Monday, April 18, 2011

Jack Williamson; Robert Colby

Ed here: Haffner Press continues to produce some of the most beautiful books I've ever seen. If you've seen any of its Jack Williamson collections (this is the final one in the series) you know how rich they are not only in artwork and the art of making books but in bringing back classic material in a permanent form. If you love science fiction you'll love these books. Jack Williamson was always one of my favorite writers so this is a special treat.

At the Human Limit,
The Collected Stories of Jack Williamson,
Volume Eight
Jack Williamson
Foreword by Connie Willis
Cover art by Ralph McQuarrie
ISBN 9781893887510
616-page Hardcover

Full Color Endpapers

The ambitious program to collect the short fiction of Grand Master Jack Williamson concludes!

As with previous volumes in this series, the full-color endpapers reproduce the original magazine covers (with artwork by masters including Virgil Finlay, Jim Burns, Luis Royo and Vincent Di Fate) of the stories herein, and the binding is designed to match the 1940s editions of Williamson's works published by Fantasy Press. The book is smythe-sewn, bound in full cloth, and printed on acid-neutral paper, with full-color endpapers reproducing each story's original cover art.

With a foreword by award-winning author and long-time friend of Williamson, Connie Willis, At the Human Limit represents the changing state of mid-20th Century American Science Fiction and concludes the documentation of Williamson's unparalleled career.

Table of Contents

Related Books
The Worlds of Jack Williamson
In Memory of Wonder's Child
The Metal Man and Others
Wolves of Darkness
Wizard's Isle
Spider Island
The Crucible of Power
Gateway to Paradise
With Folded Hands . . .
The Queen of the Legion
Table of Contents
"Foreword" by Connie Willis
“Second Man to the Moon” (Fantastic, April 1959)
“The Masked World" (Worlds of Tomorrow, October 1963)
“Jamboree” (Galaxy Magazine, December 1969)
“The Highest Dive” (Science Fiction Monthly, January 1976)
“Farside Station” (Isaac Asimov’s Science Fiction Magazine, November/December 1978)
“. . . All Ye Who Enter Here” (Stellar Science Fiction #6)
“A Break for the Dinosaurs” (Speculations, 1983)
“Space Family Smiths” (JD Journal, 1983)
“At the Human Limit” (The Planets, 1985)
“The Mental Man” (Amazing Stories, October 1988)
“The Bird’s Turn” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 1992)
“Venus Is Hell” (Omni, October 1992)
“The Litlins” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, December 1993)
“The Fractal Man” (VB Tech Journal, July 1996)
“The Firefly Tree” (Science Fiction Age, May 1997)
“The Hole in the World” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, October/November 1997)
“The Purchase of Earth” (Science Fiction Age, July 1998)
“The Story Roger Never Told” (Lord of the Fantastic: Stories in Honor of Roger Zelazny, 1998)
“The Pet Rocks Mystery” (Alien Pets, 1998)
“Miss Million” (Amazing Stories, Winter 1999)
“Eden Star” (Star Colonies, 2000)
“Nitrogen Plus” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2001)
“Afterlife” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, February 2002)
“The Planet of Youth” (The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, April 2002)
“Shakespeare & Co.” (Shelf Life, 2002)
“The Man From Somewhere” (Asimov’s Science Fiction, October/November 2003)
“Black Hole Station” (Space Stations, 2004)
“Devil’s Star” (Visions of Liberty, 2004)
“Dream of Earth” (Amazing Stories, November, 2004)
“The Half Men” (Absolute Magnitude, May 2005)
“The Cat That Loved Shakespeare” (Chronicle, August 2005)
“Ghost Town” (Weird Tales, July 2005)
“The Mists of Time” (Millennium 3001, 2006)
“A Christmas Carol” (The Worlds of Jack Williamson, 2008)

---------------------ROBERT COLBY

Ed here: Several of you wrote off-line for information about Robert Colby whose novel The Captain Must Die I praised awhile back.Here's a very good piece and bibliography about Bob from Pete Enfantino on the Mystery File website.

ROBERT COLBY - A TRIBUTE by Peter Enfantino

Robert Colby died last week. A lot of people won’t even recognize the name. That’s a shame, but it’s their loss. Colby was every bit as good a writer as the other Gold Medal authors of the 50s and 60s who’ve found favor among historians and collectors. He just never had one of those million sellers like the other guys did. There was no Death of a Citizen or Hill Girl. Just respectable sales for some of his “adult” titles like Lament for Julie (Monarch, 1961) and Executive Wife (Monarch, 1964).

My introduction to Robert Colby, as was my introduction to all the classic Gold medal authors, was through an article Ed Gorman wrote for a magazine I used to co-publish called The Scream Factory. In the piece Ed sang the praises of a couple dozen GM authors, writers such as Peter Rabe, Vin Packer, Gil Brewer, Wade Miller, and Harry Whittington. Back in 1993, (when the article first appeared) Black Lizard was publishing a lot of forgotten writers like Packer, Rabe, and Brewer, so I was fairly familiar with those guys. One of the writers Ed praised was Robert Colby, a name I was not so familiar with. Ed called Colby’s The Captain Must Die (Gold Medal, 1959) “one of the great GM novels,” so I knew I had to check this one out.

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I read THE CAPTAIN MUST DIE because of your recommendation, Ed, and your praise of it certainly wasn't was a terrific read.
~ Ron C.