Thursday, March 26, 2020

Sci-fi book cover: "The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction"

Oh, hi Ed Harris.

  • Title: The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction, Fourth Series
  • Editor: Anthony Boucher (1911-1968)
  • Cover illustrator: Ed Emshwiller (1925-1990)
  • Publisher: Ace Books (D-455)
  • Cover price: 35 cents
  • Year: 1960, per, per Cole Checklist of SF Anthologies.
  • Pages: 255
  • Format: Paperback
  • Back cover blurb: "Tops in their field." — St. Louis Globe-Democrat
  • Authors included: Alfred Bester, C.M. Kornbluth, Robert Abernathy, Arthur Porges, Poul Anderson, Ray Bradbury, Robert Sheckley, J. Francis McComas, Avram Davidson, Richard Matheson, Albert Compton Friborg, Shirley Jackson, Daniel F. Galouye, Lord Dunsany, Manly Wade Wellman, Isaac Asimov.
  • Dedication: "For Mick without whose incomparable stimulus and cooperation this book was, alas, edited."
  • First sentence: "If this collection has a thesis, it is simply this: That The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction had the good luck to publish a number of outstanding stories during the past year, and that the best of them are worth assembling in this more permanent form."
  • Last sentence: "*If this rime seems questionable, cf. 'God Save the Queen.' — A.B."
  • Random sentence from the middle: "He gathered together the henbane, the ground unicorn's horn, the hemlock, together with a morsel of dragon's tooth."
  • Rating on Goodreads: 3.11 stars (out of 5)
  • Rating on Amazon: 5 stars (out of 5)
  • Amazon review excerpt: In 2014, R. Holloway wrote (cleaned up a bit by me): "Even though I have probably read most of these stories when they were first published in the magazine, they are still a great re-read. When I was a kid, early 60s, I loved reading these scifi mags. Still have all of them, mostly, relatively pristine. ... If one purchases a copy of this volume, they will not be disappointed."

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