Grand Masters' Choice

~ A Collection of Short Stories by Various Authors

Edited by Andre Norton & Ingrid Zierhut

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Grand Master's Choice




 Contains ~

  • Vii~ Introduction by Robert Bloch
  • 05~ The Long Watch (ss) by Robert A. Heinlein, The American Legion Magazine Dec. (1949)
  • 21~ With Folded Hands... [Humanoids] (nv) by Jack Williamson, Astounding Jul. (1947)
  • 63~ The Autumn Land (nv) by Clifford D. Simak, The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction Oct. (1971)
  • 85~ A Gun for Dinosaur [Reginald Rivers] (nv) by L. Sprague de Camp, Galaxy Mar. (1956)
  • 113~ Lean Times in Lankhmar [Fafhrd & Gray Mouser] (nv) by Fritz Leiber, Fantastic Nov. (1959)
  • 149~ The Toads of Grimmerdale (na) by Andre Norton, Flashing Swords! # 2 (1973) Edited by Lin Carter, Published by Dell, PB, # 3123, $0.95, 268pg ~ Also available in the U.K. (Mayflower 1975)
  • 195~ Transit of Earth (ss) by Arthur C. Clarke, Playboy Jan. (1971) Omni May (1984)
  • 211~ The Last Question (ss) by Isaac Asimov, Science Fiction Quarterly Nov, (1956)


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Synopsis ~

Write-up from the front flap of dust jacket ~

Grande Masters' Choice, the Noreascon III book, is edited by Andre Norton, herself one of the Grandmasters, with assistance from Ingrid Zierhut. The stories, chosen by the authors, are either personal favorites, representative of their particular mode of work, or both. The authors, all of whom have been formerly recognized as Grandmasters by their professional colleagues in the Science Fiction Writers of America, represent the top of the field over the past fifty (or more) years. In Addition to the stories, this volume has an introduction by Robert Bloch plus introductions to the individual stories by Andre Norton and Ingrid Zierhut dealing with the careers and the works that the editors consider to be of greatest importance. Just look at this line-up - Robert A. Heinlein, Jack Williamson, Clifford D. Simak, L. Sprague de Camp, Fritz Leiber, Andre Norton, Arthur C. Clarke, and Issac Asimov. One can't do any better.


Write-up from the back of the paperback edition ~

The Best of the Best
Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clark, L. Sprague de Camp, Robert A. Heinlein, Fritz Leiber, Andre Norton, Clifford D. Simak & Jack Williamson
These eight great authors share a unique position in science fiction and fantasy. They are all Grand Masters of Science Fiction, as lauded by their peers, the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America.
Each Grand Master was asked to name that he or she felt was their finest short work produced during the career that earned this singular honor. The eight stories chosen by the eight Grand Masters comprise the main contents of this book. All the stories are memorable; many are reprinted for the first time in many years.
Also contained are essays about the authors, and an introduction by Robert Bloch. Altogether, Grand Masters’ Choice is a fitting tribute to eight of the greatest writers in the field, entertaining readers with the words they themselves are most proud to have written. 


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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • (1989) Published by NESFA Press, HC, 0-915-36842-0, 978-0-915-36842-6, $15.00, 221pg ~ cover by Bob Eggleton ~ Anthology of eight stories by the Grand Masters of the field. This is the Noreascon Three convention book, a limited edition of 1025 copies. The first 275 are slip-cased, specially bound copies signed by Andre Norton (0-915-36894-3, $35.00) which went out of print at the convention. {Dark Green Cloth Boards}
  • (1991) Published by TOR, PB, 0-812-50619-7, 978-0-812-50619-8, $3.99, 355pg ~ cover by Bob Eggleton


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