Wednesday, 26 August 2015
From The Golden Age To The 1990s
magazine stories, later collected;
an original collection and two novels;
an original short novel first published in the omnibus collection;
a contribution to a themed anthology.
Thus, the stages are:
material originally published in magazines, then republished in books;
material originally published in books by a single author;
themed anthologies as a major innovation.
Although "Death And The Knight," a Time Patrol story in a Knights Templar anthology, has been added to a later edition of the Time Patrol omnibus collection, it still remains part of that anthology, which might be reissued? Also, some fans might prefer to read such a story in a miscellaneous volume? I don't - but maybe some people out there do prefer multi-author anthologies to single-author collections? It is like a synthesis of magazine format with book format, especially when a themed anthology becomes a series, like Larry Niven's Man-Kzin Wars to which Anderson made three contributions.
To illustrate this post, I have found the cover of The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, May 1955, which wrongly describes the first Time Patrol story, "Time Patrol," as a novel although the blurb is illegible as reproduced here.