Here’s a fun thing, especially for fans of classic SF such as myself. An anthology celebrating a popular theme in science fiction magazines of the 50s and 60s: repopulating a planet.
It’s the kind of story that fell out of fashion by the early 70s, when overpopulation and pollution became hot-button topics, gradually eclipsing colonial and expansionist themes in SF. As a result many of the stories in Go Forth and Multiply have never been reprinted since they originally appeared in magazines like Astounding and New Worlds in the 1950s, including Randall Garrett’s “The Queen Bee,” Rex Jatko’s “On the Care and Breeding of Pigs,” and E. C. Tubb’s “Prime Essential.”
F&SF publisher (and editor emeritus) Gordon Van Gelder has gathered a terrific collection of what Tangent Online calls “twelve great classic science fiction stories,” including Kate Wilhelm’s acclaimed novella “Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang,” Richard Wilson’s Nebula Award-winning “Mother to the World,” and stories by John Brunner, Poul Anderson, Robert Sheckley, Damon Knight, and many others.
Here’s the complete Table of Contents.
Introduction by Gordon Van Gelder
“No Land of Nod” by Sherwood Springer (Thrilling Wonder Stories, December 1952)
“On the Care and Breeding of Pigs” by Rex Jatko (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1954)
“Created He Them” by Alice Eleanor Jones (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1955)
“The Windows of Heaven” by John Brunner (New Worlds, May 1956)
“The Queen Bee” by Randall Garrett (Astounding Science Fiction, December 1958)
“Eve Times Four” by Poul Anderson (Fantastic Science Fiction Stories, April 1960)
“The Girls and Nugent Miller” by Robert Sheckley (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, March 1960)
“Prime Essential” by E. C. Tubb (New Worlds Science Fiction #42, December 1955)
“Not with a Bang” by Damon Knight (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, Winter-Spring 1950)
“Another Rib” by Juanita Coulson and Marion Zimmer Bradley (The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, June 1963)
“Mother to the World” by Richard Wilson (Orbit 3, 1968)
“Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang”by Kate Wilhelm (Orbit 15, 1974)
Go Forth and Multiply was published by Richard A. Lupoff’s Surinam Turtle Press/Ramble House on July 10, 2017. It is 300 pages, priced at $20 in trade paperback. The cover design is by Gavin L. O’Keefe.
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