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1954. Beachheads in Space. Edited by August Derleth
1979. The Hugo Winners: The Best of Science Fiction. Part I: 1970-1972. Edited by Isaac Asimov
1979. The Hugo Winners: The Best of Science Fiction. Part II: 1973. Edited by Isaac Asimov
1979. The Hugo Winners: The Best of Science Fiction. Part III: 1974-1975. Edited by Isaac Asimov
2000. The Mammoth Book of Best New SF: 13th Annual Collection
2007. The Mammoth Book of Best New SF 20th Annual (2007)
1980. Nebula Winners Thirteen. Edited by Samuel Delany
1979. The Science Fictional Solar System
1973. Science Fiction Hall of Fame (Ben Bova, Ed.). Volume Two
1973. Space 1: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories Chosen by Richard Davis
1983. Space Odyssey: An Anthology of Great Science Fiction Stories
1976. Strange Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction. Edited by Amabel Williams-Ellis and Michael Pearson

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Derleth, William. 'Beachheads in Space', published in 1954 in Great Britain by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, in hardback with dustjacket, 224pp, no ISBN. Condition: good, with good dj (although this is a little tatty in places and has some small rips on the edges). Price: £22.00, not including post and packing (which is Amazon UK's standard charge, currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Beachheads in Space [top]
    Edited by August William Derleth
    1st published in 1954 in Great Britain in hardback by Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 224pp, no ISBN

About this book: August Derleth's hair-raising anthology 'Beachheads in Space' contains seven Science Fiction stories:
1. Clifford D. Simak's 'Beachhead'
2. Lester Del Rey's 'The Years Draw Nigh'
3. Eric Frank Russell's 'Metamorphosite'
4. Isaac Asimov's '"Breeds There a Man...?"
5. John Wyndham's 'And the Walls Came Tumbling Down'
6. Donald Wandrei's 'The Blinding Shadows'
7. Clark Ashton Smith's 'The Metamorphosis of Earth'

The stories are based on the theme of invasion from another world, or counter-attack from Earth against the planets. In 'Metamorphosite', Harold, the sinister hostage of a distant civilization turns the tables on his captors and brings the great interplanetary empire crashing down on its foundations, to a horrible destruction. 'Beachhead' tells the tale of invasion from Earth and the macabre decay of the invaders under the implacable gaze of the planet's silent natives. 'Breeds There A Man' by Asimov tells the story of Ralson, a brilliant atomic physicist, who discovers the incredible nuclear incubation of the stars and, appalled by his discovery, tries in vain to commit suicide. 'The Metamorphosis of Earth' by Ashton Smith is a fabulous horror story of attack by the Venusians, not with space ships and atom bombs, but with disease, blood-sucking plants and human disintegration



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Asimov, Isaac. 'The Hugo Winners. The Best of Science Fiction 1970-1972. Published by Dennis Dobson, London in 1979, hardcover with dustjacket (price-clipped), 222 pages, ISBN 0234720700. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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About the series: In 1962, Isaac Asimov edited an anthology of Hugo winners - stories, that is, which had won the Hugo award (science fiction's answer to the 'oscar') named in honour of Hugo Gernsback, the founder of magazine SF. The awards are made annually, voted by those who attend the World Science Fiction Convention. The categories included in this Hugo winners' anthology are the novella and the short story, but Hugos are awarded for the year's best novel, best editor, best fanzine, best SF illustrator and so on. Such was the tremendous response in favour of this type of anthology that Asimov continued in his role of editor, and presents here the winners of 1970 - 1972.

Includes the stories:
1970, 28th Convention, Heidelberg:

Ship of Shadows by Fritz Leiber (won 1970)

1971: 29th Convention, Boston:
ILL met in Lankhmar by Fritz Leiber (won 1971)
Slow Sculpture by Theodore Sturgeon (won 1971)

1972: 30th Convention, Los Angeles:
The Queen of Air and Darkness by Poul Anderson
Inconstant Moon by Larry Niven
Includes Appendix of the Hugo Awards 1971-1972

Asimov, Isaac (Ed.) 'The Hugo Winners: The Best of Science Fiction: Volume Three, Part 2, 1973, 394pp, ISBN 0234720719. Very good, nice clean copy with very good dustjacket (price-clipped). Price: £8.00, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge (at the time of listing this is £2.75, more for overseas buyers)
1979, Dennis Dobson, hbk
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Includes the stories from the 1973, 31st Convention, Toronto:
The Word for World is Forest, by Ursula K. Le Guin
Goat Song by Poul Anderson
The Meeting by Frederik Pohl and C.M.Kornbluth
Eurema's Dam by R.A. Lafferty
Includes Appendix of the Hugo Awards 1973

Storylines:
The Word for World is Forest: Several centuries in the future, humans from Earth have established a logging colony and military base named "New Tahiti" on Athshe, a tree-covered planet whose small, green-furred, big-eyed inhabitants have formed a culture centered on something called lucid dreaming. Of course once visitors from Earth have landed on Athshe, nothing is ever quite the same again - think greed, domination, deforestations, slavery, and destruction...

Goat Song: In a future world humanity is dominated by a massive computer, SUM, which claims to record the soul, and which seemingly offers resurrection. A harper—who alone remembers songs of old is in pain - he mourns for the loss of his beloved, and can think of nothing but her resurrection. SUM so far has only used its power of resurrection to keep its human representative, the Dark Queen, eternally young. The harper confronts the Dark Queen on a lonely road during her yearly visit through the overworld. Appealing to her lingering humanity, she agrees to take the Harper before SUM. In SUM's dark, underground fortress it agrees to return the harper's love, if the harper will teach humanity to worship SUM as a god. But there is one condition: a test of loyalty. The Harper must walk all the way to the outside, but not once look back to see if his love is following. The harper agrees. On the long walk back he is beset by doubts, but manages to look straight ahead, until the last moment. He turns and sees his love for an instant before she is taken away, and he is cast outside SUM's fortress. The harper endures months of sheer pain and distress and begins to use his songs to work for SUM's destruction...

The Meeting: No synopsis at present

Eurema's Dam: No synopsis at present

Asimov, Isaac (Ed.). The Best of Science Fiction: The Hugo Winners 1974-1975. Volume Three: Part 3. Very good condition hardcover copy with dustjacket (price-clipped), 602pp. ISBN 0234720883. In stock, click to buy for GBP12.75, not including post and packing, (which is Amazon UK's standard charge of GBP2.80 for UK customers and more for overseas buyers)
1979, Dennis Dobson
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Includes the stories:
1974:32nd Convention, Washington:
The Girl Who Was Plugged in by James Tiptree Jr
The Deathbird by Harlan Ellison
The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas by Ursula K. Le Guin

1975:33rd Convention, Melbourne:
A Song for Lya by George R. R. Martin
Adrift Just Off the Islets of Langerhans: Lattitude 38 Degrees, 54' N, Longitude 77 Degrees 00' 13" W by Harlan Ellison
The Hole Man by Larry Niven
Includes Afterword
Appendix: The Hugo Awards 1971-1975

Dozois, Gardner. The Mammoth Book of Best New SF:13. Published in 2000 by Robinson, 682pp, ISBN 184119168X. Sorry, sold out! But click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon!
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Contents:
Collects together the best SF stories worldwide from the year 1999, including:

  1. The Wedding Album by David Marusek
  2. 10(to the power 16) to 1 by James Patrick Kelly
  3. Winemaster by Robert Reed
  4. Galactic North by Alastair Reynolds
  5. Dapple:A Hwarhath Historical Romance by Eleanor Arnason
  6. People Came From Earth by Stephen Baxter
  7. Green Tea by Richard Wadholm
  8. The Dragon of Pripyat by Karl Schroeder
  9. Written in Blood by Chris Lawson
  10. Hatching the Phoenix by Frederik Pohl
  11. Suicide Coast by M. John Harrison
  12. Hunting Mother by Sage Walker
  13. Mount Olympus by Ben Bova
  14. Border Guards by Greg Egan
  15. Scherzo with Tyrannosaur by Michael Swanwick
  16. A Hero of the Empire by Robert Silverberg
  17. 'How We Lost The Moon, A True Story by Frank W. Allen' by Paul J. McAuley
  18. Phallicide by Charles Sheffield
  19. Daddy's World by Walter Jon Williams
  20. A Martian Romance by Kim Stanley Robinson
  21. The Sky-Green Blues by Tanith Lee
  22. Exchange Rate by Hal Clement
  23. Everywhere by Geoff Ryman
  24. Hothouse Flowers by Mike Resnick
  25. Evermore by Sean Williams
  26. Of Scorned Women and Causal Loops by Robert Grossbach
  27. Son Observe the Time by Kage Baker

Honourable Mentions:1999

Dozois, Gardner. 'The Mammoth Book of Best New Science Fiction 20th Annual Collection' published in 2007 by Robinson in paperback, 723pp, ISBN 1845296629. Contains 28 brand new science fiction stories. Sorry, out of stock, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
2007, Robinson, pbk
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Contents:
1. I, Row-Boat by Cory Doctorow
2. Julian: A Christmas story by Robert Charles Wilson
3. Tin Marsh by Michael Swanwick
4. The Djinn's Wife by Ian McDonald
5. The House Beyond Your Sky by Benjamin Rosenbaum
6. Where the golden apples grow by Kage Barker
7. Kin by Bruce McAllister
8. Signal to Noise by Alastair Reynolds
9. The Big Ice by Jay Lake and Ruth Nestvold
10. Bow Shock by Gregory Benford
11. In the River by Justin Stanchfield
12. Incarnation day by Walter Jon Williams
13. Far as you can go by Greg Van Eckhout
14. Good Mountain by Robert Reed
15. I hold my father's paws by David D. Levine
16. Dead Men Walking by Paul J. McAuley
17. Home Movies by Mary Rosenblum
18. Damascus by Daryl Gregory
19. Life on the Preservation by Jack Skillingstead
20. Yellow Card Man by Paolo Bacigalupi
21. Riding the Crocodile by Greg Egan
22. The Ile of Dogges by Elizabeth Bear and Sarah Monette
23. The Highway Men by Ken MacLeod
24. The Pacific Mystery by Stephen Baxter
25. Okanoggan Falls by Carolyn Ives Gilman
26. Every Hole is Outlined by John Barnes
27. The Town on Blighted Sea by A.M. Dellamonica
28. Nightingale by Alastair Reynolds
Honorable Mentions: 2006


Delany, Samuel R. (Ed.) 'Nebula Winners Thirteen', published by Harper & Row, 1980, hardcover with dustjacket, 240pp, ISBN 006013786X. In stock, click to buy for GBP6.99, not including post and packing, which is Amazon UK's standard charge of GBP2.80 for UK customers and more for overseas buyers
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  • Nebula Winners Thirteen [top]
    Edited by Samuel R. Delany
    First published in 1980 in the US by Harper & Row in hardcover, 239pp. ISBN 006013786X. Jacket design by Robin Malkin. Original retail price when first published: $10.95

About this book: In this volume is a collection of exciting and eagerly awaited [in 1980, when published] science fiction stories, the thirteenth annual collection of them.
Sponsored by the Science Fiction Writers of America, Nebula Winners Thirteen offers a superb blend of stories, all of which won the praise of some of the toughest Sci-Fi critics around - the writers themselves.
The winning stories in this 13th collection are Harlan Ellison's fantasy about nostalgia "Jeffty is Five," which won the Nebula for Best Story award. It has a precision of observation that makes it more than just a simple cry for the good old days. It is not a request to retreat, but to preserve. Raccona Sheldon's extraordinarily effective horror tale "The Screwfly Solution," winner for Best Novelette; and the winner for Best Novella, Spider and Jeanne Robinson's unforgettable "Stardance."
Samuel R. Delany selected three further stories for this volume, all of which were runners-up: John Varley's tour de force "Air Raid", Edward Bryant's powerful "Particle Theory," and the beautifully wrought "Aztecs" by Vonda N. McIntyre, who went on to win a Nebula for her novel "Dreamsnake".

Contains:
Jeffty is Five by Harlan Ellison
Air Raid by John Varley
The Screwfly Solution by Raccoona Sheldon
Particle Theory by Edward Bryant
Stardance by Spider and Jeanne Robinson
Aztecs by Vonda N. McIntyre

Then the book lists the Nebula Winners from 1965-1977

Bova, Ben (ed.). 'The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume Two. The First of Two Volumes of the Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time', first published in 1973 in Great Britain by Victor Gollancz in hardback, 432pp, ISBN 057501735x. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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[from DJ flap]: The first volume in the Science Fiction Hall of Fame, published in 1971, contained the pick of all the sf short stories written prior to 1966, when the first Nebula Awards were made. Then the Science Fiction Writers of America turned their attention to selecting, in a similar way, the best novellas. From the original 76 recommended stories, the number was reduced on the final ballot to the 24 that had received the highest votes from the members of The Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA).

Of these, Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz; Ray Bradbury's The Fireman; E.M. Forster's The Machine Stops and H.G. Wells's The Time Machine were unavailable for this edition.

But there were still 20 stories, averaging 20,000 words each-far too many to put into one single volume. It was decided, in consultation with the editor, that the only way to deal with the problem was to publish in two volumes. This particular book therefore contains ten novellas; a subsequent volume contains the other ten and together they both represent a brilliant panorama of the evolutionary stages of modern science fiction. It is a marvellous concentration of talent which will provide many long hours of first-rate entertainment.

This volume includes these ten stories:
1) Call me Joe by Poul Anderson
2) Who Goes There? by John W. Campbell, Jr (as Don Stuart)
3) Nerves by Lester del Rey
4) Universe by Robert A. Heinlein
5) The Marching Morons by C. M. Kornbluth
6) Vintage Season by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore (as Lawrence O' Donnell)
7) And Then There Were None by Eric Frank Russell
8) The Ballad of Lost C'Mell by Cordwainer Smith
9) Baby is Three by Theodore Sturgeon
10) With Folded Hands by Jack Williamson

(The SFWA was founded in 1965 and has awarded achievement awards for the best sci-fi stories each year. These awards are called Nebulas and are chosen based on votes. In 1973, it numbered about 400 professional sci-fi writers in its ranks)

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Bova, Ben (Ed.). 'Science Fiction Hall of Fame. Volume Two. The First of Two Volumes of the Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time', published by Readers Union by arrangement with Gollancz in 1973, 422 pages, hardcover with dustjacket. Sorry, sold out, but click image to access prebuilt search for this particular volume on Amazon UK1973, Readers Union, hbk (book club edition)
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Asimov, Isaac; Greenberg, Martin H.; and Waugh, Charles G. 'The Science Fictional Solar System' published in 1980 by the Science Fiction Book Club (volume 2:3), 324pp, with dustjacket. Has some light tanning to internal pages (browning effect from ageing). Includes 13 stories covering all the important bodies of our solar system and each section is introduced by Isaac Asimov who sums up what is known about them now and what was known about them when the stories were written. Stories:The Weather on the Sun by Theodore L. Thomas; Brightside Crossing by Alan E. Nourse; Prospector's Special by Robert Sheckley; Waterclap by Isaac Asimov; Hop-Friend by Terry Carr; Barnacle Bull by Poul Anderson (writing as Winston P. Sanders); Bridge by James Blish; Saturn Rising by Arthur C. Clarke; The Snowbank Orbit by Fritz Leiber; One Sunday in Neptune by Alexei Panshin; Wait it Out by Larry Niven; Nikita Eisenhower Jones by Robert F. Young; The Comet, the Cairn and the Capsule by Duncan Lu... Sorry, out of stock, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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  • The Science Fictional Solar System [top]
    Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Charles G. Waugh
    First published in 1979 in the United States by Harper and Row
    First published in 1980 in Great Britain by Sidgwick & Jackson
    Reprinted in 1981 in Great Britain by The Science Fiction Book Club (Readers Union), 324 pages, Volume 2: Issue 3

Story:The book includes 13 stories covering all the important bodies of our solar system and each section is introduced by Isaac Asimov who sums up what is known about them now and what was known about them when the stories were written.

Includes:

  1. The Sun
    The Weather on the Sun by Theodore L. Thomas
  2. Mercury
    Brightside Crossing by Alan E. Nourse
  3. Venus
    Prospector's Special by Robert Sheckley
  4. Earth
    Waterclap by Isaac Asimov
  5. Mars
    Hop-Friend by Terry Carr
  6. Asteroids
    Barnacle Bull by Poul Anderson (writing as Winston P. Sanders)
  7. Jupiter
    Bridge by James Blish
  8. Saturn
    Saturn Rising by Arthur C. Clarke
  9. Uranus
    The Snowbank Orbit by Fritz Leiber
  10. Neptune
    One Sunday in Neptune by Alexei Panshin
  11. Pluto
    Wait it Out by Larry Niven
  12. Pluto
    Nikita Eisenhower Jones by Robert F. Young
  13. Comets
    The Comet, the Cairn and the Capsule by Duncan Lunan
    Notes about the authors
No author. 'Space Odyssey: an anthology of great science fiction stories', published by Octopus Books Limited in 1983 in hardcover, 354pp, ISBN 0706419634. Sorry, out of stock, but click image to access prebuilt search for this title on Amazon UK
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Includes the stories:
Harrison Bergeron by Kurt Vonnegut Jr
The Engine at Heartspring's Centre by Roger Zelazny
Twilight by John W. Campbell
Mysterious Doings in the Metropolitan Museum by Fritz Leiber
The Crystal Egg by H.G Wells
The Gioconda of the Twlight Noon by J.G. Ballard
The Tunnel Under the World by Frederik Pohl
The Coffin Cure by Alan E. Nourse
Castaway by Arthur C. Clarke
The Lost Machine by John Wyndham
'-And He Built A Crooked House-' by Robert A. Heinlein
The Third Expedition by Ray Bradbury
The Day Before Revolution by Ursula K. Le Guin
The Insect Tapes by Michael Scott Rohan
Carrier by Robert Sheckley
Descending by Thomas M. Disch
Abreaction by Theodore Sturgeon
Vault of the Beast by A. E. Van Vogt
Eurema's Dam by R. A. Lafferty
Ghetto by Poul Anderson
Is Your Child Using Drugs? Seven Ways To Recognize a Drug Addict by Rachel Pollack
The Ninth Symphony of Ludwig Van Beethoven and Other Lost Songs by Carter Scholz
The Electric Ant by Philip K. Dick
'Arena' by Fredric Brown
The Man Who Came Back by Robert Silverberg
Acknowledgements

Davis, Richard (Ed.) 'Space 1: A Collection of Science Fiction Stories Chosen by Richard Davis', published in 1976 (reprint) in hardcover by Abelard (London), 156pp, ISBN 020071967X. Very good condition copy with very good dustjacket. Price: £3.55, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard charge, currently £2.80 for UK buyers and more for overseas customers
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About this book: An anthology should be like a jigsaw puzzle - each piece, although it is of a different shape, size or colour should interlock with another pieces to produce an attactive overall effect. In Space 1, the editor, Richard Davis, has carefully selected and matched the various pieces, and the result is a collection of science fiction stories that will delight, amuse and occasionally frighten. Most of all, it will cause you to wonder.

James Hamilton-Paterson's "Teddysaurus", Gerald W. Page's "Mercyship" and James Blish's "No Jokes on Mars" take us to the planets and beyond, to worlds of weird animals and to the dangers of Deep Space. Michael Moorcock, E. C. Tubb, James White and Clifford Simak bring us down to Earth again with tales just as strange; and although Elizabeth Fancett's "Museum Piece" may concern this planet, reading it will make you think again! Enjoy your journeys!

Includes the stories:
The Teddysaurus by James Hamilton-Paterson
The Mercyship by Gerald W. Page
Mistaken Identity by E.C. Tubb
Christmas Treason by James White
Environment Problem by Michael Moorcock
Museum Piece by Elizabeth Fancett
Neighbour by Clifford Simak
No Jokes on Mars by James BlishNotes:
"Christmas Treason" was first published in the 1962 Fantasy and Science Fiction
"Mistaken Identity" was first published in Science Fantasy No. 20
"Neighbour" appeared in "Best Science Fiction Stories of Clifford Simak"
"No Jokes on Mars" appeared in "Anywhen", stories by James Blish
Both were published by Faber & Faber

About Richard Davis:
The editor of this volume is not stranger to the realm of science fiction having been interested in it from an early age, sitting alongside his passion for ghost stories. It gave him a wide knowledge of SF stories and their authors. As both a contributor and editor, he had been involved in the publication of twelve volumes of short stories up to the year in which this volume was published (1973); he had also finished the script of a horror film. The BBC employed him as story editor for the BBC's "Late Night Horror" series and also Assistant Script Editor for the "Out of the Unknown" Sci-Fi series

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Williams-Ellis, Amabel; Pearson, Michael. 'Strange Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction', published in 1976 by Blackie & Son, 192pp, ISBN 0216899842.Very good condition UK 1st Edition, well looked-after with very good dustjacket (not price-clipped). Even contains its original receipt. Stories included: The International Smile by Brian Aldiss; Killdozer by Theodore Sturgeon; Report on Planet Three by Arthur C. Clarke; The Eye of the Beholder by Lucy Rees; Romance in a Twenty-First-Century Used-Car Lot by Robert F. Young; Gadget v. Trend by Christopher Anvil; and The Great Automatic Grammatizator by Roald Dahl. Price: £2.85, not including p&p, which is Amazon's standard price (currently £2.80 for UK buyers, more for overseas customers)
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  • Strange Orbits: An Anthology of Science Fiction [top]
    Edited by Amabel Williams-Ellis & Michael Pearson
    First published in 1976 in the United Kingdom by Blackie & Son Ltd, Bishopbriggs, Glasgow, G64 2NZ/450-452 Edgware Road London, W2 1EG.
    Published in hardcover with colour dustjacket illustration by Chris Wood featuring a picture of a bulldozer apparently confronting a digger during an electrical storm, 192 pages, ISBN 0216899842
    Blackie also published Strange Universe in this series of SciFi anthologies

About this book: The stories in this collection demonstrate the limitless invention of the best classic science fiction: a cliff-hanging action story from Theodore Sturgeon, a startling document from the Martian archives found for us by Arthur C. Clarke; Roald Dahl's disturbing tale of a machine that threatens to make Shakespeare (not to mention science fiction) obsolete, and other tales that are either beyond our wildest imaginings or a bit too plausible for comfort. Alien presences, unknown quantities, mysterious forces that we have come to expect in tales of interstellar travel appear here in less predictable places: in the drawing room of a prominent political figure, in the cluttered workshop of an obscure inventor, or even inside the chromium glitter of a used-car showroom

Contents:

  1. The International Smile by Brian Aldiss
  2. Killdozer by Theodore Sturgeon
  3. Report on Planet Three by Arthur C. Clarke
  4. The Eye of the Beholder by Lucy Rees
  5. Romance in a Twenty-First-Century Used-Car Lot by Robert F. Young
  6. Gadget v. Trend by Christopher Anvil
  7. The Great Automatic Grammatizator by Roald Dahl

Further Notes:
Lucy Rees' story 'The Eye of the Beholder' was written specially for this collection and the theme is a warning against jumping to conclusions, especially when a section of alien biology is about to be unravelled. Lucy Rees is herself a biologist and is fascinated with the bizarre forms that living beings can take

 



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