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Walter Miller, Jr.

"Anybody Else Like Me?"
(also as "Command Performance")
© Galaxy, Nov 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ cool sf story


"Conditionally Human" (coll)
© Ballantine Books, 1962
larger collection: Corgi Books, 1982 (UK)
--/ fourth place sf collection
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ emotion award

This review is based on UK edition - with 6 stories. Great selection from the pulps - and good style / writing. Very satisfying collection, prime stuff. Maybe the best presentation of Miller in adventure mode.
review: 30-Jun-06 (read in 1992)


"The Big Hunger"
© Astounding, Oct 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Big Joe and the Nth Generation"
(also as "It Takes a Thief")
© IF, May 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965

"Blood Bank"
© Astounding, Jun 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ fourth place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"A Canticle for Leibowitz" (nv)
(also as "The First Canticle")
(A Canticle for Leibowitz series)
© F&SF, Apr 1955
novel: Lippincott, 1960
--novelette : 1999 Locus All-Time Poll /6 (tie)
--novel : 1961 Hugo W
--book : 1966 Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll /10
--all time novel : 1975 Locus All-Time Poll /5
--all time sf novel : 1987 Locus All-Time Poll /7
--sf novel: 1998 Locus All-Time Poll /7

--/ fourth place sf novel
--/ wonder award
--/ style award

"Command Performance"
(also as "Anybody Else Like Me?")
© Galaxy, Nov 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"Crucifixus Etiam"
(also as "The Sower Does Not Reap")
© Astounding, Feb 1953
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"Dark Benediction"
© Fantastic Adventures, Sep 1951
Conditionally Human, 1962
--/ fourth place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award

"Death of a Spaceman"
(also as "Memento Homo")
© Amazing Mar 1954
Amazing Stories, March 1969
--/ cool sf story

"Dumb Waiter"
© Astounding, April 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ third place sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award

"The Hoofer"
© Fantastic Universe, Sep 1955
--/ cool sf story

"I, Dreamer"
© Amazing Stories, Jun 1953
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"It Takes a Thief"
(also as " Big Joe and the Nth Generation")
© IF, May 1952
The View from the Stars, 1965

"The Little Creeps"
© Amazing Stories, Dec 1951
Fantastic, May 1968
--/ cool sf story

"Memento Homo"
(also as "Death of a Spaceman")
© Amazing Mar 1954
Amazing Stories, March 1969
--/ cool sf story

"Please Me Plus Three"
© Other Worlds, Aug 1952

"The Reluctant Traitor"
© Amazing Stories, Jan 1952
--/ cool sf novella
--/ rare find

"Secret Of The Death Dome"
© Amazing Stories, Jan 1951
Amazing Stories, Jun 1966
--/ cool sf novella
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ shock value
--/ rare find

"Six and Ten Are Johnny" (nv)
© Fantastic, Sum 1952
Fantastic, Jan 1966
--/ third place space sf story
--/ wonder award
--/ adventure award
--/ style award
--/ idea award
--/ rare find

"The Soul-Empty Ones"
© Astounding, Aug 1951
--/ cool sf novella

"The Sower Does Not Reap"
(also as "Crucifixus Etiam")
© Astounding, Feb 1953
The View from the Stars, 1965
--/ cool sf story

"Wolf Pack"
© Fantastic, Sep 1953
Fantastic, May 1966


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