Mousetrap

~ A Short Story by Andre Norton


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Synopsis ~

The "sand monsters" of Mars are mysterious statues in the desert, that have withstood time, storm, and extreme heat and cold ~ but they crumble into dust at a touch. The tourist bureaus (and the Space Marines) now have the surviving statues protected from everyone trying out his personal version of superglue (since the museums and scientists have gigantic standing rewards for anyone who can get one to Earth). Any would-be hero will have to find an undiscovered sand monster to get a chance at the reward.

 

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The early explorers / colonist on Mars find a number of statues near the hills and cliffs on Mars. These statues are usually blurred copies of strange and grotesque beings, but one "dessert spider" as mineral prospectors are called (for the benefit of tourist -- drunken bum among the colonists) keeps raving about his "lovely lady". Since these statues are also prone to disintegrate when disturbed, there's a standing reward for anyone who can stabilize them. A chemical company representative persuades the desert spider to show him his lovely lady; with intentions of testing his new formula on her. Well, it doesn't work. The disappointment shocks the dessert spider into sobriety, and he plans to show the chemist just how these statues have been formed. ~ SL

 

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Bibliography of English Editions ~

  • The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction - Jun. (1954), Edited by Anthony Boucher & J. Francis McComas, Published by Fantasy House Inc., $0.35, 132pg, (pgs. 47-52) ~ cover by Kirberger
  • Best Science Fiction Stories and Novels (1955) Edited by T. E. Dikty, Published by Fredrick Fell, HC, $4.50, 544pg

Contents
    9 • The Science-Fiction Year • essay by T. E. Dikty
    26 • The Cold Equations • (1954) • novelette by Tom Godwin
    57 • Of Course • (1954) • shortstory by Chad Oliver
    73 • Dominions Beyond • (1954) • shortstory by Ward Moore
    89 • Guilty as Charged • shortstory by Arthur Porges
    99 • Careless Love • (1954) • shortstory by Bud Foote [as by Albert Compton Friborg ]
    122 • Memento Homo • (1954) • shortstory by Walter M. Miller, Jr. (variant of Death of a Spaceman)
    144 • Mousetrap • (1954) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    153 • Christmas Trombone • (1954) • shortstory by Raymond E. Banks
    166 • One Thousand Miles Up • (1954) • shortstory by Frank M. Robinson
    184 • How-2 • (1954) • novelette by Clifford D. Simak
    230 • Heirs Apparent • (1954) • novelette by Robert Abernathy
    257 • John's Other Practice • (1954) • shortstory by Winston K. Marks [as by Winston Marks ]
    274 • The Inner Worlds • (1954) • novelette by William Morrison
    311 • The Will • (1954) • shortstory by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
    330 • Felony • (1954) • shortstory by James Causey
    341 • The Littlest People • (1954) • shortstory by Raymond E. Banks
    360 • One Way Street • (1953) • shortstory by Jerome Bixby
    384 • Axolotl • (1954) • shortstory by Robert Abernathy
    401 • Exile • (1954) • novella by Everett B. Cole
    479 • Nightmare Blues • (1954) • novelette by Frank Herbert (variant of Operation Syndrome)
    525 • The Science-Fiction Book Index • essay by Earl Kemp

  • The Many Worlds of Andre Norton (1974) Edited by Roger Elwood, Published by Chilton, HC, 0-801-95927-6, LCCN 74010980, $6.95, 208pg ~ cover by Charles Geer
  • 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
  • The Eureka Years: Boucher and McComas's Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction 1949-1954 (1982) Edited by Annette Pelz McComas, Published by Bantam, PB, 0-553-20673-7, $3.50, 348pg ~ (pg 282) ~ classics from the beginnings of Science Fiction's most distinguished publication. ~ Introduction by Theodore Sturgeon.

Contents
    ix • Introduction (The Eureka Years) • essay by Theodore Sturgeon
    xiii • Preface (The Eureka Years) • essay by Annette McComas [as by Annette Peltz McComas ]
    1 • Autobiographies • essay by Anthony Boucher
    2 • Autobiographies [2] • essay by J. Francis McComas
    6 • The Birth and Growth • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Joseph W. Ferman and Lawrence E. Spivak
    26 • The Model of a Science Fiction Editor • (1952) • poem by Anthony Boucher
    29 • Sturgeon-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Theodore Sturgeon
    32 • The Hurkle Is a Happy Beast • (1949) • shortstory by Theodore Sturgeon
    41 • Bradbury-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Ray Bradbury
    45 • The Exiles • (1949) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
    60 • Clingerman-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and Mildred Clingerman
    62 • Minister Without Portfolio • (1952) • shortstory by Mildred Clingerman
    69 • Trends • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas
    72 • Sorry, But- Rejections and Advice • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas (variant of Sorry, But - Rejections and Advice)
    83 • de Camp/Pratt-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and Fletcher Pratt
    85 • Elephas Frumenti • [Gavagan's Bar] • (1950) • shortstory by L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt
    91 • Henderson-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas
    93 • Come On, Wagon! • (1951) • shortstory by Zenna Henderson
    102 • Bester-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Alfred Bester
    105 • Of Time and Third Avenue • (1951) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
    114 • Matheson-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Richard Matheson
    116 • Dress of White Silk • (1951) • shortstory by Richard Matheson
    120 • Epitaph Near Moonport • (1954) • poem by Sherwood Springer
    122 • The Trade- The Tricks of and the Art of • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas
    128 • Oliver-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and Chad Oliver
    130 • The Boy Next Door • (1951) • shortstory by Chad Oliver
    139 • Knight-Editors Correspondence • essay by J. Francis McComas and Damon Knight
    141 • Not With a Bang • (1950) • shortstory by Damon Knight
    147 • Wellman-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and Manly Wade Wellman
    150 • O Ugly Bird! • [John the Balladeer] • (1951) • shortstory by Manly Wade Wellman
    162 • Skiametric Morphology and Behaviorism of Ganymedeus Sapiens • [Ganymedeus Sapiens] • (1951) • shortfiction by Kenneth R. Deardorf (variant of Skiametric Morphology and Behaviorism of Ganymedeus Sapiens: a Summary of Neoteric Hypotheses)
    168 • Define Your Terms • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas
    173 • Letters to the Editor • (1950) • shortstory by Ron Goulart
    175 • The Foundation of Science Fiction Success • (1954) • poem by Isaac Asimov (variant of The Foundation of S. F. Success)
    178 • The Other Inauguration • (1953) • shortstory by Anthony Boucher
    192 • Anderson-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas and Poul Anderson
    194 • When Half-Gods Go • (1953) • shortstory by Poul Anderson
    205 • Dick-Editors Correspondence • essay by Philip K. Dick
    207 • The Little Movement • (1952) • shortstory by Philip K. Dick
    216 • The Naming of Names • (1953) • poem by Anthony Boucher [as by Herman W. Mudgett ]
    218 • Lists • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas
    224 • Smith-Editors Correspondence • essay by J. Francis McComas and Evelyn E. Smith
    226 • The Last of the Spode • (1953) • shortstory by Evelyn E. Smith
    231 • Asimov-Editors Correspondence • essay by Isaac Asimov
    235 • Flies • (1953) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
    242 • Dickson-Editors Correspondence • essay by Gordon R. Dickson
    244 • Listen! • (1952) • shortstory by Gordon R. Dickson (variant of Listen)
    251 • Porges-Editors Correspondence • essay by Arthur Porges
    255 • The Devil and Simon Flagg • (1954) • shortstory by Arthur Porges
    261 • Limerick • (1951) • poem by Anthony Boucher [as by Herman Mudgett ]
    264 • Predictions • essay by Anthony Boucher
    268 • Brave New Word • (1954) • shortstory by J. Francis McComas
    280 • Norton-Editors Correspondence • essay by Anthony Boucher and Andre Norton
    282 • Mousetrap • (1954) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    289 • Bretnor-Editors Correspondence • essay by J. Francis McComas and Reginald Bretnor
    292 • Cat • (1953) • shortstory by Reginald Bretnor [as by R. Bretnor ]
    312 • Recommended Reading • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas

  • Wizards' Worlds (1989) Edited by Andre Norton and Ingrid Zierhut, Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-93191-3, $17.95, 500pg ~ cover by Lucy Synk
  • The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2 (2000) Edited by Frederick Pohl, Published by TOR, HC, 0-312-86879-0, $25.95, 432pg ~ (pg 18)

Contents
    Introduction (The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 2) • (2000) • essay by Frederik Pohl
    Mousetrap • (1954) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    Were-Wrath • (1984) • novelette by Andre Norton
    All Cats Are Gray • (1953) • shortstory by Andre Norton [as by Andrew North ]
    Serpent's Tooth • (1987) • novella by Andre Norton
    Rescue Party • (1946) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Secret • (1963) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
    Reunion • (1971) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Star • (1955) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
    A Meeting With Medusa • (1971) • novelette by Arthur C. Clarke
    The Last Question • (1956) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
    It's Such a Beautiful Day • (1955) • novelette by Isaac Asimov
    Strikebreaker • (1957) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov
    The Martian Way • (1952) • novella by Isaac Asimov
    Disappearing Act • (1953) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
    Fondly Fahrenheit • (1954) • novelette by Alfred Bester
    Comment on Fondly Fahrenheit • (1970) • essay by Alfred Bester
    The Four-Hour Fugue • (1974) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
    Hobson's Choice • (1952) • shortstory by Alfred Bester
    The City • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
    All Summer in a Day • (1954) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
    There Will Come Soft Rains • [The Martian Chronicles] • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
    The Affluence of Despair • (1998) • essay by Ray Bradbury
    The Million-Year Picnic • [The Martian Chronicles] • (1946) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury (variant of The Million Year Picnic)
    312 • Recommended Reading • essay by Anthony Boucher and J. Francis McComas

  • The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy (2001) Edited by Garyn G. Roberts, Published by Prentice-Hall, TP, 0-130-21280-6, 1184pg (page 816) ~ Note: this is a Collage Course Text Book

Contents
     Amazing Stories, November 1928 (cover) • (1928) • interior artwork by Frank R. Paul (variant of Cover: Amazing Stories, November 1928)
     Astounding Stories, June 1936 (cover) • (1936) • interior artwork by Howard V. Brown (variant of Cover: Astounding Stories, June 1936)
     From Unknown Worlds (cover) • (1948) • interior artwork by Edd Cartier (variant of Cover: From Unknown Worlds)
     Weird Tales, January 1935 (cover) • (1935) • interior artwork by Margaret Brundage (variant of Cover: Weird Tales, January 1935)
    xi • Foreword (The Prentice Hall Anthology of Science Fiction and Fantasy) • essay by Jack Williamson
    xv • Preface: Parameters, or, Amazing Stories versus Weird Tales, Atounding Stories versus Unknown Worlds • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    5 •  The Fall of the House of Usher • (1884) • interior artwork by Charles A. Platt
    7 • Enduring Traditions of Mary Shelley and Edgar Allan Poe • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    8 • The Mortal Immortal: A Tale • (1833) • shortstory by Mary Shelley (variant of The Mortal Immortal) [as by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley ]
    16 • The Fall of the House of Usher • (1839) • shortstory by Edgar Allan Poe
    29 •  The Face in the Abyss • (1940) • interior artwork by Virgil Finlay
    31 • Stories of the Fantastique, Tales of the Quest: Dark Fantasy: Edgar Allan Poe, Howard Phillips Lovecraft, and Stephen King—and Traditions Before, Between, and Since • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    33 • Young Goodman Brown • (1835) • shortstory by Nathaniel Hawthorne
    41 • The Old Nurse's Story • (1852) • novelette by Mrs. Gaskell [as by Elizabeth Gaskell ]
    54 • No. 1 Branch Line: The Signalman • (1866) • shortstory by Charles Dickens (variant of The Signalman)
    62 • The Ghost in the Cap'n Brown House • (1870) • shortstory by Harriet Beecher Stowe
    69 • The Body Snatcher • (1884) • shortstory by Robert Louis Stevenson
    81 • The Damned Thing • (1893) • shortstory by Ambrose Bierce
    87 • Dracula's Guest • [Dracula] • (1914) • shortstory by Bram Stoker
    95 • The Monkey's Paw • (1902) • shortstory by W. W. Jacobs
    101 • The Colour Out of Space • [Cthulhu Mythos] • (1927) • novelette by H. P. Lovecraft
    120 • The Three Marked Pennies • (1934) • shortstory by Mary Elizabeth Counselman
    126 • Catnip • (1948) • shortstory by Robert Bloch
    134 • The Lottery • (1948) • shortstory by Shirley Jackson
    140 • To Serve Man • (1950) • shortstory by Damon Knight
    145 • The Third Level • (1950) • shortstory by Jack Finney
    148 • The Howling Man • (1959) • shortstory by Charles Beaumont
    158 • Duel • (1971) • novelette by Richard Matheson
    174 • The Raft • (1982) • novelette by Stephen King
    193 • Nightcrawlers • (1984) • novelette by Robert R. McCammon
    207 • High Fantasy: Ancestors and Desciples of Robert E. Howard and J. R. R. Tolkien • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    212 • The People of the Pit • (1918) • shortstory by A. Merritt
    224 • Friend Island • (1918) • shortstory by Francis Stevens
    232 • The City of Singing Flame • [Singing Flame] • novelette by Clark Ashton Smith
    257 • The Tower of the Elephant • [Conan] • (1933) • novelette by Robert E. Howard
    272 • Riddles in the Dark • (1937) • shortstory by J. R. R. Tolkien
    283 • Smoke Ghost • (1941) • shortstory by Fritz Leiber
    294 • The Strange Drug of Doctor Caber • [Jorkens] • (1948) • shortstory by Lord Dunsany (variant of The Strange Drug of Dr. Caber 1947)
    297 • The Anything Box • (1956) • shortstory by Zenna Henderson
    306 • The Drowned Giant • (1964) • shortstory by J. G. Ballard
    313 • Red as Blood • (1979) • shortstory by Tanith Lee
    325 • Troll Bridge • (1993) • shortstory by Neil Gaiman (variant of Troll-Bridge)
    332 • Thirteen Phantasms • (1996) • shortstory by James P. Blaylock
    341 •  Twenty Thousand Leaugues Under the Sea • (1870) • interior artwork by uncredited
    343 • Jules Verne, Herbert George Wells, Hugo Gernsback, and the Early Days of Modern Scientifiction • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    346 • The Diamond Lens • (1858) • novelette by Fitz-James O'Brien
    361 • The Clock that Went Backwards • (1881) • shortstory by Edward Page Mitchell
    370 • An Express of the Future • (1895) • shortstory by Michel Verne (variant of Un Express de l'avenir 1888) [as by Jules Verne ]
    373 • The Star • (1897) • shortstory by H. G. Wells
    380 • The Ray of Displacement • (1903) • shortstory by Harriet Prescott Spofford [as by Harriet Elizabeth Prescott Spofford ]
    390 • A Princess of Mars • [Barsoom • 1] • (1912) • novel by Edgar Rice Burroughs
    495 • The Eggs from Lake Tanganyika • (1926) • shortstory by Curt Siodmak
    501 • The Fate of the Poseidonia • (1927) • shortstory by Clare Winger Harris
    515 • The Conquest of Gola • (1931) • shortstory by Leslie F. Stone
    525 • Shambleau • [Northwest Smith] • (1933) • novelette by C. L. Moore
    544 • Robot Nemesis • (1934) • shortstory by Edward E. Smith (variant of What a Course!) [as by E. E. 'Doc' Smith ]
    557 • A Martian Odyssey • [Tweel] • (1934) • novelette by Stanley G. Weinbaum
    574 • Robbie • (1940) • shortstory by Isaac Asimov (variant of Strange Playfellow)
    587 • Jay Score • [Jay Score/Marathon • 1] • (1941) • shortstory by Eric Frank Russell
    599 • The Weapon Shop • [Weapon Shops of Isher] • (1942) • novelette by A. E. van Vogt
    626 • Arena • (1944) • novelette by Fredric Brown
    644 • Thunder and Roses • (1947) • novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
    660 • That Only a Mother • (1948) • shortstory by Judith Merril
    667 • Enchantress of Venus • [Eric John Stark] • (1949) • novella by Leigh Brackett
    709 • The Long Watch • [Future History] • (1949) • shortstory by Robert A. Heinlein
    719 • There Will Come Soft Rains • [The Martian Chronicles] • (1950) • shortstory by Ray Bradbury
    723 • Invasion • (1950) • shortstory by Frank Belknap Long
    728 • The Harpers of Titan • [Captain Future • 23] • (1950) • novelette by Edmond Hamilton
    745 • The Sentinel • [A Space Odyssey] • (1951) • shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke
    751 • Pictures Don't Lie • (1951) • shortstory by Katherine MacLean
    763 • The Lovers • [The Sturch] • (1952) • novella by Philip José Farmer
    816 • Mousetrap • (1954) • shortstory by Andre Norton
    821 • Fondly Fahrenheit • (1954) • novelette by Alfred Bester
    835 • Exiles of Tomorrow • (1955) • shortstory by Marion Zimmer Bradley
    840 • Dust Rag • (1956) • shortstory by Hal Clement
    853 • Or All the Seas with Oysters • (1958) • shortstory by Avram Davidson
    859 • The Store of the Worlds • (1959) • shortstory by Robert Sheckley
    864 • Harrison Bergeron • (1961) • shortstory by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
    869 • Without a Thought • [Berserker] • (1963) • shortstory by Fred Saberhagen (variant of Fortress Ship)
    876 • The Fiend • (1964) • shortstory by Frederik Pohl
    880 • We Can Remember It for You Wholesale • (1966) • novelette by Philip K. Dick
    895 • Driftglass • (1967) • shortstory by Samuel R. Delany
    907 • The Jigsaw Man • [Known Space] • (1967) • shortstory by Larry Niven
    915 • The Last Flight of Dr. Ain • (1969) • shortstory by James Tiptree, Jr.
    922 • Seed Stock • (1970) • shortstory by Frank Herbert
    931 • Roommates • (1971) • novelette by Harry Harrison
    946 • When It Changed • (1972) • shortstory by Joanna Russ
    952 • The Undercity • (1973) • shortstory by Dean R. Koontz
    961 • Opening Fire • (1973) • shortstory by Barry N. Malzberg
    965 • The Engine at Heartspring's Center • (1974) • shortstory by Roger Zelazny
    970 • Ender's Game • [Ender Wiggin] • (1977) • novelette by Orson Scott Card
    996 • Melancholy Elephants • (1982) • shortstory by Spider Robinson
    1006 • Burning Chrome • (1982) • novelette by William Gibson
    1019 • Blood Music • (1983) • novelette by Greg Bear
    1035 • Bloodchild • (1984) • novelette by Octavia E. Butler
    1049 • The Plague Star • [Haviland Tuf] • (1985) • novella by George R. R. Martin
    1107 • Remaking History • (1988) • shortstory by Kim Stanley Robinson
    1116 • The Purchase of Earth • (1998) • shortstory by Jack Williamson
    1125 •  The Steam Man of the Prairies (cover) • (1868) • interior artwork by uncredited
    1127 • How Science Fiction Got Its Name • (1956) • essay by Sam Moskowitz
    1137 • Fantasy and Science Fiction Film and Television • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1140 • Fantasy and Science Fiction Radio Series • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1141 • Fantasy and Science Fiction Comic Strips and Comic Books • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1143 • Fantasy and Science Fiction on the Internet • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1144 • Fantasy and Science Fiction Themes, Motifs, and Settings • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1146 • Cornerstone Studies and Anthologies of Fantasy and Science Fiction in Print Media • essay by Garyn G. Roberts
    1172 • Cornerstone Studies and Anthologies of Fantasy and Science Fiction in Nonprint Media • essay by Garyn G. Roberts

 

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Non-English Editions ~

  • (1989) In "Wings of Night" (a collection of stories) along with "All Cats Are Gary" ~ Published in Minsk, by University, 5-785-50279-8, HC, 464pg ~ translation by E. Drozd ~ cover by C. Balenok ~ Russian title Крылья ночи
  • (1993) Combined with "Operation Time Search", "Catseye", "Long Live Lord Kor!", "All Cats Are Gray", "The Long Night of Waiting" (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 ~ "Mousetrap" translation by L. Deutsch ~ cover by A. Tarasov ~ Russian title Долгая ночь ожидания [The Long Night of Waiting]
  • (1994) In "Charon Does Not Carry Back" (a collection of stories) along with "All Cats Are Gray" ~ Published in Moscow, by Young Guard, 5-235-01956-7, PB, 480pg ~ translation by E. Drozd ~ cover by B. Shikhova ~ Russian title Харон обратно не перевозит

 

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