The Long Night of Waiting

~ A Short Story by Andre Norton


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Synopsis ~

In 1861, Lizzy and Matt Mendal, aged 11 and 5, began crossing their father's field to take him his lunch - a journey that would not end for 110 years. Before their father's eyes, the children vanished into thin air; their parents never saw them again, and put up a marker on the spot where the children disappeared, to mark their long night of waiting. In 1971, three other children - Rick, Lesley, and Alex - on their way home from school meet two scared, lost strangers their own age.

 

Write-up from a fan ~

Alex, Rick and Lesley discover that the two children, Matt and Lizzie, they'd found in the old orchard are gone -- back to where they came. Rick tries to explain to Alex that Matt had gone back, "He didn't come from here" even though Matt insisted the old farmhouse was HIS home. Lesley remembers the "funny old stone" they'd found in the orchard: "A long night of waiting / to the memory of our dear children / Lizzy and Mathew Mendal / Who disappeared on this spot / June 23, 1861. ~ SL

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • Long Night of Waiting and Other Stories (1974) Edited by Roger Elwood, Published by Aurora, HC, 0-876-95149-3, $6.95, 212pg

Long Night of Waiting and Other Stories, edited by Roger Elwood, inaugurates Aurora's Science Fiction Series, This collection of original short stories is headed by the leading writers in the field of Science Fiction, Andre Norton, Eando Binder, William Carlson and A. E. Van Vogt set the standard for this and future volumes in this Series ln “A Long Night of Waiting,” Andre Norton sets the tenor of the collection with at marvelous combination of science fiction and fantasy. Eando Binder has had a long successful career and in “Resemblance to Magic.” one wonders how each succeeding work by this master can surpass the last. Other series authors include: Joan C. Holly, Joseph L. Green, Chad Oliver, Barry Malzberg, and Phyllis Eisenstein.

Contents
    i • Foreword (Long Night of Waiting and Other Stories) • essay by Theodore Sturgeon
    3 • The Long Night of Waiting • shortstory by Andre Norton
    27 • Teleprobe • shortstory by Phyllis Eisenstein
    51 • Like a Diamond in the Sky • shortstory by Mary C. McKinley
    63 • The Proper Study • shortstory by J. Hunter Holly [as by Joan C. Holly ]
    77 • Natural History • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg
    85 • The Most Forgetable Story in the World • shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
    91 • Unreasonable Facsimile • shortstory by Bob Shaw
    113 • The Singing Cliffs of Faunus • shortstory by Miriam Bunch
    127 • Earth Mother • shortstory by Carolyn Gloeckner
    137 • Thirty-Three and One-Third • shortstory by Jack Dann and George Zebrowski [as by George Zebrowski and Jack M. Dann ]
    147 • Old Max • shortstory by B. J. Lytle
    155 • The Trippers • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg [as by Robin Schaeffer ]
    165 • Any Resemblance to Magic • shortstory by Otto Binder [as by Eando Binder ]
    183 • First Mission • novelette by William K. Carlson
    211 • Epilogue: The Future of Science Fiction • essay by Audrey L. Bilker and Harvey L. Bilker

  • The Book of Andre Norton (1975) Edited by Rodger Elwood, Published by DAW, PB, 0-451-UY119-8, $1.25, 221pg ~ cover by Jack Gaughan
  • Moon Mirror (1988) Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-93098-4, $17.95, 250pg ~ cover by Yvonne Gilbert
  • Isaac Asimov’s Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Faeries (1991) Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, Published by ROC, PB, 0-451-45061-2, $4.99, 374pg

Contents
    1 • Fairyland • essay by Isaac Asimov
    4 • How the Fairies Came to Ireland • (1902) • shortstory by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh [as by Herminie Templeton ]
    15 • The Manor of Roses • [John & Stephen] • (1966) • novella by Thomas Burnett Swann
    79 • The Fairy Prince • (1911) • shortstory by H. C. Bailey
    93 • The Ugly Unicorn • shortstory by Jessica Amanda Salmonson
    105 • The Brownie of the Black Hags • (1828) • shortstory by James Hogg
    121 • The Dream of Akinosuké • (1904) • shortstory by Lafcadio Hearn
    128 • Elfinland • novelette by Ludwig Tieck (trans. of Die Elfen 1812) [as by Johann Ludwig Tieck ]
    148 • Darby O'Gill and the Good People • (1901) • shortstory by Herminie Templeton Kavanagh [as by Herminie Templeton ]
    161 • No-Man's-Land • (1899) • novella by John Buchan
    208 • The Prism • (1901) • shortstory by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman [as by Mary E. Wilkins ]
    220 • The Kith of the Elf-Folk • (1908) • shortstory by Lord Dunsany
    235 • The Secret Place • (1966) • shortstory by Richard McKenna [as by Richard M. McKenna ]
    252 • The King of the Elves • (1953) • novelette by Philip K. Dick
    274 • Flying Pan • (1956) • shortstory by Robert F. Young
    284 • My Father, the Cat • (1957) • shortstory by Henry Slesar
    292 • Kid Stuff • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
    307 • The Long Night of Waiting • (1974) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    325 • The Queen of Air and Darkness • (1971) • novella by Poul Anderson

  • Treasures of Fantasy (1997) Edited by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman & Martin H. Greenberg, Published by EOS, TP, 0-061-05327-9, $14.00, 401pg ~ cover by Paul Youll
  • Treasures of Fantasy (1999) Edited by Margaret Weis, Tracy Hickman & Martin H. Greenberg, Published by HarperPrism, PB, 0-061-05630-8, $6.99, 576pg ~ cover by Paul Youll

Contents
    ix • Introduction (Treasures of Fantasy) • essay by Margaret Weis
    2 • A Proper Santa Claus • (1973) • shortstory by Anne McCaffrey
    12 • Wet Wings • (1996) • shortstory by Mercedes Lackey
    18 • Not Long Before the End • [Magic Goes Away] • (1969) • shortstory by Larry Niven
    32 • The Queen of Air and Darkness • (1971) • novella by Poul Anderson
    82 • Comes Now the Power • (1966) • shortstory by Roger Zelazny
    90 • Lady of the Skulls • (1993) • shortstory by Patricia A. McKillip
    102 • The Long Night of Waiting • (1974) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    120 • A Dozen of Everything • (1959) • shortstory by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    126 • Sandmagic • [Mither Mages] • (1979) • novelette by Orson Scott Card
    146 • Narrow Valley • (1966) • shortstory by R. A. Lafferty
    162 • Guinevere's Truth • (1996) • shortstory by Jennifer Roberson
    166 • Storm in a Bottle • [Brak] • (1977) • novella by John Jakes
    210 • Sail On! Sail On! • (1952) • shortstory by Philip José Farmer
    222 • My Dear Emily • (1962) • shortstory by Joanna Russ
    246 • The Dragonbone Flute • (1992) • shortstory by Lois Tilton
    258 • The Man Who Loved the Sea • (1995) • shortstory by Alan Brennert
    278 • The Same to You Doubled • (1970) • shortstory by Robert Sheckley
    290 • The Dreamstone • (1979) • shortstory by C. J. Cherryh
    306 • The Seventh Mandarin • (1970) • shortstory by Jane Yolen
    312 • The Montavarde Camera • (1959) • shortstory by Avram Davidson
    328 • Shottle Bop • (1941) • novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
    356 • The King of the Elves • (1953) • novelette by Philip K. Dick
    378 • Salve, Regina • (1996) • shortstory by Melanie Rawn
    392 • The Ones Who Walk Away from Omelas • (1973) • shortstory by Ursula K. Le Guin

  • Isaac Asimov’s Magical Worlds of Fantasy: Faeries (2000) Edited by Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg & Charles G. Waugh, Published by Barnes & Nobles Books, TP, 0-760-72369-9, 978-0-760-72369-2, $10.95, 374pg - contents same as above

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1993) Combined with "Operation Time Search", "Catseye", "Long Live Lord Kor!", "Mousetrap", "All Cats Are Gray" all translation by L. Deutsch, "The Gifts of Asti" translation by N. Rezanova, and "Garan the Eternal" translation by N. Khokhlova ~ Published in Niahny Novgorod, by Phlox, 5-871-98046-5, HC, 480pg ~ "The Long Night of Waiting" translation by L. Deutsch ~ cover by A. Tarasov ~ Russian title Долгая ночь ожидания [The Long Night of Waiting]

 

 

 

 

 

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