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05:00 pm: From These Ashes: The Complete Short SF of Fredric Brown edited by Ben Yalow
This is from NESFA and is their usual good product. There's 693 pages so I've been reading it when other books end before it's time to sleep and so forth.

The stories are arranged chronologically from 1941 to 1965 and there's an introduction by Barry N. Malzberg.

A lot of his stories are set in his future and a surprising number of them have some accuracy. There's a fair amount of consistency (New Albuquerque is on Mars whenever it's mentioned), and a lot of the stories are very short. Near the end, they were single pages and I thought maybe they were for a particular magazine, but no -- I checked in the ISFDB.

This is kind of a long book for people who don't normally read shorts, but they might like it anyway. I think people who read shorts would definitely like it.



Date:March 12th, 2010 10:33 pm (UTC)
NESFA Press produces very handsome hardcovers that I'd love to own if they weren't so damned thick. A 300-page hardcover is fine, but a 600-page book is just too big and heavy to read comfortably, and there's no point in paying a premium for a well-designed book if it's not comfortable to read.
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Date:March 12th, 2010 10:44 pm (UTC)
I read on my side on the bed and I did have to bring the knee pillow over to support it a lot. And they had taken some standard length out by starting new stories on the next page, rather than the next right-hand page.
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Date:March 13th, 2010 03:11 pm (UTC)
Cool! We may have to get that.
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