Sunday, July 29, 2007

Fourth Planet From the Sun - Gordon Van Gelder

This is definitely a good collection, as it averages 3.67. From adjusted rating formula, and story qualities that suggests 4.25, so an actual line ball. Given the editor throws in a bit of commentary and insight, and not just author bibliographies, worth rounding up to 4.5.

Fourth Planet from the Sun : The Wilderness - Ray Bradbury
Fourth Planet from the Sun : Mars Is Ours - Alfred Coppel
Fourth Planet from the Sun : Crime on Mars - Arthur C. Clarke
Fourth Planet from the Sun : Purple Priestess of the Mad Moon - Leigh Brackett
Fourth Planet from the Sun : A Rose for Ecclesiastes - Roger Zelazny
Fourth Planet from the Sun : We Can Remember It for You Wholesale - Philip K. Dick
Fourth Planet from the Sun : Hellas Is Florida - Gordon Eklund and Gregory Benford
Fourth Planet from the Sun : In the Hall of the Martian Kings - John Varley
Fourth Planet from the Sun : The First Mars Mission - Robert F. Young
Fourth Planet from the Sun : The Last Mars Trip - Michael Cassutt
Fourth Planet from the Sun : The Great Martian Pyramid Hoax - Jerry Oltion
Fourth Planet from the Sun : Pictures from an Expedition - Alex Irvine


Will I stay or Will I go, now?

3.5 out of 5


East-West nuclear conflict, extended.

3.5 out of 5


Timezone tripup.

3.5 out of 5


Old time sacrifice.

3 out of 5


Martian miscegenation mission.

4 out of 5


Brain alteration badness.

4 out of 5


Martian life is odd.

2.5 out of 5


Local accomodations mostly plastic.

4 out of 5


Barsoom existence is rocky.

4 out of 5


Areolife assist.

4 out of 5


Wild space goose chase.

3.5 out of 5


Mars mission fishbowl celebrity betting isolation.

4.5 out of 5





4.5 out of 5

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