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Anthonology Hardcover – March, 1985
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Collection with lots of material between each story about Anthony and his trials and tribulations in the sf field. Stories: Possible to Rue; The Toaster; Quinquepedalian; Encounter; Phog; The Ghost Galaxies; Within the Cloud; The Life of the Stripe; In the Jaws of Danger; Beak by Beak; Getting Through University; In the Barn; Up Schist Creek; The Whole Truth; The Bridge; On the Uses of Torture; Small Mouth, Bad Taste; Wood You? Hard Sell; Hurdle; Gone to the Dogs.
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Of course, there is no law that says an author is obligated to sing praises of editors. But it seems to me that if you are going to take the critical tack, you must show a respectable number of quality tales that belie the short-sighted judgement of those editors. Of the twenty-one stories in this collection, three ("Phog," "Quinquipedalian," and "Getting Through University") are good entertainment and four ("In the Barn," "Up Schist Creek," "The Bridge," and "On the Uses of Pain") are reasonably clever taboo breakers. The other fourteen are at best minor fare, readily forgettable; and several ("Possible to Rue," "The Toaster," "Wood You?," and "Within the Cloud") are awesomely bad.
I cannot say that you won't find any stories of value in this collection. And there is some interest in taking a look at some of Anthony's early pieces. But I can't recommend this collection with a great deal of enthusiasm. It needed either better stories or a bit more humility. It doesn't have enough of either.