Wednesday, 23 April 2014
NESFA Collections, Vol 1, continued
"Tomorrow's Children" and "Logic" are the first two parts of Twilight World;
"Journeys End," misprinted here as "Journey's End," is that story about telepaths;
"Call Me Joe," "Wildcat" and "Time Patrol" are, of course, familiar.
"The Helping Hand" is old (Astounding, 1950) but was new to me. Despite its space operatic setting, the story ends not with victory in a space battle but with the look of loss in an old man's eyes.
"The Immortal Game" (F&SF, '54), which I have only just begun to read, soon reveals itself to be an account of a chess game with conscious pieces and, unlike "The White King's War," which has robot chess pieces on a giant board, this story might present the moves in a game of chess?
I will continue to work my way through the collection. I would have preferred the short verses to be in one section at the end. It is difficult to see how many prose works we have to read. This poem is not bad:
Slowly the moon
Keen is its edge,
Cutting the dark.
Stars and frost,
As still as the dead,
Warn of another