Best of
Short-Stories

1981

Scary Stories Treasury


Alvin Schwartz - 1981
     Reviews "A wonderful collection of tales that range from creepy to silly to haunting. ...Gammell's drawings add just the right touch..." -- John Scieszka, Entertinment Weekly"Guaranteed to make your teeth chatter and your spine tingle." -- School Library Journal"Read these if you dare." -- The New York Times

Sandkings


George R.R. Martin - 1981
    Now, in search of some new pets to satisfy his cruel pursuit of amusement, Simon finds a new shop in the city where he is intrigued by a new lifeform he has never heard of before... a collection of multi-colored sandkings. The curator explains that the insect-like animals, no larger than Simon's fingernails, are not insects, but animals with a highly-evolved hive intelligence capable of staging wars between the different colors, and even religion - in the form of worship of their owner. The curator's warning to Simon about the regularity of their feeding, unfortunately, was not taken seriously... Contents:- The Way of Cross and Dragon- Bitterblooms- In the House of the Worm- Fast-Friend- The Stone City- Starlady- Sandkings

What We Talk About When We Talk About Love


Raymond Carver - 1981
    Alternate-cover edition can be found here In his second collection, Carver establishes his reputation as one of the most celebrated and beloved short-story writers in American literature—a haunting meditation on love, loss, and companionship, and finding one’s way through the dark.

Sixty Stories


Donald Barthelme - 1981
    Here are urban upheavals reimagined as frontier myth; travelogues through countries that might have been created by Kafka; cryptic dialogues that bore down to the bedrock of our longings, dreams, and angsts. Like all of Donald's work, the sixty stories collected in this volume are triumphs of language and perception, at once unsettling and irresistible.

In the Land of Dreamy Dreams


Ellen Gilchrist - 1981
    Peopled largely with young southern females who chafe against the restrictions of their upper-class lives, these stories convey the humor and tragedy to be found wherever retreat into imagination is preferred over reality. Introduced here are Nora Jane Whittington, Rhoda Manning, and other recurring Gilchrist characters beloved for their failures, tenacity, and all-too-human hope in the face of frustrated love.

Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark


Alvin Schwartz - 1981
    This spooky addition to Alvin Schwartz's popular books on American folklore is filled with tales of eerie horror and dark revenge that will make you jump with fright.There is a story here for everyone—skeletons with torn and tangled flesh who roam the earth; a ghost who takes revenge on her murderer; and a haunted house where every night a bloody head falls down the chimney.Stephen Gammell's splendidly creepy drawings perfectly capture the mood of more than two dozen scary stories—and even scary songs—all just right for reading alone or for telling aloud in the dark.If You Dare!

The End of the Story


Clark Ashton Smith - 1981
    Series editors Scott Conners and Ronald S. Hilger excavated the still-existing manuscripts, letters and various published versions of the stories, creating a definitive "preferred text" for Smith's entire body of work. This first volume of the series, brings together 25 of his fantasy stories, written between 1925 and 1930, including such classics as "The Abominations of Yondo," "The Monster of the Prophecy," "The Last Incantation" and the title story.

The Unabridged Jack London


Jack London - 1981
    Included here, in addition to his classic novels and short story collections, is a group of "uncollected" short stories, some of which have never appeared in book form. We have sought, wherever possible, to use only first editions of London's work - the only way, we feel, to convey the truly original spirit of London's boundless imagination, his insight into humankind's passion for adventure, and his gripping life view.Three novels...and 54 short stories, some of them never available in book form, that exemplify two sides of Jack London (1876-1916): the quiet, contemplative writer of San Francisco and the bruising, lusty adventurer of the Yukon and the Pacific. - THE NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEWCover Illustration: Gill Cohen

Winter Count


Barry Lopez - 1981
    . . . [These] stories expand of their own accord, lingering in the mind the way intense light lingers in the retina."  --Los Angeles Times"Animals and landscapes have not had this weight, this precision, in American fiction since Hemingway's young heroes were fishing the streams of upper Michigan and Spain." --San Francisco ChronicleA flock of great blue herons descending through a snowstorm to the streets of New York. . . . A river in Nebraska disappearing mysteriously. . . . A ghostly herd of buffalo that sings a song of death. . . . A mystic who raises constellations of stones from the desert floor. . . . All these are to be found in Winter Count, the exquisite and rapturous collection by the National Book Award-winning author of Arctic Dreams.In these resonant and unpredictable stories Barry Lopez proves that he is one of the most important and original writers at work in America today. With breathtaking skill and a few deft strokes he produces painfully beautiful scenes. Combining the real with the wondrous, he offers us a pure vision of people alive to the immediacy and spiritual truth of nature."Powerful. . . . [Lopez] can steal your breath away." --Minneapolis Tribune"Richly allusive, moving, compassionate, these stories celebrate the web of nature that holds the world together." --The Philadelphia Inquirer

The Further Adventures of Sherlock Holmes


Arthur Conan Doyle - 1981
    Shreffler, long-time member of the famous Sherlock Holmes society known as 'The Baker Street Irregulars'.

Wodehouse on Crime


P.G. Wodehouse - 1981
    One dozen prime examples of the late writer's stories about crime, criminals, and cunning detectives include "The Crime Wave at Blandings," "Strychnine in the Soup," and "Ukridge's Accident Syndicate"

Blast #1


Wyndham Lewis - 1981
    A facsimile edition of the first issue of the 'Blast', which documents in its in original format the raw energy, violent humor, graphic inventiveness and intellectual hard edge of the most compelling and vital magazine project of the modernist movement.

Unaccompanied sonata & other stories


Orson Scott Card - 1981
    Introduction.--Ender's game.--Kingsmeat.--Deep breathingexercises.--Closing the timelid.--I put my blue genes on.--Eumenidesin the fourth floor lavatory.--Mortal gods.--Quietus.--The monkeysthought 'twas all in fun.--The porcelain salamander.--Unaccompaniedsonata.--Afterword: On origins.

Ellis Island and Other Stories


Mark Helprin - 1981
    Winner of the Prix de Rome and the National Jewish Book Award, these ten stories and the title novella, "Ellis Island," exhibit tremendous range and versatility of style and technique, yet are closely unified in their beauty and in their concern with enduring and universal questions.

The Early Asimov: Book Two


Isaac Asimov - 1981
    A ghost sues for the legal right to haunt a house...a new world is discovered, inhabited by robots, & only by robots...& the author of the famous Reginald de Meister detective series finds he has a new rival in love: Reginald de Meister.Contents 9 • Introduction (The Early Asimov Volume 2) • (1973) • essay by Isaac Asimov 13 • Homo Sol • [Homo Sol • 1] • (1940) • short story by Isaac Asimov 35 • Half-Breeds on Venus • [Half-Breed • 2] • (1940) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 61 • The Imaginary • [Homo Sol • 2] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 79 • Heredity • (1941) • novelette by Isaac Asimov 105 • History • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 119 • Christmas on Ganymede • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 135 • The Little Man on the Subway • (1950) • short story by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl [as by Isaac Asimov and James MacCreigh] 148 • The Hazing • [Homo Sol • 3] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 165 • Super-Neutron • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 180 • Not Final! • (1941) • short story by Isaac Asimov 199 • Legal Rites • (1950) • novelette by Isaac Asimov and Frederik Pohl [as by Isaac Asimov and James MacCreigh] 231 • Time Pussy • [Probability Zero] • (1942) • short story by Isaac Asimov 235 • Appendix -- The Sixty Stories of the Campbell Years • (1973) • essay by uncredited

Out of the Everywhere, and Other Extraordinary Visions


James Tiptree Jr. - 1981
    Collection of science fiction stories, two of which are original. STORIES: Angel Fix (1974); Beaver Tears (1976); Your Faces, O My Sisters! Your Faces Filled of Light! (1976); The Screwfly Solution (1977); Time-Sharing Angel (1977); We Who Stole the Dream (1978); Slow Music (1980); A Source of Innocent Merriment (1980); Out of the Everywhere; With Delicate Mad Hands.

A Small, Good Thing


Raymond Carver - 1981
    It was included in the story collection Cathedral, published in 1983.

The Art of Living and Other Stories


John Gardner - 1981
    Here are enchanting tales about queens and kings and princesses in magical, timeless lands; marvelously warm and funny stories that move, amuse, and enlighten us as they probe the mysterious and profound relation between art and life." This is a hardcover edition of The Art of Living and Other Stories, written by John Gardner and published by Alfred A. Knopf in 1981. It is a self-stated First Printing, with stunning woodcuts by Mary Azarian.

The Company of Wolves


Angela Carter - 1981
    The first story is about a witch that turned a whole wedding ceremony into wolves. She likes them coming to her cabin and howling their misery for it soothes her. The following story is about a young lady and a man that are about to have sex on their wedding night. As they get ready, the husband says he needs to stop and relieve himself in the forest. The wife waits and he never returns. Off in the distance you can hear a wolf howling. She then figures her husband will never return and marries a new man. With her new husband she bears children. Her first husband comes back and sees his wife and the story unravels... Later we meet a girl walking in the woods. She was loved by everyone and feared nothing. She made a deal with a hunter; whoever can get to the grandmothers house first wins. If the hunter wins she owes him a kiss. She lets the hunter win because she wants to kiss him. The hunter arrives at the grandmothers house but she's frail and sick, holding a Bible for protection. The last thing she sees is the young man at the foot of her bed.... "See! sweet and sound she sleeps in granny's bed, between the paws of the tender wolf."

In The Shade Of Spring Leaves: The Life Of Higuchi Ichiyo, With Nine Of Her Best Stories


Ichiyō Higuchi - 1981
    In her brief life she wrote poems, essays, short stories and a great, multivolume diary. This book is made up of a critical biography, interlaced with extracts from the diary, and Robert Danly's translations of nine representative stories.

Alarms and Diversions


James Thurber - 1981
    Thurber," "Get Thee to a Monastery" and "The Moribundant Life, or Grow Old Along with Whom?""His writings will be a document of the age they belong to." --T.S. Eliot

Born Indian


W.P. Kinsella - 1981
    Kinsella meant little or nothing to readers of Canadian fiction. Dance Me Outside, a collection of stories about the Indian reserve near Hobbema in southern Alberta, changed all that. Then came Scars and now Born Indian, a new collection of stories about such old friends as Silas Ermineskin, Frank Fence-post and Mad Etta. Comedy is rare in Canadian writing and Kinsella is treasured above all for his sense of humour. He also knows how to tell a story, which makes him a delightful companion in any season.

The Bamboo Sword: And Other Samurai Tales


Shuhei Fujisawa - 1981
    It was a period of upheaval and change as the rulers carved out their territories and clan politics were full of intrigue, rivalry and betrayals. The samurai were still valued for their swordsmanship, and were a cut above the peasants, artisans, and merchants in the social hierarchy. Without battles to fight, however, they struggled to retain their sense of pride and meaning in life as they devoted themselves to mundane jobs, marriage and family. The occasional flash of the sword and samurai discipline were tempered by the unexpected intrusion of human interaction. Sympathies, conspiracies, kindnesses, enmities-all kinds of odd relationships were formed and conflicts resolved in surprising ways. These tales are colorful, atmospheric, exciting, tender, violent and gently ironic.The Bamboo Sword and Other Samurai Tales is published as part of the Japanese Literature Publishing Project (JLPP), which is run by the Japanese Literature Publishing and Promotion Center (J-Lit Center) on behalf of the Agency for Cultural Affairs of Japan.

Eclogues: Eight Stories


Guy Davenport - 1981
    Eclogues is a delight, and Guy Davenport proves a companionable and witty guide.

The Arbor House Treasury of Horror and the Supernatural


Martin H. Greenberg - 1981
    G. WellsThe Middle Toe of the Right Foot • (1890) • short story by Ambrose BiercePickman's Model • (1927) • short story by H.P. LovecraftYours Truly, Jack the Ripper • (1943) • short story by Robert BlochThe Screaming Laugh • (1938) • novelette by Cornell WoolrichA Rose for Emily • (1930) • short story by William FaulknerBianca's Hands • (1947) • short story by Theodore SturgeonThe Girl with the Hungry Eyes • (1949) • short story by Fritz LeiberShut a Final Door • (1947) • short story by Truman CapoteCome and Go Mad • (1949) • novelette by Fredric BrownThe Scarlet King • (1955) • short story by Evan HunterSticks • (1974) • novelette by Karl Edward WagnerSardonicus • (1961) • novelette by Ray RussellA Teacher's Rewards • (1970) • short story by Robert S. PhillipsThe Roaches • (1965) • short story by Thomas M. DischThe Jam • (1958) • short story by Henry SlesarBlack Wind • (1979) • short story by Bill PronziniThe Road to Mictlantecutli • (1965) • short story by Adobe JamesPassengers • (1968) • short story by Robert SilverbergThe Explosives Expert • (1967) • short story by John LutzCall First • (1975) • short story by Ramsey CampbellThe Fly • (1952) • short story by Arthur PorgesNamesake • (1981) • short story by Elizabeth MortonCamps • (1979) • novelette by Jack DannYou Know Willie • (1957) • short story by Theodore R. CogswellThe Mindworm • (1950) • short story by C.M. KornbluthWarm • (1953) • short story by Robert SheckleyTransfer • (1975) • short story by Barry N. MalzbergThe Doll • (1980) • novelette by Joyce Carol OatesIf Damon Comes • (1978) • short story by Charles L. GrantMass Without Voices • (1979) • shortfiction by Arthur L. SamuelsThe Oblong Room • (1967) • short story by Edward D. HochThe Party • (1967) • short story by William F. NolanThe Crate • (1979) • novelette by Stephen King

A Hundred Camels in the Courtyard


Paul Bowles - 1981
    Thus, of the men in these stories, Salam uses suggestions supplied by smoking kif to rid himself of a possible enemy. He of the Assembly catches himself up in the mesh of his own kif-dream and begins to act it out in reality; Idir's victory over Lahcen is the classical story of the kif-smoker's ability to outwit the drinker. Driss the soldier, with aid of kif, proves the existence of magic to his enlightened superior officer. For all of them the kif-pipe is the means to attaining a state of communication not only with others but above all with themselves."His work is art. At his best Paul Bowles has no peer." —Time"[W]riters and artists such as Williams, Jack Kerouac, Francis Bacon, Christopher Isherwood, Truman Capote, William S. Burroughs and Allen Ginsberg to Tangier. . .sought Bowles as an oracle, a writer whose work demonstrated its author as an original who saw farther, deeper, and clearer, and who refused to flinch."--The AustralianPaul Bowles (1910-1999) was an expatriate composer, author, and translator. His other famous literary works include The Sheltering Sky, Travels: Collected Writings 1950-1993, and Without Stopping

Poems and Sketches of E. B. White


E.B. White - 1981
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Hinterlands


William Gibson - 1981
    When a rescue mission reaches the ship, they find the cosmonaut dead but a seashell grasped in her hand. What follows is the discovery of a passage to another place, where the technology isn't necessarily more advanced but just very different from our Universe. All future missions fail to bring back any digital data, only handwritten notes survive, and the mission crews come back dead or insane. This sets the stage for an intense mystery of what lies on the other side.

Pork


Cris Freddi - 1981
    and sets in motion this powerful - and unusual - collection of animal stories for adults.There is mystery and terror in the great woodland, and there is love. It is a world where fear and death and the survival of the fittest are the pitiless underlying themes. Though they are loosely linked, the stories are written to be read as separate tales, usually with a single main character: an ugly, love-lost squirrel, a wantonly savage stoat, a bat, a veteran hare running before the hounds. They are suspense thrillers or romantic interludes, pure adventure narratives, even horror stories; they all draw us deep into the stern forest through the elements we share with the animals - cold and dark, rain and sun, suspicion, loyalty, the need for warmth and the safety of shelter - above all, the feeling that, even in a world where death is inevitable, there is always enough to make life worth living.The style is clear, straightforward, often very simple, but there is passion as well as knowledge in the book. It brings the wild creates fiercely to life, in a disturbing way, with menace and unease - but vividly, in a literary debut of great imaginative strength.

Midnight Mass (Peter Owen Modern Classic)


Paul Bowles - 1981
    Thirteen stories written in the five years between 1976 and 1981, "Midnight Mass" picks up where Bowles' Collected Stories left off, and includes the wonderful novella-length "Here to Learn", concerning a young Moroccan woman 'adopted' by various affluent Europeans.

The Penguin Book of Russian Short Stories


D.J. Richards - 1981
    20 Russian writers are represented in this collection, beginning with Pushkin, the founder of modern Russian literature, and concluding with contributions from such modern writers as Vladimir Nabokov and Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn.

Company / Ill Seen Ill Said / Worstward Ho / Stirrings Still


Samuel Beckett - 1981
    In Company a solitary hearer lying in blackness calls up images from the far-off past. Ill Seen Ill Said meditates upon an old woman living out her last days alone in an isolated snow-bound cottage, watched over by twelve mysterious sentinels. In Worstward Ho, a breathless speaker unravels the sense of things, acting out the unending injunction to ‘Try again. Fail again. Fail better.’ And Stirrings Still, published in the Guardian a few months before Beckett’s death in 1989, is the last prose work and testament of ‘this great soothsayer of the age, and of the aged’ (Christopher Ricks).The present edition includes several short prose texts (Heard in the Dark I & II, One Evening, The Way, Ceiling) which represent work in progress or works ancillary to the composition of these late masterpieces.Edited by Dirk Van Hulle.

Galaxy: Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction


Frederik Pohl - 1981
    Gold 80 essay Frederik PohlGold on Galaxy 80 essay Horace L. GoldComing Attraction 50 story Fritz LeiberTo Serve Man 50 story Damon KnightMemoir 80 essay Damon KnightBetelgeuse Bridge 51 story William TennFrom a Cave Deep in Stuyvesant Town-A Memoir of Galaxy's Most Creative Years 80 essay William Tenn [aka Philip Klass]Cost of Living 52 story Robert SheckleyMemoir of Galaxy Magazine 80 essay Robert SheckleyThe Model of a Judge 53 story William MorrisonMemoir 80 essay William MorrisonThe Holes Around Mars 54 story Jerome BixbyMemoir 80 essay Jerome BixbyHorrer Howce 56 story Margaret St ClairMemoir 80 essay Margaret St ClairPeople Soup 58 story Alan ArkinMemoir 80 essay Alan ArkinSomething Bright 60 story Zenna HendersonThe Lady Who Sailed the Soul/Instrumentality 60 novelette Cordwainer SmithThe Deep Down Dragon 61 story Judith MerrilMemoir 80 essay Judith MerrilWall of Crystal, Eye of Night 61 novelette Algis BudrysMemoir: Spilled Milk 80 essay Algis BudrysThe Place Where Chicago Was 62 novelette Jim HarmonMemoir 80 essay Jim HarmonThe Great Nebraska Sea 63 story Allan DanzigMemoir 80 essay Allan DanzigOh, to Be a Blobel! 64 novelette Philip K. DickMemoir 80 essay Philip K. DickFounding Father 65 story Isaac AsimovMemoir 80 essay Isaac AsimovGoing Down Smooth 68 story Robert SilverbergMemoir 80 essay Robert SilverbergAll the Myriad Ways/Time Travel-Parallel Universe 68 story Larry NivenMemoir 80 essay Larry NivenThe Last Flight of Dr Ain 69 story James Tiptree JrFrom Galaxy Bookshelf 80 essay Algis BudrysMemoir 80 essay Algis BudrysGalaxy Book Shelf 9/69 essay Algis BudrysSlow Sculpture 70 novelette Theodore SturgeonMemoir 80 essay Theodore SturgeonAbout a Secret Crocodile 70 story R.A. LaffertyMemoir 80 essay R.A. LaffertyCold Friend 73 story Harlan EllisonMemoir 80 essay Harlan EllisonThe Day Before the Revolution/Hainish 74 story Ursula K. Le GuinGift of Garigolli 74 novelette C.M. Kornbluth & Frederik PohlOverdrawn at the Memory Bank/8 Worlds 76 novelette John VarleyNote 80 essay John VarleyHorace, Galaxyca 80 essay Alfred BesterIndex to Galaxy Magazine 80

The Bloodhounds of Broadway and Other Stories


Damon Runyon - 1981
    Populated by guys and dolls, show girls and gangsters, Runyon's world captured the imagination of a vast public "more than somewhat," as he would have put it. It is a world of sentiment and surprise, and above all, humor. Runyon intorduced millions of readers to a milieu of colorful smalltime hoodlums and hustlers--the likes of Nathan Detroit, Harry the Horse and Nicely Johnson--and their "dolls," such as Dark Dolores, Madame La Gimp, and Miss Missouri Martin. Runyon described his characters in the inimitable idiom her adapted from real-life street talk. Runyon's ever-present narrator serves as our eyes and ears, whether the scene is Broadway, the racetracks of Miami and Saratoga, football games in Ivy League New England, or even (in his Christmas fable, "The Three Wise Guys") Bethlehem (Pennsylvania). Many readers know Runyon's work better from movies than from his writings--hardly surprising, considering that more than two dozen films have been made from his stories, including Guys and Dolls, The Lemon Drop Kid and Pocketful of Miracles from this collection. This volume once again makes available an outstanding selection of Runyon's hugely entertaining Broadway stories, many of them for the first time in paperback

Sherlock Holmes Illustrated


Arthur Conan Doyle - 1981
    Here is Sherlock Holmes as he’s never been seen before, with an introduction and notes by Dr. Mary Eichbauer of Stanford University’s Discovering Sherlock Holmes Project. This ebook includes more than 800 illustrations, 200 in full color—it could never have been published in print. Here are the gloomy, deeply moving original illustrations by Sidney Paget, the darker, more modern drawings of Frederic Dorr Steele, and the occasional art by other contemporary illustrators. Here, too, are the original magazine covers from The Strand in London and Colliers in America, as well as book covers from around the world, contemporary paintings, birdseye maps of London at the time, and even a map of the Underground. See Sherlock in all his disguises. Study for yourself the dancing men, the floor plan of 221B Baker Street, a map of the Baskerville moors, a postcard from the Hôtel du Sauvage at Reichenbach Falls, a drawing of the Bruce-Partington submarine, Holmes’ diagram of the crime scene at the Priory School, the position of the professor’s study in the Adventure of the Golden Pince-Nez, and the photograph of Irene Adler that Sherlock requested as his only fee for saving the King’s marriage. Follow Holmes and Watson down the boulevards and back alleys of Victorian London, see what they saw, and marvel again at adventures of the greatest detective who ever lived. Does not include the last stories from The Case-book of Sherlock Holmes, for which rights are unavailable in the US.

Graphite


Varlam Shalamov - 1981
    Varlam Shalamov, considered by many to be Russia's greatest living writer, spent seventeen years there and set down the Kolyma experience in powerful short stories. This is the second, more extensive collection which presents a somewhat different view of the camps and the lives of ordinary people caught up in terrible circumstances.

Oink and Pearl


Kay Chorao - 1981
    Presents the adventures of two piglets, Pearl and her little brother Oink.

Envy, and Other Works


Yury Olesha - 1981
    CONTENTSIntroduction viiEnvy (1927) 1The Chain (1929) 123Love (1928) 131Lyompa (1928) 141The Cherry Stone (1929) 147Aldebaran (1931) 159From the Secret Notebook ofFellow-Traveler Sand (1931) 167Natasha (1936) 181I Look into the Past (1928) 185Human Material (1928) 195Jottings of a Writer (1930) 201Speech to the First Congress ofSoviet Writers (1934) 213A List of Assets (1931) 221

Scream Along With Me: Alfred Hitchcock Presents


Alfred Hitchcock - 1981
    With it he can communicate with all his very best fiends where they may be hiding. Of course, on the wavelength he uses, the ca;; names of his CB soul mates tend to be a bit bizarre: There's "Mad Dog", "Bloody Mary", "Jack The Ripper", "Strychnine Suzie" - to name but a few. So if you happen to be a CB fan yourself, you can try to tune in the master's voice beaming out his message load and clear: "SCREAM ALONG WITH ME!"17 of the most delightfully devilish chillers ever written.

Great Tales of Horror and the Supernatural


Martin H. Greenberg - 1981
    With works by Joyce Carol Oates, Robert Silverberg, Henry James, Edgar Allan Poe, H.G. Wells, Bram Stoke and dozens more, Great Tales of Horror & the Supernatural is a spellbinding collection of 38 of the best of the genre. Anything can--and will--happen in these tales of both unworldly terror and quiet, everyday heart-stopping horror.

La mente alien


Philip K. Dick - 1981
    "Five minutes." "Okay," he said, and struggled out of his deep sleep. He had five minutes to adjust the course of his ship; something had gone wrong with the auto-control system. An error on his part? Not likely; he never made errors. Jason Bedford make errors? Hardly.

Stories for Children


Leo Tolstoy - 1981
    This volume includes several of Tolstoy's stories for children.

The Complete Stories of Lu Xun


Lu Xun - 1981
    His short stories are satiric, vivid, pungently realistic - as satisfying in structure as they are in tone and content. Lu Xun studied medicine in Japan, but soon exchanged his physician's scalpel for a literary one, which he wielded with a sure hand and an accurate eye to probe the sickness of a still-feudal Chinese society. This collection of Lu Xun's short stories is the most complete, accurate, and authoritative yet to appear. It includes the preface to his first book, CALL TO ARMS, in which Lu Xun explains how he came to be a writer.

Laughing to Keep from Crying


Langston Hughes - 1981
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Road to Brightcity


Máirtín Ó Cadhain - 1981
    * The Withering Branch * The Year 1912 * Tabu * Son of the Tax-King * The Road to Brightcity * The Gnarled and Stony Clods * Of Townland's Tip * The Hare-lip * Floodtide * Going on

Oedipus in Brooklyn and Other Stories


Blume Lempel - 1981
    We didn’t know we’d meet a young woman lying on the table at an abortion clinic. We didn’t know we’d meet a middle-aged woman full of erotic imaginings as she readies herself for a blind date. Buried in this forgotten Yiddish-language material, we found modernist stories and modernist story-telling techniques – imagine reading Gabriel Garcia Marquez with the conversational touch of Grace Paley."Lempel (1907–1999) was one of a small number of writers in the United States who wrote in Yiddish into the 1990s. Though many of her stories opened a window on the Old World and the Holocaust, she did not confine herself to these landscapes or themes. She often wrote about the margins of society, and about subjects considered untouchable. her prize-winning fiction is remarkable for its psychological acuity, its unflinching examination of erotic themes and gender relations, and its technical virtuosity. Mirroring the dislocation of mostly women protagonists, her stories move between present and past, Old World and New, dream and reality.

The Big Golden Book of Fairy Tales


Lornie Leete-Hodge - 1981
    Full color printing on every page. Made in Italy.

Tales from M. Saltykov-Shchedrin


M.E. Saltykov-Shchedrin - 1981
    "The Mighty Bogatyr" and "The Eagle-Patron of Arts" are biting satires on autocracy; "The Crow That Went in Search of Truth" and "The Old Nag" picture the misery of the Peasants; the conceited lion of "Bears in Government" with his ludicrous "self-pawed" inscriptions, is a well-aimed thrust at the illiterate resolutions of Tsar Alexander III, while the Bruins in the same tale ridicule the woebegone ministers of tsarist Russia. But the message of the tales and the bitter truth conveyed in them go far beyond the limits of any one epoch, assuming ever new poignancy and actuality. "The sole object of my literary work," wrote Saltykov-Shchedrin, "was unfailingly to protest against greed, hypocrisy, falsehood, theft, treachery, stupidity..." The Tales, which he wrote during the last years of his life (1826-89), epitomize the entire work of the great satirist who did so much for the cause of revolutionary thought in Russia.

More Tales from Grimm


Wanda Gág - 1981
    Drawing on her peasant heritage and childlike sense of wonder, Gág translated the fairy tales in a uniquely American vernacular tongue. More Tales from Grimm contains over thirty more, including “The Golden Key,” “The Seven Swabians,” and “The Wolf and the Fox,” as well as almost one hundred illustrations. No other editions of Grimm’s fairy tales for children can match Gág’s richness of prose and the humor, beauty, and sheer magic of her pictorial interpretation. Best known for her Newbery Honor winner Millions of Cats, Wanda Gág (1893–1946) was a pioneer in children’s book writing, integrating text and illustration. Born in New Ulm, Minnesota, she rose to international acclaim. In recognition of her artistry, she was posthumously awarded the 1958 Lewis Carroll Shelf Award for Millions of Cats and the 1977 Kerlan Award for her body of work.

They Came from Outer Space: 12 Classic Science Fiction Tales That Became Major Motion Pictures


Jim Wynorski - 1981
    Cyclops / by Henry Kuttner --Who goes there? / by John W. Campbell, Jr. --Farewell to the master / by Harry Bates --The fog horn / by Ray Bradbury --Deadly city / by Ivar Jorgenson--The alien machine / by Raymond F. Jones --The cosmic frame / by Paul W. Fairman --The fly / by George Langelaan --The seventh victim / by Robert Sheckley --The sentinel / by Arthur C. Clarke --The racer / by Ib Melchior --A boy and his dog / by Harlan Ellison.

Gene Wolfe's Book of Days


Gene Wolfe - 1981
    Brandon (excerpt from "Peace") (1975)Beautyland (1973)Car Sinister (1970)The Blue Mouse (1971)How I Lost the Second World War and Helped Turn Back the German Invasion (1973)The Adopted Father (1980)Forlesen (1974)An Article about Hunting (1973)The Changeling (1968)Many Mansions (1977)Against the Lafayette Escadrille (1972)Three Million Square Miles (1971)The War beneath the Tree (1979)La Befana (1973)Melting (1974)

Distant Stars


Samuel R. Delany - 1981
    Delany --Prismatica / illustrated by John Pierard --Corona / illustrated by John Collier --Empire star / illustrated by John Jude Palencar --Time considered as a helix of semi-precious stones / illustrated by Jeanette Adams --Omegahelm / illustrated by John Coffey --Ruins / illustrated by John Pound --We, in some strange power's employ, move on a rigorous line / illustrated by Michael Sorkin.

The Bone Flute


Lisa Tuttle - 1981
    Venn, a fickle and restless young musician, is drawn to the “lost planet” of Habille where, it is said, human nature has changed, and love once experienced can never die.In an afterword written especially for this edition, Lisa Tuttle explains her controversial decision to refuse the Nebula Award for this story.

Feminist Fables


Suniti Namjoshi - 1981
    This ingenious reworking of fairy tales, mixing Greek and Sanskrit mythology with original material, is now a feminist classic.