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The Pyrotechnics of Lester del Rey
SF's most protean personality--writer, editor, critic, publisher--sets off an incomparable fireworks display in these tales of robots and humans, animals and aliens, ghosts and gods, science and the supernatural . . .
If you want an ideal mate, build her!
This is Heaven? The hell it is!
The invisible kid was a ghost for sure. But whose?
The robots labored to re-create the extinct human species--
but there was one element they somehow left out.
FOR I AM A JEALOUS PEOPLE
"In God We Trust" is a great motto--until you find you can't.
And much more!
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Terry Brooks recalls Lester del Rey as being "not physically imposing, barely over 5 feet, rather hollow-cheeked and frail-looking." But "when Lester looked at you, he peered through his thick glasses in the same way a botanist might study an interesting specimen." A legendary editor whose exploits included scooping up untried unknowns like Stephen R. Donaldson, David Eddings, and Brooks himself (not to mention the coup of snagging the rights to Star Wars), the eccentric del Rey is one of SF's elite old guard, widely respected for years as a publisher and critic. But, as Brooks points out in this book's introduction, del Rey also slugged it out in the trenches, writing for John W. Campbell and others in the glory days of Unknown, Astounding Science Fiction, et al. ("In those days of long ago, any sale to John W. Campbell was something of a triumph," del Rey recalls.)
This collection pulls together del Rey's best short works from the '30s, '40s, and '50s, including many of his personal favorites and more than a couple that sprouted from ideas passed on by Campbell himself. Some of the 16 stories here show their age in places, but all reflect del Rey's inventive, often opinionated, top-shelf mind. Whether it's a classic tale of boy-builds-robot, boy-falls-in-love-with-robot, or a Rip Van Winkle-style riff on an elven tinker who's frustrated by modern alloys, del Rey always stuck to the big ideas that brought him--and us--to sci-fi in the first place. --Paul HughesAbout the Author:
Winner of the prestigious Nebula Grand Master Award, Lester del Rey was the author of more than forty books, including such classic science fiction novels as Nerves and The Eleventh Commandment and nonfiction works on atomic power, oceanography, photography, and many other science-related topics. His stories have appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies. In 1977, he and his wife, Judy-Lynn del Rey, formed Del Rey Books. Judy-Lynn became Editor-in-Chief, and Lester served as Fantasy editor discovering many authors who later became bestsellers, including Terry Brooks, David Eddings, Barbara Hambly, and Stephen R. Donaldson.
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