Friday, November 14, 2008

Weird Heroes 6 - Byron Preiss

The 'second cycle' of weird heroes anthologies apparently, after doing a couple of earlier books and some novels. This volume is ok. The most interesting thing is actually a lengthy reminiscence by Edmond Hamilton, or 'The World Saver' as they call him here. Seen him called the World Wrecker, too, so he's got it both ways, it seems. He talks about early magazine stories in the twenties, to writing in the sixties, and also working in comics - mentioning that he generally preferred the sf stuff - Superman, the Legion of Superheroes (Triplicate Girl very tricky, apparently). One anecdote about living in nowheresville Ohio as he didn't like living in NY - so on the phone a lot to editors - and early on only a party line, so his discussions with Mort Weisinger about comic plots could freak out several old ladies at once! Those interested in Hamilton can likely find this book secondhand - the interview would make it worth the couple of bucks.

Also of note is the start of Ben Bova's Orion saga, which is the best of the stories.

Weird Heroes 6 : Shinbet Investigates - Ron Goulart
Weird Heroes 6 : Orion [Orion] - Ben Bova
Weird Heroes 6 : Greatheart Silver in The First Command or Inglories Galore [Greatheart Silver] - Philip José Farmer
Weird Heroes 6 : Galactic Gumshoe - Arthur Byron Cover

One worm guy, one Basher society, one case.

3 out of 5


The origin of the man who has all the brain hemispheres working independently, and the conflict between Ormazd and Ahriman.

3.5 out of 5


One dirigible, one wife, two ravens, and lots and lots of bad guys for Greatheart Silver.

3.5 out of 5


A girl, a monster, a big fancy sword.

3 out of 5




3.5 out of 5

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