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Lester del Rey (1915–1993)

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

177+ Works 5,747 Membros 88 Críticas 7 Favorited

About the Author

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(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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Obras por Lester del Rey

Once Upon a Time: A Treasury of Modern Fairy Tales (1991) — Editor; Contribuidor — 377 exemplares
The Best of Lester del Rey (1978) 295 exemplares
Police Your Planet (1956) — Autor; Autor — 245 exemplares
Nerves (1956) 240 exemplares
The Runaway Robot (1965) — Autor — 235 exemplares
Moon of Mutiny (1961) 222 exemplares
Pstalemate (1971) — Autor — 203 exemplares
Tunnel Through Time (1965) 201 exemplares
The Mysterious Planet (1953) 194 exemplares
Preferred Risk (1955) — Autor — 185 exemplares
The Eleventh Commandment (1962) — Autor — 185 exemplares
Attack from Atlantis (1953) 181 exemplares
Outpost of Jupiter (1963) 179 exemplares
Day of the Giants (1959) 157 exemplares
Rocket Jockey (1952) 141 exemplares
Early Del Rey (1975) 139 exemplares
Marooned on Mars (1952) 105 exemplares
Siege Perilous (1966) 101 exemplares
Step to the Stars (1954) 98 exemplares
The Early Del Rey Vol 2 (1975) — Autor — 94 exemplares
The Early Del Rey Vol 1 (1975) 93 exemplares
Mortals and Monsters (1965) — Autor — 80 exemplares
The Sky Is Falling (1963) 79 exemplares
Badge of Infamy (1976) 74 exemplares
Gods and Golems (1973) — Autor — 70 exemplares
Robots and Changelings (1957) — Autor — 69 exemplares
The Sky is Falling / Badge of Infamy (1963) — Autor — 64 exemplares
Weeping May Tarry (1978) 53 exemplares
"... And Some Were Human" (1948) — Autor — 43 exemplares
The scheme of things (1966) 38 exemplares
Rockets Through Space (1957) — Autor — 38 exemplares
Mission to the Moon (1956) 35 exemplares
Rockets to Nowhere (1954) 25 exemplares
The Infinite Worlds of Maybe (1966) 23 exemplares
Battle on Mercury (1953) 23 exemplares
Dead Ringer (2010) 22 exemplares
Helen O'Loy (1938) 20 exemplares
Let 'em Breathe Space (2010) 20 exemplares
Victory (2008) 17 exemplares
Pursuit (2010) 16 exemplares
Rocket from infinity (1966) 16 exemplares
The Year After Tomorrow (1954) — Editor — 14 exemplares
No Strings Attached (2010) 13 exemplares
The Faithful (1938) 10 exemplares
Evensong [short fiction] (1999) 9 exemplares
Nerves [short fiction] (1942) 9 exemplares
Worlds of Fantasy, Vol. 1 No. 4, Spring 1971 (1971) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Worlds of Fantasy, Vol. 1 No. 1, September 1968 (1968) — Editor — 8 exemplares
Prisoners of space (1967) 7 exemplares
The Monster 7 exemplares
Space Science Fiction May 1952 (1952) — Editor — 7 exemplares
The Day Is Done 6 exemplares
The Wind Between the Worlds (1951) 6 exemplares
The Dwindling Years (2017) 5 exemplares
And It Comes Out Here (2016) 5 exemplares
The mysterious sky (1964) 5 exemplares
Dark Mission [short story] (2022) 5 exemplares
The Cave of Spears (1967) 5 exemplares
The Wings of Night 5 exemplares
The Fantasy MEGAPACK ® (2015) 4 exemplares
El Dios mas Pequeño (1940) 4 exemplares
Into Thy Hands (1945) 4 exemplares
The Mysterious Sea (1961) 4 exemplares
For I am a Jealous People — Autor — 4 exemplares
Kindness 4 exemplares
Space Science Fiction September 1953 — Editor — 4 exemplares
Habit [short story] (1939) 3 exemplares
Though Poppies Grow (1942) 3 exemplares
Cross of Fire [short story] (1939) 3 exemplares
Earthbound 3 exemplares
Instinct 3 exemplares
The Stars Look Down (1940) 3 exemplares
Doubled in Brass [short story] (1940) 3 exemplares
Carillon of Skulls (1941) 3 exemplares
Anything (1939) 3 exemplares
Over the Top [short story] (1949) 3 exemplares
Crise (1956) 2 exemplares
Urania 0916 - ALIENO IN CROCE (1978) 2 exemplares
The Coppersmith 2 exemplares
Spawning Ground 2 exemplares
51 Amazing Sci-Fi Short Stories (2020) 2 exemplares
Conditioned Reflex 2 exemplares
Vengeance Is Mine 2 exemplares
Operation Distress 2 exemplares
Space Science Fiction February 1953 (1953) — Editor — 2 exemplares
Fool's Errand 2 exemplares
Space Science Fiction July 1953 (1953) 2 exemplares
Shadows of Empire 2 exemplares
And the Darkness 2 exemplares
Whom the Gods Love — Autor — 2 exemplares
Idealist 1 exemplar
Vorwort (1975) 1 exemplar
I Am Tomorrow 1 exemplar
Psalm [poem] 1 exemplar
PSICO SCACCO 1 exemplar
Superstition 1 exemplar
Early Del Ray 1 exemplar
Mars er målet 1 exemplar
Mind of tomorrow [short story] (1951) — Autor — 1 exemplar
Kindness 1 exemplar
Little Jimmy 1 exemplar

Associated Works

Dangerous Visions: 33 Original Stories — Contribuidor — 1,919 exemplares
Adventures in Time and Space (1946) — Contribuidor, algumas edições549 exemplares
The Best of C. L. Moore (1975) — Editor, algumas edições439 exemplares
Great Tales of the Golden Age of Science Fiction (1989) — Contribuidor — 436 exemplares
The Best of Frederik Pohl (1975) — Introdução, algumas edições384 exemplares
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contribuidor — 340 exemplares
Where Do We Go from Here? (1971) — Contribuidor, algumas edições315 exemplares
The Best of John W. Campbell (1976) — Editor, algumas edições; Introdução, algumas edições306 exemplares
Dangerous Visions 1 (1967) — Contribuidor — 264 exemplares
The 1977 Annual World's Best SF (1977) — Contribuidor — 257 exemplares
Science Fiction of the Thirties (1975) — Contribuidor — 205 exemplares
The End of the World: Stories of the Apocalypse (2010) — Contribuidor — 198 exemplares
The Best of Hal Clement (1979) — Editor — 196 exemplares
100 Wild Little Weird Tales (1994) — Contribuidor — 187 exemplares
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 1 (1939) (1939) — Contribuidor — 180 exemplares
The Best of Robert Bloch (1977) — Introdução — 179 exemplares
A Treasury of Science Fiction (1948) — Contribuidor, algumas edições177 exemplares
The Day the Sun Stood Still (1972) — Introdução — 165 exemplares
The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 2, 1940 (1979) — Contribuidor — 154 exemplares
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 3 (1941) (1980) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
Microcosmic Tales (1944) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
An Atlas of Fantasy : New Revised Edition (1973) — Introdução — 142 exemplares
The Road to Science Fiction #2: From Wells to Heinlein (1979) — Contribuidor — 138 exemplares
My Favorite Science Fiction Story (1999) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
Analog: The Best of Science Fiction (1982) — Autor — 127 exemplares
The Ninth Galaxy Reader (1966) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor — 125 exemplares
6th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1961) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
Voyagers in Time (1967) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Other Worlds, Other Gods (1971) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
The Third Galaxy Reader (1958) — Contribuidor — 114 exemplares
Great Stories of Space Travel (1963) — Contribuidor — 111 exemplares
Mars, We Love You (1971) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
The Fantastic Universe Omnibus (1960) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 2 (1953) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
Best SF: 1968 (1969) — Autor — 92 exemplares
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 3 (1955) — Contribuidor — 92 exemplares
Unknown Worlds : Tales from Beyond (1988) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 6 (1944) (1981) — Contribuidor — 84 exemplares
Star Science Fiction Stories No. 4 (1958) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories (1966) — Contribuidor, algumas edições72 exemplares
Star Short Novels (1954) — Contribuidor — 69 exemplares
Novelets of Science Fiction (1963) — Contribuidor — 67 exemplares
Dark Stars (1969) — Contribuidor — 65 exemplares
Men and Machines (1968) — Contribuidor — 63 exemplares
First Flight: Maiden Voyages in Space and Time (1963) — Contribuidor — 60 exemplares
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contribuidor — 59 exemplares
Beyond Human Ken (1952) — Contribuidor — 55 exemplares
Baker's Dozen: 13 Short Science Fiction Novels (1985) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Assignment in Tomorrow: An Anthology (1954) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Beachheads in Space (1952) — Contribuidor — 53 exemplares
Souls in Metal: An Anthology of Robot Futures (1977) — Contribuidor — 48 exemplares
Unknown (1988) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
Science Fiction Adventures in Dimension (1930) — Contribuidor, algumas edições44 exemplares
Introductory Psychology through Science Fiction (1974) — Contribuidor — 44 exemplares
The Fantastic World War II: The War That Wasn't (1990) — Contribuidor — 43 exemplares
In Dreams Awake (1975) — Contribuidor — 42 exemplares
Gosh! Wow! (1982) — Contribuidor — 40 exemplares
Now And Beyond: Eight Great Science Fiction Adventures (1965) — Autor — 37 exemplares
Invasion of the Robots (1965) — Contribuidor — 37 exemplares
Great American Ghost Stories (1991) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Operation Future (1955) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Adventures in the Far Future / Tales of Outer Space (1954) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Things (1964) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Masters of Science Fiction (1964) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
First Voyages (1981) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Great American Ghost Stories Volume 1 (Anthology 16-in-1) (1992) — Contribuidor — 25 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 7 (July 1975) (1975) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
We, Robots (2010) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 5 (May 1975) (1975) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCVI, No. 5 (May 1976) (1976) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Classic Science Fiction: The First Golden Age (1978) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Now Begins Tomorrow (1969) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
Analog Anthology #2: Readers' Choice (1982) — Contribuidor — 21 exemplares
The Time Curve (1968) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
Ghosts of the Heartland (1990) — Contribuidor — 19 exemplares
If This Goes Wrong . . . (2016) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
The Other Side of the Clock (1968) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact: Vol. XCV, No. 6 (June 1975) (1975) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Analog Anthology #5: Writers' Choice, Volume one (1983) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Robots through the Ages: A Science Fiction Anthology (2023) — Contribuidor — 15 exemplares
Kleine science fiction omnibus 1 (1969) — Autor — 15 exemplares
Dawn of Time: Prehistory Through Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contribuidor, algumas edições13 exemplares
Amazing Stories Vol. 50, No. 1 [June 1976] (1976) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
Out of This World Adventures, July 1950 — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Adventures in the far future (1954) — Contribuidor; Contribuidor, algumas edições7 exemplares
Astounding Science-Fiction, August 1939 (1939) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Vanguard Science Fiction, Vol. 1, No. 1 (June, 1958) (1958) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Space Pioneers (2018) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Satellite Science Fiction June 1957 (1957) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Worlds of Fantasy, Vol. 1 No. 3, Winter 1970 (1971) — Contribuidor — 4 exemplares
Faseskift. Science Fiction noveller (1984) — Autor, algumas edições3 exemplares
Den røde Død på Mars — Autor, algumas edições1 exemplar


Conhecimento Comum

Nome legal
Knapp, Leonard (birth name)
Outros nomes
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 (mostrar todos 7)
Smith Heathcourt-Brace Sierra y Alvarez-del-Rey de los Verdes, Ramon Felipe San Juan Mario Silvio Enrico
Data de nascimento
Data de falecimento
Local de nascimento
Saratoga, Minnesota, USA
Local de falecimento
New York Hospital, New York, New York, USA
Locais de residência
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
Prémios e menções honrosas
SFWA Grand Master (1990)
E.E. Smith Memorial Award for Imaginative Fiction (1972)

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According to his sister, his birth name was Leonard Knapp.
Nota de desambiguação
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.
… (mais)
RandyStafford | 1 outra crítica | 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 | 5 outras críticas | 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 | 3 outras críticas | 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.
… (mais)
ChrisRiesbeck | Jul 14, 2023 |



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