Friday, December 31, 2004

2004: The Year in Shorts

(Reposted from a previous blog.)

This was my first attempt to read a story a day. I more than exceeded the goal, even though I didn't start the project until about halfway through the year.

Count for the year (through December 31, 2004): 543 entries (final count, as far as I know!).

Poul Anderson: Going for Infinity (18 entries, collection complete).

Stephen Baxter: Phase Space (HarperCollins, 2002) (25 entries, collection completed).

Gregory Benford: In the Ocean of Night (WarnerAspect, 2004) (8 entries, collection—a "fixup" novel—completed).

Ben Bova: Sam Gunn, Unlimited (9 entries, collection completed).

Ben Bova (editor): The SF Hall of Fame, Volume IIA (Avon, 1974) (12 entries, collection completed). The SF Hall of Fame, Volume IIB (Avon, 1974) (12 entries, collection completed).

Ray Bradbury: From the Dust Returned (25 entries, collection completed).

John W. Campbell, Jr.: The Black Star Passes (3 entries, collection completed).

John W. Campbell, Jr. (editor): The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (Simon & Schuster, 1952) (24 entries, collection completed).

Arthur C. Clarke: Greetings, Carbon-Based Bipeds! (59 entries, collection completed). The View from Serendip (25 entries, collection completed).

Samuel R. Delany: Aye, and Gomorrah and Other Stories and Distant Stars (counts as 18 entries between the two, both collections completed).

Gardner Dozois (editor): The Good Old Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition (St. Martin's Griffin, 1998) (17 entries, collection completed). The Good New Stuff: Adventure SF in the Grand Tradition (St Martin's Griffin, 1999) (18 entries, collection completed).

Harlan Ellison: Vic & Blood (artwork by Richard Corben) (iBooks, 2003) (4 entries, collection completed).

James Gunn (editor): Astounding Stories (60th Anniversary Edition, three volumes) (21 stories, collection completed).

Karen Haber (editor): Meditations on Middle-Earth (17 entries, collection completed).

Fritz Leiber: Ill Met in Lankhmar (Swords and Deviltry and Swords Against Death) (White Wolf Publishing, 1995) (15 entries, collection complete). Contains: InductionThe Snow WomenThe Unholy GrailIll Met in LankhmarThe Circle CurseThe Jewels in the ForestThieves' HouseThe Bleak ShoreThe Howling TowerThe Sunken LandThe Seven Black PriestsThe Claws from the NightThe Price of Pain-EaseBazaar of the Bizarre.

Fritz Leiber: Lean Times in Lankhmar (Swords in the Mist and Swords Against Wizardry) (White Wolf Publishing, 1996) (10 entries, collection complete). Contains: The Cloud of HateLean Times in LankhmarTheir Mistress, The SeaWhen the Sea-King's AwayThe Wrong BranchAdept's GambitIn the Witch's TentStardockThe Two Best Thieves in LankhmarThe Lords of Quarmall.

Fritz Leiber: Return to Lankhmar (The Swords of Lankhmar and Swords and Ice Magic) (White Wolf Publishing, 1997) (9 entries, collection complete). Contains: The Swords of Lankhmar (novel); The Sadness of the ExecutionerBeauty and the BeastsTrapped in the ShadowlandThe BaitUnder the Thumbs of the GodsTrapped in the Sea of StarsThe Frost MonstremeRime Isle.

Rudy Rucker: Seek! (32 entries, collection complete).

Carl Sagan: The Cosmic Connection (43 entries, collection completed).

Robert Silverberg (editor): The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I (25 entries, collection completed).

Allen E. Steele: Sex and Violence in Zero-G (Meisha Merlin, 1999) (19 entries, collection complete).

Lewis Thomas: The Lives of a Cell: Notes of a Biology Watcher (29 entries, collection completed).

John Varley: The Persistence of Vision (Dell, 1979) (3 stories not found in other Varley collections, collection completed). The Barbie Murders (Berkley, 1980) (6 stories not found in other Varley collections, collection completed). Blue Champagne (Berkley, 1986) (3 stories not found in other Varley collections, collection completed). The John Varley Reader (Ace, 2004) (20 entries, collection complete).

T.K.F. Weisskopf (editor): Cosmic Tales: Adventures in Sol System (Baen, 2004) (14 entries, collection completed).

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