Sunday, November 8, 2009

Isaac Asimov & Martin H Greenberg (Eds)' "Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 24 (1962)" (anthology): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of anthology titled Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 24 1962, edited by Isaac Asimov and Martin H GreenbergThis is #24 of a series of 25 anthologies by these editors. This book collects stories first published during the year 1962.

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 (13 stories, best first, unread last).

  1. [novelette] James White's "Christmas Treason" (A); F&SF, January 1962; humor: When little kids brought about global nuclear disarmament!
  2. [ss] Harry Harrison's "The Streets of Ashkelon" aka "An Alien Agony" (A); download; New Worlds Science Fiction, September 1962; religion: Religion creates sinners!
  3. [ss] Christopher Anvil's "Gadget vs Trend" (A); download; Analog, October 1962: Little Brother gets a weapon to fight the Big Brother.
  4. [novelette] Cordwainer Smith's "The Ballad of Lost C'Mell" (B); Galaxy, October 1962; politics: This society's underprivileged are fighting for civil liberties.

    It's been a while since I read it. I've a feeling US readers might see more here than I could see. Probably inspired by some episodes of US history - I'm not sure.
  5. [ss] J G Ballard's "The Insane Ones"; Amazing Stories, January 1962: Not read.
  6. [ss] R A Lafferty's "Seven-Day Terror"; If, March 1962: Not read.
  7. [novelette] Poul Anderson's "Kings Who Die"; If, March 1962: Not read.
  8. [ss] Fritz Leiber's "The Man Who Made Friends with Electricity"; F&SF, March 1962: Not read.
  9. [ss] Mark Clifton's "Hang Head, Vandal!"; Amazing Stories, April 1962: Not read.
  10. [novella] Theodore L Thomas' "The Weather Man"; Analog, June 1962: Not read.
  11. [ss] Mack Reynolds' "Earthlings Go Home!"; Rogue, August 1962: Not read.
  12. [novella] Theodore Sturgeon's "When You Care, When You Love"; F&SF, September 1962: Not read.
  13. [novelette] Gordon R Dickson's "Roofs of Silver"; F&SF, December 1962: Not read.

Fact sheet.

First published: 1992 (DAW).
Relevant entries have been added to the list of stories from John Campbell's Astounding/Analog.
Some of the bibliographical information here comes from ISFDB.
Legend: ss = short story.