Friday, October 12, 2018

FFB: THE HUGO WINNERS: VOLUME 3 annotated by Isaac Asimov (Doubleday 1977)

There are several notable things about the third volume Isaac Asimov would assemble of the winners of the Hugo Awards for short fiction, novella to short story categories. One is that it had only one printing of a two-volume US paperback edition (Steven French pointed out an oversight on my part on Facebook), despite the success, in constant reprinting of Doubleday SF Book Club editions and fairly frequent paperbacks, of the first two volumes of the series. Another is, as I noted in the entry here on the second volume as included in the book club omnibus and paperbacked on its own, that it managed to leave out Leiber's story "Ship of Shadows", a ridiculous oversight on the part of Asimov and his book editor at Doubleday (I believe Larry Ashmead at that time), that presumably cost Leiber a notable, however incremental, chunk of change over the succeeding decades. A third, rather more immediate in its effect on the reader, is the degree to which the collected, award-winning stories (with so many repeated contributors in this stretch of years) are stories of personal loss for the characters (and writers) in question, and one wonders to what degree voters' knowledge of the autobiographical element of such stories as the two Leibers, Ellison's "The Deathbird"  and Pohl and Kornbluth's "The Meeting" helped these affecting stories gain their awards (though in all four cases, they wouldn't need too much special pleading on the basis of trying to help buck up their authors). Sturgeon's "Slow Sculpture" and in an even more remote way the Le Guin stories might be said to have a certain flavor of this element, as well, while this is less true of the Larry Niven or George R. R. Martin stories, or Poul Anderson's stories, or the more thoroughly camouflaged Alice Sheldon/"James Tiptree, Jr." story...while the R. A. Lafferty story feels a Lot more like a career-award, as the story in question is far from his best, if one that demonstrates his mocking skepticism of the overly earnest. Asimov's introductory blurbs are more distant on occasion than those in the first two volumes, where if he didn't know the collected writer very well, he'd at least have an incident of interaction or so with that writer. (Though Asimov had little direct or [to the best of his knowledge] face to face interaction with either of the women writers in the volume, he did maintain a correspondence with Sheldon hiding behind her "Tiptree" persona, and might've met "Racoona" Sheldon at a convention by that time, this book published just about the time Sheldon's masquerade as "Tiptree" was admitted publicly--and she would win her first award for a story, "The Screwfly Solution", published under the byline Racoona Sheldon, not long after). 

Seems strange that with all the famous, and relatively career-changing, stories collected within (less so for Niven, probably, than any of the others, as these stories were, like the Lafferty in his case, solid examples of what he could do rather than his best work)...that this volume of the series has had such a limited success in comparison. Nonetheless, you could do much worse than investing in an inexpensive copy from the usual sources, and thus seeing how even the most rewarded and among the most successful writers in sf and fantasy were producing impressive, somewhat depressed work in the first half of the 1970s. 

For more of today's books, please see Patti Abbott's blog. 

Friday, October 5, 2018

Friday's "Forgotten" Books: the links to the reviews

Birthday greetings to bloggers Rich Horton, and Kevin Tipple's son, and blogger emeritus Sergio Angelini!

**After two weeks' worth of mass spamming in comments, I've had to turn on comment moderation. Sorry for the potential delays, but we'll see how this goes. 

This week's books, unfairly (or sometimes fairly) neglected, or simply those the reviewers below think you might find of some interest (or, infrequently, you should be warned away from); certainly, most weeks we have a few not at all forgotten titles.  Founder Patti Abbott is taking a break this if I've missed yours or someone else's, please let me know in comments...

Les Blatt: A Nice Class of Corpse by Simon Brett

Elgin Bleecker: Darktown by Thomas Mullen

John Boston: Amazing: Fact and Science Fiction Stories, October 1963, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Brian Busby: Murder's No Picnic by E. L. Cushing

Martin Edwards: My Name is Michael Sibley by John Bingham; Pushkin Vertigo publishers

Peter Enfantino and Jack Seabrook: Atlas/Timely (pre-Marvel) horror comics June-September 1950; EC Comics September 1955; DC War Comics July 1973

Will Errickson: Wilding by Melanie Tem

Curtis Evans: Murder of an M.P.! aka In Search of a Villain by Robert Gore-Browne

Paul Fraser: New Writings in SF 3 edited by John Carnell

Barry Gardner: The Heaven Stone by David Daniel

John Grant: Snowdrops by A.D. Miller

Rich Horton: Castle Rackrent by Maria EdgeworthThe Third Policeman by Flann O'Brien

Kate Jackson: Heads You Lose by Christianna Brand

Tracy K: The Murder of My Aunt by Richard Hull

Colman Keane: Briarpatch and The Fourth Durango by Ross Thomas

George Kelley: The Red Scarf and A Killer is Loose by Gil Brewer

Joe Kenney: Night Crossing by Ken Kolb

Margot Kinberg: The Sound of Her Voice by Nathan Blackwell

Rob Kitchin: Basin and Range by John McPhee; The Atrocity Archive[s] by Charles Stross

B. V. Lawson: The Cape Cod Mystery by Phoebe Atwood Taylor

Evan Lewis: Marvel Masterworks: Sgt. Fury and His Howling Commandos, Vol. 1 by Stan Lee, Jack Kirby and Dick Ayers

Steve Lewis: Live Gold by Robert Sheckley 

Mike Lind: Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley

Francis M. Nevins: First Came a Murder by John Creasey; The Fatal Pool by "John Rhode"

J. F. Norris: Voices in an Empty Room by Philip Loraine

Matt Paust: The Case of the Seven Whistlers by George Bellairs

Mildred Perkins: Zombie Apocalypse Novels and Lesbian Romance Novels

James Reasoner: The Case of the Singing Skirt by Erle Stanley Gardner

Richard Robinson: In the Labyrinth of Drakes: A Memoir by Lady Trent by Marie BrennanHow Like an Angel by Margaret Millar

Gerard Saylor: Those We Left Behind by Stuart Neville

Jack Seabrook: "The Better Bargain" by Richard Deming (Manhunt, April 1956)

Steven H. SIlver: "Blueprint" by Donald Wollheim; "The Fate Line" by Walter Jon Williams; "Barbarossa" by Edward Wellen; "Time Travel for Pedestrians" by Ray Nelson; "Half-Life" by Gary Couzens; "The Whisper" by Zoran Živković

Victoria Silverwolf: Fantastic, October 1963, edited by Cele Goldsmith Lalli

Dan Stumpf: Down There by David Goodis; The Riddle of the Yellow Zuri by Harry Stephen Keeler

Peter Tennant: Smoke Paper Mirrors and The Finest Ass in the Universe by Anna Tambour

Kevin Tipple: Live Bait by Ted Wood

"TomCat": The Six Queer Things by Christopher St. John Sprigg

Danielle Torres: A Little Bird Told Me by Marianne Holmes

David Vineyard: The Far Arena by Richard Ben Sapir

A. J. Wright: The Bad Seed by Willam March

Monday, October 1, 2018

Underappreciated Music: September Selections

The monthly assembly of undervalued and often nearly "lost" music, or simply music the blogger in question wants to remind you readers/listeners of...

Patti Abbott: night music

Brian Arnold: Deborah Harry on Kids Are People, Too (1980)

Jayme Lynn Blaschke: Friday Night Videos

Paul D. Brazill: A Song for Saturday

Jim Cameron: Gerry Mulligan Sextet: Night Lights

Sean Coleman: The Byrds: Sweethearts of the Rodeo (50th anniversary)

Jeff Gemmill: Top 5s; Jade Bird in concert; Duffy: Rockferry; Labor Day songs; Stone Foundation: Everybody, Anyone

Keiko Hassler: Cast of Rent: "Seasons of Love"

Jerry House: Hymn Time; Music from the Past

George Kelley: Joni Mitchell: Both Sides Now: Live at the Isle of Wight Festival 1970; The Supremes: Sing Holland-Dozier-Holland: Expanded Edition; Ken Emerson: Always Magic in the Air: The Bomp and Brilliance of the Brill Building Era

Kate Laity: Song for a Saturday

Steve Lewis: Music I'm Listening To

Barry Malzberg: Regula Mühlemann & CHAARTS made in Aargau: Five Mozart Arias; encore: the last movement, Sonata in D Minor (Hindemith) ..and...

Cecelia Bartoli and Nikolaus Harnoncourt: "Bella mi fiamma, addio" (Mozart) ...and...

Julia Fischer & the Czech Philharmonic (under David Zinman): Violin Concerto No. 2 (Bohuslav Martinů)

Todd Mason: Insinuation (Not All Fathers and Daughters, But No Angels): Saturday Music Club

Laura Nakatsuka: Blue Heron: "Exultent in hac die" (Hugh Sturmy)

Lawrence Person: Shoegazer Sunday

Charlie Ricci: The Makers: The Devil's Nine Questions; slow blues; The Beach Boys

Jeff Segal: Blood Ceremony: "The Great God Pan" ...and...

Luboš Fišer: soundtrack: Valerie a týden divů aka Valerie and Her Week of Wonders

W. Royal Stokes: Born to be Blue (Chet Baker biopic)

A. J. Wright: early Alabama songs

Hot Chocolate: "Brother Louie"

Friday, September 28, 2018

FFB: THE DARK SIDE edited by Damon Knight (Doubleday, 1965)

from 1 January 2009:

How to label a horror anthology as sf:
Not too long ago, I encouraged Patti Abbott nee Nase (of pattinase --the collection locus for these Forgotten Books entries) to pick up one of the many cheap copies of Terry Carr and Martin Harry Greenberg's A Treasury of Modern Fantasy, a 1981 anthology of stories from the fantasy-fiction magazines. (I'll note that I had given away my copy a quarter-century ago to a very nice woman named Deanna Chang, whom whenever I ran into her on random occasions after our high school graduation I had a book in hand and felt generous...she also got a copy of Judith Merril's annual SF 12 that way, and I hope she enjoyed them). I have since picked up a cheap copy likewise, and recently reread the introduction of that fine if not superb anthology, wherein the editors, the late Mr. Carr and the [then] still very active [since, alas, late] Prof. Greenberg congratulate themselves for producing the first fantasy-fiction anthology to draw entirely from the fantasy fiction magazines...and attempt at being comprehensive while doing so. (It wasn't, exactly, the first, but it was a pretty impressive example...if less comprehensive than it could've been.)

While there had been best-ofs of various magazines at that time--quite a number of nondefinitive collections from Weird Tales, at least three from Unknown, at least one from 
Fantasticone each surveying Beyond and Fantastic Universe, and a long and up till then fairly regular series from The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, there hadn't been (arguably) a volume which concentrated on fantasy, rather than horror or more eclectic assemblies, through the decades of the fantasy magazines.

But there had been predecessors for which one can make the case that they were meant to do something very similar, and this book, the first fantasy anthology Damon Knight edited (although his magazine Worlds Beyond in 1950 had stressed fantasy in its mix of fantastic fiction), is certainly one of them. Fortunately or unfortunately, it was published by Doubleday in 1965 in its Doubleday Science Fiction line, which meant it was plastered with indicators that it was really an sf book, which it largely is not, and given a perfunctory cover and a claim on its jacket flap copy to contain "The October Game" by Ray Bradbury, rather than, as it does, RB's "The Black Ferris" (one of two stories it shares with the Carr/Greenberg antho from a decade and a half later).

Knight himself, perhaps unsure that the sf audience that the book's being sold to won't simply snort or reflexively reject any collection of fantasy stories (this being the marketing dilemma for fantasy so labeled as Tolkien was only beginning to sell in the millions), at various points in the headnotes to each story the reader is reassured that these stories aren't Just fantasy, or, more foolishly, that they are Just fantasy and can be enjoyed as such, as if any but the most blockheaded readers (of which there were, and are, more than a few in the sf audience) couldn't figure that out for themselves.

But, then, Knight seems to want to readers to know from the general introduction on in that his book is devoted to fantasy that follows the (uncredited) H.G. Wells rule for fantastic fiction, that there be only one miracle per story, and all must be rationally extrapolated from that anomaly. This was also the Party Line at Unknown (later Unknown Worlds), the fantasy magazine edited by the hugely influential science fiction editor John W. Campbell, Jr (whom it is widely suggested preferred editing Unknown during its four year run, and who ran some Unknownish fantasy in his Astounding SF, later Analog, after the companion folded).

Having established that, Knight leads off with the Bradbury story, which he slights the rest of Weird Tales's entire inventory in favor of. While "The Black Ferris" is the seed of Something Wicked This Way Comes, it probably isn't even the best story Bradbury published in Weird Tales, and Knight's review of Dark Carnival, the first Bradbury collection, suggests as much (that review can be read in Knight's collection of reviews, In Search of Wonder, a touchstone of SF criticism and a book I reread several times as a youth). It's written in Bradbury's usual slightly too lush style of his early mature work, but in doing so shows the influence of two of his great models, more blatantly so in this story than in many, the more precise Theodore Sturgeon and the progenitor Nathaniel Hawthorne (I can see this being written in part as a response to "Dr. Heidegger's Experiment").

Courtesy of the William Contento online indices, here is the contents of the volume:
The Dark Side ed. Damon Knight (Doubleday, 1965, $4.50, 241pp, hc) 
ix · Introduction · Damon Knight · in 
1 · The Black Ferris · Ray Bradbury · ss Weird Tales May ’48 
13 · They · Robert A. Heinlein · ss Unknown Apr ’41 
36 · Mistake Inside · James Blish · nv Startling Stories Mar ’48 
65 · Trouble with Water · Horace L. Gold · ss Unknown Mar ’39 
96 · c/o Mr. Makepeace · Peter Phillips · ss F&SF Feb ’54 
112 · The Golem · Avram Davidson · ss F&SF Mar ’55 
121 · The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham · H. G. Wells · ss The Idler May, 1896 
144 · It · Theodore Sturgeon · nv Unknown Aug ’40 
179 · Nellthu · Anthony Boucher · vi F&SF Aug ’55 
182 · Casey Agonistes · Richard M. McKenna · ss F&SF Sep ’58 
198 · Eye for Iniquity · T. L. Sherred · nv Beyond Fantasy Fiction Jul ’53 
232 · The Man Who Never Grew Young · Fritz Leiber · ss Night’s Black Agents, Arkham, 1947 

courtesy Piet Nel

So, one can see that there's one story from Weird Tales, three from Unknown, one from the primarily sf magazine Startling Stories, four from Fantasy and Science Fiction, and one each from Beyond Fantasy Fiction and the general-interest magazine The Idler (a solid Wells market), and a story Leiber published in his first collection, Night's Black Agents, which was otherwise drawn from magazines...pretty darn close to a survey of the fantasy magazines, even if limited to a slice largely through the same sort of thing that is often called "urban fantasy" or contemporary fantasy today.

Knight was a not-uncritical but generous fan of Robert Heinlein, and overstates the effect of RAH's "They" on the reader (at least this reader, and I suspect most who were not introduced to the notion of solipsism by this story, as perhaps the young Knight was...a comic-book ripoff of Theodore Sturgeon's earlier "The Ultimate Egoist" was my first experience of same), but it remains an enjoyable story. Which is arguably science fiction, in this ostensibly non-sf anthology.

James Blish's "Mistake Inside" is an improvement, an early display of Blish's lifelong Anglophilia, fascination with history and with the basic questions of religious faith and the necesary grappling with morality and ethics that springs from that questioning...a mostly giddy alternate reality adventure with a deft ending. Not a major story, but certainly working up to one.

H. L. Gold's "Trouble with Water" is the other story shared by the Carr/Greenberg, and is certainly the best story I've read by Gold, though several others come close. Gold, like Alfred Bester, was a man with his finger on the pulse of popular culture of his time to a degree that no current person in the SF world can quite match, as far as I can tell...and in Gold's case, as Algis Budrys suggested at least once, that degree of understanding inhibited his best work (and Knight himself, in a review of a Gold collection that included How I Wrote This notes from Gold, quotes bits of his thought process that would've improved the story if more fully incorporated)...even here, the stereotypical shrewish wife, as cleverly as she's drawn, is not redeemed from cardboard by her eventual change of heart, in large part due to how well Greenberg the protagonist is presented as a full human being, and how the other characters are gracefully sketched in as much as needed. It's a story of a man who incautiously offends a "water gnome," and is in turn cursed by the supernatural creature with being unable to touch water. It's a classic, if not a perfect one, but eminently worth reading.

Peter Phillips is everyone's favorite near-forgotten writer of fantastic fiction in the 1950s, showing up also in such anthologies as Ramsey Campbell's Fine Frights, and "C/O Mr. Makepeace" is another fine if not superb, and elaborate, exercise in linking the notion of poltergeists to older forms of haunting. Knight helpfully (or not) keeps noting how many of the stories he's chosen loop back to either time-travel or solipsist/identity-question themes.

Avram Davidson's funny and widely anthologized borderline sf piece "The Golem" follows, wherein the stereotypical elderly Jewish couple, who are faced with a new sort of Frankenstein's monster, are wonderfully fleshed out, as is the ineffectually menacing automaton. Not Davidson's best story in this mode, but good and probably his most famous.

H. G. Wells's "The Story of the Late Mr. Elvesham" is very well-written, rigorously worked out, and too long, given that even in 1896 this story of an older man possessing the body of a younger one would not be terribly fresh. But, like every other story in this book, it uses its excellent detail tellingly.

Theodore Sturgeon's "It" was probably his masterwork, in the sense of his first fully worked-out story that can't be notably improved in any particular. I've been surprised in recent years to learn that some folks aren't too impressed by this persuasive horror story, which could be called sf only by stretching that term to its breaking point, but which is utterly convincing as horror fiction to its devastating last lines.

Anthony Boucher's "Nellthu" is simply the most memorably funny deal with a devil vignette that I've read, one which has stuck with me through the decades.

Richard McKenna's "Casey Agonistes" was his big splash in fantastic fiction, and Knight wants to warn us that it's arguably not fantasy at all, and it is a borderline case...which makes more sense on the fantasy side of the fence, dealing as it does with the shared hallucination of a ward full of dying men. McKenna made a bigger splash with the bestselling historical novel The Sand Pebbles and died too young shortly after.

T. L. Sherred's "Eye for Iniquity" is a brilliant contemporary fantasy about a man who learns he can duplicate money by simple concentration on the bills as they lie on his coffee table. Sherred was never prolific, but more than nearly anyone else in the magazine field could make one feel the lives of the working people in his stories. 

And Fritz Leiber's "The Man Who Never Grew Young" is another (deservedly) much-reprinted story, dealing as the title suggests with an anomalous man who remains the same age as those around him are born from their graves, grow less wrinkled and eventually go from adult to adolescent to infant and are absorbed back into their mothers...a rather more imaginative reworking of the reverse aging concept shared by a widely advertised film based on a certain F. Scott Fitzgerald story. (I see "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" is widely posted online, I have to wonder with what copyright provisions being violated.)

So, basically, this is not a definitive anthology, but one which contains not a few brilliant or near-brilliant stories, and no actively bad ones. The second half is better than the first, but I have to wonder if I'm letting nostalgia overtake me in at least a case or two, as Knight does with "They." I doubt it. 

A fine thing to seek out in the secondhand market or interlibrary loan, perhaps along with Knight's horror/suspense/sf anthology A Shocking Thing, published a decade later...the two of them together might make an interesting comparison to the Carr/Greenberg, or Robert Silverberg (and Greenberg)'s poll-driven The Fatasy Hall of Fame.

More Contento:

A Shocking Thing ed. Damon Knight (Pocket 0-671-77775-0, Nov ’74, 95¢, 245pp, pb) 
1 · Man from the South [“Collector’s Item”] · Roald Dahl · ss Colliers Sep 4 ’48 
13 · The Snail-Watcher · Patricia Highsmith · ss Gamma #3 ’64 
21 · Bianca’s Hands · Theodore Sturgeon · ss Argosy (UK) May ’47 
31 · Poor Little Warrior! · Brian W. Aldiss · ss F&SF Apr ’58 
39 · The Hounds · Kate Wilhelm · nv * 
65 · The Clone · Theodore L. Thomas · ss Fantastic Dec ’59 
79 · The Touch of Nutmeg Makes It · John Collier · ss New Yorker May 3 ’41 
89 · Casey Agonistes · Richard M. McKenna · ss F&SF Sep ’58 
101 · The Abyss · Leonid Andreyev · ss, 1943 
117 · A Case History · John Anthony West · ss, 1973 
121 · Fondly Fahrenheit · Alfred Bester · nv F&SF Aug ’54 
143 · Lukundoo [1907] · Edward Lucas White · ss Weird Tales Nov ’25 
159 · The Cabbage Patch · Theodore R. Cogswell · ss Perspective Fll ’52 
165 · Oil of Dog · Ambrose Bierce · ss Oakland Daily Evening Tribune Oct 11, 1890 
171 · The Time of the Big Sleep [France, Fiction 1971] · Jean-Pierre Andrevon · nv * 
195 · The Right Man for the Right Job · J. C. Thompson · ss Playboy Jul ’62 
207 · The Year of the Jackpot · Robert A. Heinlein · nv Galaxy Mar ’52 

A Treasury of Modern Fantasy ed. Terry Carr & Martin H. Greenberg (Avon 0-380-77115-2, Mar ’81, $8.95, 588pp, tp) 
xiii · Introduction · Terry Carr & Martin H. Greenberg · in 
1 · The Rats in the Walls · H. P. Lovecraft · ss Weird Tales Mar ’24 
19 · The Woman of the Wood [earlier version of “The Woman of the Wood”, Weird Tales Aug ’26] · A. Merritt · nv The Fox Woman & Other Stories, Avon, 1949 
45 · Trouble with Water · Horace L. Gold · ss Unknown Mar ’39 
63 · Thirteen O’Clock [as by Cecil Corwin; Peter Packer] · C. M. Kornbluth · nv Stirring Science Stories Feb ’41 
85 · The Coming of the White Worm · Clark Ashton Smith · ss Stirring Science Stories Apr ’41 
97 · Yesterday Was Monday · Theodore Sturgeon · ss Unknown Jun ’41 
113 · They Bite · Anthony Boucher · ss Unknown Aug ’43 
123 · Call Him Demon [as by Keith Hammond] · Henry Kuttner · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Fll ’46 
145 · Daemon · C. L. Moore · ss Famous Fantastic Mysteries Oct ’46 
165 · The Black Ferris · Ray Bradbury · ss Weird Tales May ’48 
173 · Displaced Person · Eric Frank Russell · vi Weird Tales Sep ’48 
177 · Our Fair City · Robert A. Heinlein · ss Weird Tales Jan ’49 
193 · Come and Go Mad · Fredric Brown · nv Weird Tales Jul ’49 
227 · There Shall Be No Darkness · James Blish · nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’50 
259 · The Loom of Darkness [“Liane the Wayfarer”; Dying Earth] · Jack Vance · ss The Dying Earth, Hillman, 1950; Worlds Beyond Dec ’50 
269 · The Rag Thing [as by David Grinnell] · Donald A. Wollheim · ss F&SF Oct ’51 
275 · Sail On! Sail On! · Philip José Farmer · ss Startling Stories Dec ’52 
285 · One Ordinary Day, with Peanuts · Shirley Jackson · ss F&SF Jan ’55 
295 · That Hell-Bound Train · Robert Bloch · ss F&SF Sep ’58 
307 · Nine Yards of Other Cloth [John] · Manly Wade Wellman · ss F&SF Nov ’58 
323 · The Montavarde Camera · Avram Davidson · ss F&SF May ’59 
335 · Man Overboard · John Collier · nv Argosy (UK) Jan ’60 
355 · My Dear Emily · Joanna Russ · nv F&SF Jul ’62 
375 · Descending · Thomas M. Disch · ss Fantastic Jul ’64 
387 · Four Ghosts in Hamlet · Fritz Leiber · nv F&SF Jan ’65 
417 · Divine Madness · Roger Zelazny · ss Magazine of Horror Sum ’66 
425 · Narrow Valley · R. A. Lafferty · ss F&SF Sep ’66 
437 · Timothy [Anita] · Keith Roberts · ss sf Impulse Sep ’66 
449 · Longtooth · Edgar Pangborn · nv F&SF Jan ’70 
479 · Through a Glass—Darkly · Zenna Henderson · nv F&SF Oct ’70 
501 · Piper at the Gates of Dawn · Richard Cowper · na F&SF Mar ’76 
547 · Jeffty Is Five · Harlan Ellison · ss F&SF Jul ’77 
565 · Within the Walls of Tyre · Michael Bishop · nv Weirdbook #13 ’78 

The Fantasy Hall of Fame ed. Robert Silverberg (HarperPrism 0-06-105215-9, Mar ’98 [Feb ’98], $14.00, 562pp, tp); Anthology of 30 fantasy stories from 1939 to 1990, chosen by SFWA members. Introduction by Silverberg; individual story introductions by Martin H. Greenberg. 
vii · Introduction · Robert Silverberg · in 
1 · Trouble with Water · H. L. Gold · ss Unknown Mar ’39 
21 · Nothing in the Rules · L. Sprague de Camp · nv Unknown Jul ’39 
47 · Fruit of Knowledge · C. L. Moore · nv Unknown Oct ’40 
77 · Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius [1941] · Jorge Luís Borges · ss Labyrinths, New Directions, 1962 
91 · The Compleat Werewolf [Fergus O’Breen] · Anthony Boucher · na Unknown Apr ’42 
137 · The Small Assassin · Ray Bradbury · ss Dime Mystery Magazine Nov ’46 
153 · The Lottery · Shirley Jackson · ss The New Yorker Jun 26 ’48 
161 · Our Fair City · Robert A. Heinlein · ss Weird Tales Jan ’49 
177 · There Shall Be No Darkness · James Blish · nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’50 
211 · The Loom of Darkness [“Liane the Wayfarer”; Dying Earth] · Jack Vance · ss The Dying Earth, Hillman, 1950 
221 · The Man Who Sold Rope to the Gnoles [as by Idris Seabright] · Margaret St. Clair · ss F&SF Oct ’51 
225 · The Silken-Swift · Theodore Sturgeon · nv F&SF Nov ’53 
243 · The Golem · Avram Davidson · ss F&SF Mar ’55 
249 · Operation Afreet [Steven Matuchek; Ginny Greylock] · Poul Anderson · nv F&SF Sep ’56 
277 · That Hell-Bound Train · Robert Bloch · ss F&SF Sep ’58 
289 · Bazaar of the Bizarre [Fafhrd & Gray Mouser] · Fritz Leiber · nv Fantastic Aug ’63 
311 · Come Lady Death · Peter S. Beagle · ss Atlantic Monthly Sep ’63 
327 · The Drowned Giant · J. G. Ballard · ss The Terminal Beach, London: Gollancz, 1964 
337 · Narrow Valley · R. A. Lafferty · ss F&SF Sep ’66 
349 · Faith of Our Fathers · Philip K. Dick · nv Dangerous Visions, ed. Harlan Ellison, Garden City, NY: Doubleday, 1967 
379 · The Ghost of a Model T · Clifford D. Simak · nv Epoch, ed. Roger Elwood & Robert Silverberg, Berkley, 1975 
393 · The Demoness · Tanith Lee · ss The Year’s Best Fantasy Stories #2, ed. Lin Carter, DAW, 1976 
405 · Jeffty Is Five · Harlan Ellison · ss F&SF Jul ’77 
423 · The Detective of Dreams · Gene Wolfe · nv Dark Forces, ed. Kirby McCauley, Viking, 1980 
439 · Unicorn Variations · Roger Zelazny · nv Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine (IASFM, now Asimov's Science Fiction) Apr 13 ’81 
461 · Basileus · Robert Silverberg · ss The Best of Omni Science Fiction, No. 5, ed. Don Myrus, Omni, 1983 
477 · The Jaguar Hunter · Lucius Shepard · nv F&SF May ’85 
501 · Buffalo Gals, Won’t You Come Out Tonight · Ursula K. Le Guin · nv Buffalo Gals and Other Animal Presences, Capra Press, 1987 
527 · Bears Discover Fire · Terry Bisson · ss IASFM Aug ’90 
537 · Tower of Babylon · Ted Chiang · nv Omni Nov ’90

[and the earlier different volume with the same title:]
[and then there was this:]

The Horror Hall of Fame ed. Robert Silverberg & Martin H. Greenberg (Carroll & Graf 0-88184-692-9, Jul ’91, $21.95, 416pp, hc) Anthology of 18 classic horror stories. There is an uncredited introduction by Stefan Dziemianowicz.
  • 9 · Introduction [by Stefan R. Dziemianowicz] · Anon. · in
  • 17 · The Fall of the House of Usher · Edgar Allan Poe · ss Burton’s Gentlemen’s Magazine Sep, 1839
  • 36 · Green Tea [Martin Hesselius] · Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu · nv All the Year Round Oct 23-Nov 13, 1869
  • 69 · The Damned Thing · Ambrose Bierce · ss Tales from New York Town Topics Dec 7, 1893; Weird Tales Sep ’23
  • 79 · The Yellow Sign · Robert W. Chambers · nv The King in Yellow, New York & Chicago: F. Tennyson Neely, 1895
  • 101 · The Monkey’s Paw · W. W. Jacobs · ss Harper’s Monthly Sep ’02
  • 113 · The White People · Arthur Machen · nv Horlick’s Magazine Jan ’04
  • 152 · The Willows · Algernon Blackwood · na The Listener and Other Stories, London: Eveleigh Nash, 1907
  • 202 · Casting the Runes · M. R. James · nv More Ghost Stories of an Antiquary, Arnold, 1911
  • 224 · The Graveyard Rats · Henry Kuttner · ss Weird Tales Mar ’36
  • 234 · Pigeons from Hell · Robert E. Howard · nv Weird Tales May ’38
  • 263 · It · Theodore Sturgeon · nv Unknown Aug ’40
  • 289 · Smoke Ghost · Fritz Leiber · ss Unknown Oct ’41
  • 306 · Yours Truly, Jack the Ripper · Robert Bloch · ss Weird Tales Jul ’43
  • 324 · The Small Assassin · Ray Bradbury · ss Dime Mystery Magazine Nov ’46
  • 341 · The Whimper of Whipped Dogs · Harlan Ellison · ss Bad Moon Rising, ed. Thomas M. Disch, Harper & Row, 1973
  • 360 · Calling Card · Ramsey Campbell · ss Dark Companions, Macmillan, 1982
  • 367 · Coin of the Realm · Charles L. Grant · ss Tales from the Nightside, Arkham House, 1981
  • 380 · The Reach [“Do the Dead Sing?”] · Stephen King · ss Yankee Nov ’81
  • 402 · Biographical Notes · Misc. · bg
[and that was succeeded, in SFWA-style, by HWA's...]

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