NEW HORIZONS: YESTERDAY'S PORTRAITS OF TOMORROW edited by August Derleth. Sauk City, WI; Arkham House; 1999. 1st edition hardcover.
The Last Science Fiction Anthology Edited by August Derleth. With Introduction and notes by Joseph Wrzos. Before his untimely death in 1971, August Derleth, already acclaimed for editing numerous SF anthologies, selected the contents for a final “retrospective” gathering of first rate, exemplary SF tales, but never completed the project. Now, with an Introduction and Authors’ notes provided by Joseph Wrzos, NEW HORIZONS finally appears. Among the now celebrated pulp SF authors represented are Murray Leinster, Clark Ashton Smith, Donald Wandrei, and Frank Belknap Long. As a special feature, the contents include “The Countries of the Sea,” a newly discovered SF novelet by August Derleth and mark Schorer, published for the first time. REVIEWS-- "This is a posthumous anthology of stories from 1912 to 1943. Highlight is Murray Leinster's 'The Runaway Skyscraper'. Others are by Clark Ashton Smith, Miles J. Breuer, Donald Wandrei, Frank Belknap Long, and many more. Some are dated, particularly the scientific content, but for the most part they are exuberant sense of wonder tales that still entertain." -- Science Fiction Chronicle "Before his death in 1971 Derleth selected the contents for a final retrospective anthology but never finished his work. This gathers the names of Murray Leinster, H.G. Wells, and other notables, reflecting Derleth's taste for pulp and quality. A 'must' for fans of Derleth's writings and style." -- The Bookwatch "A Manhattan skyscraper suddenly moving backward in time and wacky inventions relying on the wonders of radio and electricity are part of an entertaining look at the roots behind Silverberg's modern stars. There are two 'new' stories: a previously unpublished Atlantis adventure co-authored by Derleth in the 1930s, while 'The Purblind Prophet' is from an unfinished manuscript by David H. Keller, ably completed by Paul Spencer." -- The Denver Post.
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