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Analog 6 Hardcover – 1968
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Doubleday, 1968. Hardcover with dustjacket, 1st edition. Collects 14 stories that first appeared in Analog magazine in 1966. Authors include Keith Laumer, Vernor Vinge, Gordon R. Dickson, Harry harrison, Bob Shaw and others. NOTE: there was also a similar Book Club edition of this book.
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For me, only one story really stands out, Bob Shaw's well-known "Light of Other Days", but a number of the others are very readable, and there are no real "duds".
I do not know enough about science fiction to give detailed comments. I’m also concerned that in the detail I might give away too much of the storylines. My main motivation for reviewing is to give an easily accessible list of contents to those browsing through anthologies on Amazon.
Here is a list of the contents together with a brief scene setting comment or quote (definitely not plot spoiling):
(1) “ Prototaph” by Keith Laumer
The frustration of trying to take out a life insurance policy, when the computer keeps saying “No”.
(2) “Bookworm, Run” by Vernor Vinge
Norman Simmons is the centre of a top-secret research project, but he’s decided to escape.
(3) “ The Easy Way Out” by Lee Correy (Pseudonym of G. Harry Stine)
Second line: “The alien ship skittered into the Earth’s atmosphere in an easterly direction and landed surreptitiously about midnight in the Rocky Mountains of North America.” The aliens are cautious: their previous probe ship did not return.
(4) “ Giant Meteor Impact” by J.E.Enever
Scientific discussion of the evidence that very large meteorites have hit Earth in the past, and the effect of such an impact today. Non-fiction article.
(5) “ Early Warning” by Robin S. Scott (Pseudonym of Robin Scott Wilson)
First lines: “Lee Coulson was a big man, big in the chest and long legged, and it was difficult for him to squeeze his bulk into the narrow space under the green ducter.” Clearly Lee is up to something…
(6) “Call him Lord” by Gordon R. Dickson
First lines: “ The sun could not fail in rising over the Kentucky hills, nor could Kyle Arnam in waking. There would be eleven hours and forty minutes of daylight. Kyle rose, dressed, and went out to saddle the gray gelding and the white stallion.” Kyle is due to act as bodyguard for three days for the eldest son of the Emperor.
(7) “CWACC strikes again” by Hank Dempsey (Pseudonym of Harry Harrison).
CWACC stands for Committee for Welfare Administration and Consumer Control and is prepared to invest significantly in the more unusual schemes of “cracked as Humpty Dumpty” inventors.
8) “Stranglehold” by Christopher Anvil (Pseudonym of Harry C Crosby Jr)
Interstellar Patrol story. Second paragraph: “From the nearby communicator came a recorded voice: “Don’t land. Keep off this planet. For everybody’s sake as well as your own. Stay away.”
(9) “The Message” by Piers Anthony and Frances Hall
The first aliens to encounter the human race have landed at the colony at Tau Ceti. At first all seemed to go well, but now there is some anxiety as to their true motivation. Dr Manuel Ramirez has become the expert on the Thargan language and is sent urgently to Tau Ceti.
(10) “Light of Other Days” by Bob Shaw
Classic story. Stressed-out couple stop spontaneously in the Scottish Highlands to check the prices of “slow glass”.
(11) “Something to Say” by John Berryman
Carina VI has been identified as having an intelligent population. The Federation intends to make contact following due careful procedure, but the competing blocs on Earth are seeking to get ahead of each other in this process.
(12) “Letter from a Higher Critic” by Stewart Robb
Six page letter dated 05.05.2415 challenging twentieth century history as fictional.
(13) “Not a Prison Make” by Joseph P. Martino
Interesting account of the guerrilla war waged by the humanoid Kanthu of the planet Kanth against the Terran military base.
(14) “10.01 A.M.” by Alexander B. Malec
At 10.01a.m. Poxie and Slick hit something that looked like a rag doll, then headed back into the high speed lane. This incident was noted by the roadway sensors.