Saturday, September 12, 2009

Isaac Asimov & Martin H Greenberg (Eds)' "Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 5 (1943)" (anthology): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of anthology titled Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 5 1943, edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H GreenbergThis is #5 of a series of 25 anthologies by these editors. This book collects stories first published during the year 1943.

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 (12 stories, best first, unread last).

  1. [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A); download HTML, or read online at scribd; Astounding, February 1943; generation gap: Cognitive processes impossible to adults can be taught to very young kids.
  2. [novelette] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Proud Robot" (as by Lewis Padgett) (A); Astounding, October 1943; humor: Hilarious story about a robot in love with itself. Touches on some contemporary themes - video use in a way that annoys content owners, DRM (yes - in a 1943 story! - but in a manner technologically irrelevant to current times), & frivolous patents.
  3. [novelette] Fredric Brown's "Daymare" (A); Thrilling Wonder Stories, Fall 1943; murder mystery: Two murders in town - both of the same man! And both in impossible circumstances. Solving them uncovers a bigger conspiracy.
  4. [novelette] Eric Frank Russell's "Symbiotica" (B); Astounding, October 1943: Travails of inadvertently nasty human adventurers on an alien planet where animal & plant life-forms live in a much closer symbiosis than on earth, & where plants can be very nasty once provoked.
  5. [novelette] A E van Vogt's "The Storm" (B); download; Astounding, October 1943; space opera: Long drawn human/robot wars now show promise to end amicably.
  6. [novella] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Clash by Night" (as by Lawrence O'Donnell) (B); read online (no download); Astounding, March 1943; war: Description of a war in a society where countries don't keep militaries, but hire the services of independent military companies for both attack & defense! Set on Venus.
  7. [ss] Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Iron Standard" (as by Lewis Padgett) (B); Astounding, December 1943: When "man hour standard" replaced "gold standard" for currency valuations.
  8. [ss] Edmond Hamilton's "Exile" (B); Super Science Stories, May 1943: When a science fiction writer had to live in the world he had imagined in a story!
  9. [novelette] P Schuyler Miller's "The Cave"; Astounding, January 1943: Not read.
  10. [novelette] Leigh Brackett's "The Halfling"; Astonishing Stories, February 1943: Not read.
  11. [ss] Anthony Boucher's "Q.U.R."; Astounding, March 1943: Not read.
  12. [ss] C L Moore's "Doorway into Time"; Famous Fantastic Mysteries, September 1943: Not read.

Fact sheet.

First published: 1981 (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.