Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Morning Bonus Pulp: Two Complete Science-Adventure Books, Winter 1953


If you're going to have just two authors in your science-fiction pulp, you could certainly do worse than this duo: Poul Anderson and John D. MacDonald. As far as I can tell, this is the only appearance of the Anderson novella "Silent Victory". BALLROOM OF THE SKIES is a full-length novel, of course, originally published in hardback the previous year, 1952, and later reprinted in paperback a number of times. I read it as a Gold Medal paperback in the Sixties. Ought to read it again one of these days.

9 comments:

Bob vardeman said...

This is maybe inspiration for Ace Doubles, only with one cover? I have read the McDonald but don't remember it other than a s a title and that I thought his Girl, Gold Watch and Everything was better sf.

Morgan Holmes said...

"Silent Victory" was reprinted in the 80s in one of the Anderson collections from Tor I believe.

James Reasoner said...

Bob,
I agree, THE GIRL, THE GOLD WATCH AND EVERYTHING is the best SF I've read from JDM. Oddly enough, I didn't really think of it as SF when I first read it, it was just another John D. MacDonald book.

Morgan,
Thanks for the info. I looked up the story on ISFDB and didn't see any other appearances listed, but that's as far as I took my research.

Morgan Holmes said...

"Silent Victory" was renamed "War of Two Worlds" and reprinted in THE WORLDS OF POUL ANDERSON. An Ace paperback containing three short novels by Anderson.

Keith West said...

Didn't you point that out yourself, James?

http://jamesreasoner.blogspot.com/2011/04/forgotten-books-war-of-two-worlds-poul.html

James Reasoner said...

Hey, that was more than two years ago! I don't remember what I had for lunch yesterday.

Seriously, thanks for the heads-up, Keith. You're absolutely right.

RkR said...

I have 24 Poul Anderson books, but don't seem to have THE WORLDS OF POUL ANDERSON. How did I miss that one?

Keith West said...

Some days, I can't remember if I even had lunch yesterday. The ISFDB was down, so I googled the title. Your post was one of the first things in the list.

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