Thursday, March 8, 2012

Eric Frank Russell's "Somewhere a Voice" (collection): Annotated table of contents & review

Cover image of short story collection Somewhere a Voice by Eric Frank Russell
I've not read all stories yet. Will fill up entries as I read.

"Dear Devil" is one of the most loved stories of the genre.

ToC below is in order of my preference, best first. Where I have a separate post on a story, link on title goes there. Where I'm aware of an online copy of the story, I include the link. Links on publisher or year fetch more matching fiction.
  1. [novelette] "Dear Devil" (A); download scans as part of a larger package; Other Worlds, May 1950: Humanity rises from post-nuclear-war apocalypse - with some external help.
  2. [ss] "U-Turn" (as by Duncan H Munro) (B); Astounding, April 1950: State helps a bored man commit "suicide"...  
  3. [novelette] "I Am Nothing" (B); Astounding, July 1952: A ruthless dictator has a change of heart...
  4. [novella] "Somewhere a Voice" (B); Other Worlds, January 1953: Unsuccessful hike to rescue by the stranded.
  5. [ss] "Tieline" (as by Duncan H Munro) (B); Astounding, July 1955: A man alone on an entire planet that houses a space lighthouse is very lonely.
  6. [novelette] "Seat of Oblivion" (B); Astounding, November 1941: What's the best place to hide for a runaway death row convict? In another man's body! 
  7. [ss] "Displaced Person" (B); Weird Tales, September 1948; religion: Some revolutionaries aren't welcome anywhere.

Fact sheet.

First published: 1965.
Related: Stories of Eric Frank Russell.