouchables, who've a gone on a strike. A visitor breaks the strike by either talking to untouchables or doing their work, & himself becomes untouchable by doing this act.
- [ss] A Bertram Chandler's "The Cage" (A); F&SF, June 1957: A shorter version of Pierre Boulle's "Planet of the Apes".
The Crotchety Old Fan gives a hint on how to find the audio of an (unofficial) radio adaptation of this story online.
- [ss] Brian W Aldiss' "Let's Be Frank" (B); download; Science-Fantasy, #23 (June 1957): How humanity became a hive intelligence.
- [ss] C M Kornbluth's The Last Man Left in the Bar (C); Infinity Science Fiction, October 1957: Trivia in a bar.
- [ss] Kate Wilhelm's "The Mile-Long Spaceship"; Astounding, April 1957: Not read.
- [ss] Theodore R Cogswell's "You Know Willie"; F&SF, May 1957: Not read.
- [ss] Carol Emshwiller's "Hunting Machine"; Science Fiction Stories, May 1957: Not read.
- [ss] Robert Silverberg's "World of a Thousand Colors"; Super-Science Fiction, June 1957: Not read.
- [novella] Lloyd Biggle, Jr's "The Tunesmith"; If, August 1957: Not read.
- [ss] Isaac Asimov's "A Loint of Paw"; F&SF, August 1957: Not read.
- [ss] Rog Phillips' "Game Preserve"; If, October 1957: Not read.
- [novelette] Harlan Ellison's "Soldier" aka "Soldier from Tomorrow"; Fantastic Universe, October 1957: Not read.
Fact sheet.First published: 1989 (DAW).
Relevant entries have been added to the list of stories from John Campbell's Astounding.
Some of the bibliographical information here comes from ISFDB.
Legend: ss = short story.