Following Readers' Choice (1982), it's the turn of Analog writers to select their own favorite stories. Of the eleven yarns...

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ANALOG WRITERS' CHOICE

Following Readers' Choice (1982), it's the turn of Analog writers to select their own favorite stories. Of the eleven yarns here, some will be more familiar than others, such as: Jack Williamson's ""With Folded Hands"" (the genesis of the Humanoids); Christopher Anvil's ""Pandora's Planet,"" the earliest (and best) of his inferior-aliens-conquer-Earth yarns; and Clifford D. Simak's recent award-winning ""Grotto of the Dancing Deer"" (a lonely immortal cave artist). Elsewhere, Harry Harrison offers a splendid tale of an injured alien who crashes in Yugoslavia (the peasants are too ignorant and superstitious to prevent disaster); ""Robert Randall"" (i.e. Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett) comes on strong, with a story about benevolent humans helping a stultified alien culture to develop; L. Sprague de Camp explores the surprising results of a time traveler's attempt to teach Aristotle scientific method; Poul Anderson examines machine evolution (after humanity destroys itself). And there are routine contributions from Gordon R. Dickson (warrior finds courage), Lester del Rey (robots recreate humanity), Mack Reynolds (overthrowing Communism), and A. E. van Vogt (organ transplants). Famous names, sturdy workmanship, sometimes dated ideas: a worthy but not outstanding collection.

Pub Date: May 1, 1983

ISBN: N/A

Page Count: -

Publisher: Dial

Review Posted Online: N/A

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1983