WILD GALAXY by William F. Nolan. Urbana, Il; Golden Gryphon Press; 2005. 1st edition hardcover.
In an extremely productive career that has spanned more than 50 years, William F. Nolan is best known for co-authoring Loganís Run, which first appeared in print in 1967, became a cult-classic movie in 1976, moved into television as a CBS series, and is now being remade by Warner Brothers for a new big screen release. In addition to the Logan (and many other) novels, he has written numerous award-winning short stories, ranging from the serious to totally off-the-wall zany stories, such as "Toe to Tip, Tip to Toe, Pip-Pop as You Go," where everyone is kept in a perpetual drugged state, and social deviates are those who are straight. His best-known story, "The Small World of Lewis Stillman," is from Nolanís "serious" side, where the last man in LA must hide in the storm sewers from the cityís inhabitants, who are primitive and dangerous. "The Joy of Living," published in 1954, was one of the first stories to address the emotional attachments of a robot to humans, and to examine the complexities of such a relationship in a futuristic world. "Lone Star Traveler" is a mix of science fiction and the classic Wild West in 1910 Texas, and is one of the newest stories in this collection. "Jenny Among the Zeebs" mixes alien rock stars and human groupies in an insider look at the management of a celebrity group, and the extremes that such entities will go to promote themselves. In another example of zaniness, "The Grackel Question" addresses the passive absorption of all Earth life by aliens unbeknownst to the life forms being absorbed.
These nineteen stories, representing the best of fifty years of William F. Nolanís career, are a must for collectors and will resonate with the current trend of remakes and reprints of 1960s and 1970s science fiction books and movies.
Cover art by multi Hugo Award-winning artist Bob Eggleton.
"He's incredibly talented. Each of his stories is like a psychiatric session from which the reader comes away knowing more about the human condition, due to Nolan's fascination with the topography of emotional torment and his infallible rendering of the troubled psyche."
ó Richard Christian Matheson
"A master of the short form." ó Dean Koontz
"A hell of a writer! I have real admiration for his stories." ó Peter Straub
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