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In the Mail: The Hugo Winners

As long as I’ve had this blog, people have sent me stuff. I don’t know what it is, really. Maybe it’s like a Rhinestone Cowboy effect or something. Or maybe people are just plain awesome!

Used to it was Car Wars stuff– like when Michael P. Owen of SWAT HQ sent me a copy of ADQ 4/4. Or games by Steve Jackson that came in black pocket boxes like One Page Bulge and Raid on Iran. Or games about exploding spaceships, my retroclone system of choice (which I’d been running from a few measly printouts before), and even vintage TSR products that deserve all new rants to be penned about them. But now that the Appendix N series is winding down, increasingly it’s vintage science fiction that’s showing up at my door.

The most recent book to arrive is a copy of The Hugo Winners, edited by Isaac Asimov and sent to me courtesy of author Misha Burnett, which he came across at a university library sale. (The first thing I did when I got it was check to see if Arthur C. Clarke’s “The Star” was in there. It was! And note that Misha and I are set to be rubbing elbows within the pages of Cirsova Issue #1, so be on the look out for that!)

But feast your eyes on this thing. Poul Anderson. Fritz Leiber. Jack Vance. Man, it doesn’t get any better than that…! And yeah, it’s neat seeing their names right next to one of “the big three” of science fiction:

Thanks, Misha! It’s very nice.

6 responses to “In the Mail: The Hugo Winners

  1. Gary N. Mengle November 26, 2015 at 6:36 am

    There’s some great stuff in there.

  2. jlv61560 November 26, 2015 at 4:20 pm

    That, and the second volume, also edited by Isaac Asimov, were, in my opinion, far and away the two best collections of Sci-Fi (and Fantasy too, for that matter — it was all roughly the same, back then) ever created. It wasn’t hurt by Asimov’s style of editing and his comments on the pieces, either. You are very lucky to have the book! And Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!

  3. Trimegistus November 28, 2015 at 9:07 pm

    This suggests a key trigger event and/or transition date to pinpoint the rise of shocking SF historical ignorance among fans: when did the Science Fiction Book Club stop offering this volume as a membership premium?

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