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Here comes civilization : the complete science fiction of William Tenn. Vol. II
Tenn, William, 1920-2010.
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First edition.
Publication Information:
Framingham, MA : NESFA Press, 2001.
Physical Description:
v, 545 pages ; 24 cm
Bernie the Faust -- Betelgeuse Bridge -- "Will you walk a little faster" -- The house dutiful -- There were people on Bikini, there were people on Attu -- She only goes out at night... -- Mistress Sary -- The malted milk monster -- The human angle -- Everybody loves Irving Bommer -- A matter of frequency -- The Ionian cycle -- Hallock's madness -- Ricardo's virus -- The puzzle of Priipiirii -- Dud -- Confusion cargo -- Afterword: For the rent -- The discovery of Morniel Mathaway -- Sanctuary -- Me, myself, and I -- It ends with Flicker -- The girl with some kind of past. and George -- Flirgleflip -- Errand boy -- A lamp for Medusa -- Essay: On the fiction in science fiction -- Of men and monsters.
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Author Notes

William Tenn, the pseudonym of Philip Klass, was born in London, England on May 9, 1920. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and served as a combat engineer in the United States Army during World War II. After leaving the Army, he worked as a technical editor with an Air Force radar and radio laboratory and was employed by Bell Labs. He taught English and comparative literature at Penn State University for 24 years.

He wrote academic articles, essays, one novel entitled Of Men and Monsters, and more than 60 short stories including Child's Play, Venus and the Seven Sexes, Down Among the Dead Men, The Liberation of Earth, Time in Advance, and On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi. He received the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999. He died of congestive heart failure on February 7, 2010 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

Sf veteran Tenn needs no introduction to fans who have read at all deeply in the genre. His is one of the finest bodies of short fiction in the field. Perhaps a newcomer should first try classics like "Bernie the Faust," "Betelgeuse Bridge," "Everybody Loves Irving Bommer," "She Only Goes Out at Night," and "Firgleflip." For readers accustomed to longer pieces, of which Tenn wrote very few, here at least are A Lamp for Medusa and Of Men and Monsters. Those of a scholarly bent will appreciate "On the Fiction in Science Fiction," as well as essays on Tenn by his colleagues Robert Silverberg and George Zebrowski, both of whom hold out the hope that the nonagenarian Tenn will finish another novel. Even if he doesn't, the contents of this volume and Immodest Proposals [BKL Ap 15 01] deserve a permanent place in sf history and on the shelves of sf collections. --Roland Green

Publisher's Weekly Review

Here Comes Civilization: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume II, edited by James A. Mann and Mary C. Tabasko, celebrates the achievement of a preeminent SF author of the 1950s. With numerous stories published for the first time since their initial appearance in magazines, the complete body of Tenn's only novel and an analytic essay, this second volume should receive as much praise as the first, Immodest Proposals. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved