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Lester del Rey (1915–1993)

Autor/a de Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales

175+ obres 5,780 Membres 88 Ressenyes 7 preferits

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Nota de desambiguació:

(eng) Name is Lester del Rey (see Links), though the authorized Library of Congress name heading (with birth date 1915) is capitalized Lester Del Rey. He also wrote under the pen names John Alvarez, Marion Henry, Philip James, Charles Satterfield, Philip St. John, and Eric Van Lhin.

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Obres de Lester del Rey

Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (1991) — Editor; Col·laborador — 379 exemplars
The Best of Lester del Rey (1978) 296 exemplars
Police Your Planet (1956) — Autor; Autor — 245 exemplars
Nerves (1956) 242 exemplars
The Runaway Robot (1965) — Autor — 237 exemplars
Moon of Mutiny (1961) 224 exemplars
Tunnel Through Time (1965) 202 exemplars
Pstalemate (1971) — Autor — 202 exemplars
The Mysterious Planet (1953) 196 exemplars
Preferred Risk (1955) — Autor — 187 exemplars
The Eleventh Commandment (1962) — Autor — 186 exemplars
Attack from Atlantis (1953) 182 exemplars
Outpost of Jupiter (1963) 179 exemplars
Day of the Giants (1959) 157 exemplars
Rocket Jockey (1952) 141 exemplars
Early Del Rey (1975) 139 exemplars
Marooned on Mars (1952) 107 exemplars
Siege Perilous (1966) 101 exemplars
Step to the Stars (1954) 99 exemplars
The Early Del Rey Vol 2 (1975) — Autor — 95 exemplars
The Early Del Rey Vol 1 (1975) 94 exemplars
Mortals and Monsters (1965) — Autor — 80 exemplars
The Sky Is Falling (1963) 79 exemplars
Badge of Infamy (1976) 74 exemplars
Gods and Golems (1973) — Autor — 70 exemplars
Robots and Changelings (1957) — Autor — 69 exemplars
The Sky is Falling / Badge of Infamy (1963) — Autor — 64 exemplars
Weeping May Tarry (1978) 53 exemplars
"... And Some Were Human" (1948) — Autor — 43 exemplars
Rockets Through Space (1957) — Autor — 40 exemplars
The scheme of things (1966) 39 exemplars
Mission to the Moon (1956) 36 exemplars
Rockets to Nowhere (1954) 25 exemplars
Battle on Mercury (1953) 24 exemplars
The Infinite Worlds of Maybe (1966) 23 exemplars
Dead Ringer (2010) 22 exemplars
Helen O'Loy (1938) 21 exemplars
Let 'em Breathe Space (2010) 20 exemplars
Victory (2008) 17 exemplars
Rocket from infinity (1966) 17 exemplars
Pursuit (2010) 16 exemplars
The Year After Tomorrow (1954) — Editor — 14 exemplars
No Strings Attached (2010) 13 exemplars
The Faithful (1938) 10 exemplars
Nerves [short fiction] (1942) 9 exemplars
Evensong [short fiction] (1999) 9 exemplars
Worlds of Fantasy, Vol. 1 No. 1, September 1968 (1968) — Editor — 8 exemplars
Worlds of Fantasy, Vol. 1 No. 4, Spring 1971 (1971) — Editor — 8 exemplars
Prisoners of space (1967) 7 exemplars
Space Science Fiction May 1952 (1952) — Editor — 7 exemplars
The Monster 7 exemplars
The Wind Between the Worlds (1951) 6 exemplars
The Day Is Done 6 exemplars
The Wings of Night 5 exemplars
The mysterious sky (1964) 5 exemplars
The Dwindling Years (2017) 5 exemplars
Dark Mission [short story] (2022) 5 exemplars
The Cave of Spears (1967) 5 exemplars
And It Comes Out Here (2016) 5 exemplars
Into Thy Hands (1945) 4 exemplars
Space Science Fiction September 1953 — Editor — 4 exemplars
Kindness 4 exemplars
For I am a Jealous People — Autor — 4 exemplars
El Dios mas Pequeño (1940) 4 exemplars
The Mysterious Sea (1961) 4 exemplars
The Fantasy MEGAPACK ® (2015) 4 exemplars
Doubled in Brass [short story] (1940) 3 exemplars
Cross of Fire [short story] (1939) 3 exemplars
Earthbound 3 exemplars
Habit [short story] (1939) 3 exemplars
Instinct 3 exemplars
Over the Top [short story] (1949) 3 exemplars
Anything (1939) 3 exemplars
The Stars Look Down (1940) 3 exemplars
Carillon of Skulls (1941) 3 exemplars
Though Poppies Grow (1942) 3 exemplars
Vengeance Is Mine 2 exemplars
Urania 0916 - ALIENO IN CROCE (1978) 2 exemplars
Conditioned Reflex 2 exemplars
The Coppersmith 2 exemplars
Crise (1956) 2 exemplars
Operation Distress 2 exemplars
Fool's Errand 2 exemplars
Whom the Gods Love — Autor — 2 exemplars
And the Darkness 2 exemplars
Space Science Fiction February 1953 (1953) — Editor — 2 exemplars
Shadows of Empire 2 exemplars
Spawning Ground 2 exemplars
Psalm [poem] 1 exemplars
Idealist 1 exemplars
The Dwindling Years 1 exemplars
Vorwort (1975) 1 exemplars
Alien {short story} 1 exemplars
Mind of tomorrow [short story] (1951) — Autor — 1 exemplars
Mars er målet 1 exemplars
PSICO SCACCO 1 exemplars
The Course of Logic 1 exemplars
Early Del Ray 1 exemplars
I Am Tomorrow 1 exemplars
Kindness 1 exemplars
No Head for My Bier 1 exemplars
Little Jimmy 1 exemplars
Superstition 1 exemplars
The Years Draw Nigh 1 exemplars

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Best SF: 1968 (1969) — Autor — 92 exemplars
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Coneixement comú

Nom normalitzat
Rey, Lester del
Nom oficial
Knapp, Leonard (birth name)
Altres noms
St. John, Philip
McCann, Edson (with Frederik Pohl)
Wright, Kenneth
Charles Satterfield (with Frederik Pohl)
van Lhin, Erik
Alvarez-del Rey, Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvo Enrico (mostra-les totes 7)
Smith Heathcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez-del-Rey de los Verdes, Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico
Data de naixement
Data de defunció
Lloc de naixement
Saratoga, Minnesota, USA
Lloc de defunció
New York Hospital, New York, New York, USA
Llocs de residència
Saratoga, Minnesota, USA (birth)
New York, New York, USA
Red Bank, New Jersey, USA
George Washington University
short order cook
office manager
science fiction author
del Rey, Judy-Lynn (2nd wife 1971-1986)
Trap Door Spiders
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America
Del Rey Books
Premis i honors
SFWA Grand Master (1990)
E.E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (1972)
Balrog Award (1985)
Biografia breu
According to his sister, his birth name was Leonard Knapp.
Nota de desambiguació
Name is Lester del Rey (see Links), though the authorized Library of Congress name heading (with birth date 1915) is capitalized Lester Del Rey. He also wrote under the pen names John Alvarez, Marion Henry, Philip James, Charles Satterfield, Philip St. John, and Eric Van Lhin.




This was better than I expected and not as satirical as the C. M. Kornbluth’s and Pohl’s collaboration The Space Merchants.

It was, of course, the advertising industry that dominated the world in that novel. Here it’s an insurance company, simply called the Company. As Pohl explains in his afterword, “The Art and Agony of Collaboration”, Pohl’s conceptual inspiration for the story is that, rightly or wrongly, money guides peoples’ behavior. What if you had a system where someone made a profit mitigating the evils of life?

The Company is that someone, a single insurance company that came to dominate the world after the Short War (seemingly a nuclear exchange between the US and USSR). It not only writes policies for life insurance. It has food and medical policies too. And, as our hero Tom Willis would be happy to tell you, it’s eliminated war and want.

At least that’s what he’d say if you asked him when he arrives in Naples, Italy in the wake of a local war fought between that city and Sicily. The world has balkanized under the Company and only America has maintained something like its old size.

Willis is something of an unusual convert to the Company. And convert is the right word. He regards the Company as something like a sacred institution that has solved the worlds problems, run by incorruptible men including its sainted founder Carmody. Willis even has Company scripture he carries about, the Adjustor’s Handbook. But Willis didn’t always feel that way. In fact, after the early death from disease of his wife Marianna back in America, he publicly denounced the Company, vandalized some of its property, and was jailed only to be bailed out by one of Marianna’s relatives, Defoe who is the Company’s Chief Underwriter.

On arriving in Naples, Willis will meet Zorchi, a strange man who will play a prominent role in the story and who has become wealthy by staging grisly accidents that maim him so he can collect the insurance. He’ll also meet Rena dell’Angela, a beautiful local girl whom he will fall in love with.

Willis will learn, after meeting his new boss who heads the Naples office, that Company officials aren’t all creatures of virtue, competence, and incorruptibility. And he’ll also meet, through Rena (deemed uninsurable), anti-Company rebels who point out that not only has war not ceased under the Company’s rule but medical research and social mobility has stagnated.

That’s crazy talk as far as Willis is concerned, but he wants to talk the beautiful Rena out of her ideas before she comes to real harm. And, so, Willis finds himself embedded with the rebels in a story that will take us into the ancient catacombs under Rome to a gun battle in the ruins of Pompeii to the new medical catacombs, where the Company parks people with the promise to revive them at a future date when they can be cured,.

Pohl and del Rey don’t rig the political perspectives of the story. There are benefits to Company rule as well as downsides. Some of the rebels have crazy, dangerous plans. And those plans aren’t going to work out as expected. But then neither are the Company’s.

The novel ends on a rumination that no system of government is perfect, that eternal revolution seems to be humanity’s lot.

To be sure, at least one major plot twist was predictable, but, for the most part, this story takes some unexpected turns in both character and plot, a quick and enjoyable read

In Pohl’s and del Rey’s afterword, “Risk, But Not Preferred”, they talk about how their friendship survived their collaboration and how they annoyed each other with their very opposite approaches to writing. Del Rey liked to plot everything in advance, and Pohl liked to make it up as he went along.

They also talk about how a novelette they gave to H. L. Gold became this novel. Gold was running a novel contest for the magazine Beyond Fantasy Fiction. The deadline had passed, and Gold didn’t like any of the entries, so he proposed Pohl and del Rey turn their novelette into this novel. It was a guaranteed winner. It would become the one and only publication credit for Edson McCann.
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RandyStafford | Hi ha 1 ressenya més | Feb 22, 2024 |
This was the first SF book I ever read (4th grade, I believe). I still have very fond memories of it.
Treebeard_404 | Hi ha 5 ressenyes més | Jan 23, 2024 |
I was all set to write a great review, then I read this one and decided mine would have been completely superfluous. Just read his.

Grab an ebook version at Gutenberg or Manybooks etc.
furicle | Hi ha 3 ressenyes més | Aug 5, 2023 |
An OK entry in the Winston juvenile series, written by Lester del Rey under a pseudonym, very much like his Attack from Atlantis, but much more focused and a bit more plausible. Very much a boy's adventure. A mom and sister are referenced briefly but this is primarily a trek story as the teen protagonist and an aged prospector make a long difficult journey over the Mercurial landscape in the twilight region, to try and get a radio message sent to get help for their village before a solar storm strikes. No surprises, except for one minor early element where a minor character that normally fills the annoying not-quite-villain role is given a bit more humanity in a natural way.

Recommended if you're a fan of the Winston series and aware of their limitations.
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ChrisRiesbeck | Jul 14, 2023 |



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