Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Bringing back old favorites

A reader comment at this post got me thinking: what out-of-print works would you like to see reissued?

My first choice would be Poul Anderson, which is why I'm so pleased that Baen has released their second book of Anderson stories. I hope they sell well enough to do more; there are so many Anderson stories and novels that deserve an audience. What I'd really love to see is the complete Technic History gradually brouight back into print, but that would be a huge project, and I dimly recall reading on Baen's Bar that there's some sort of rights issue that would make it a difficult undertaking. The other stumbling block might be tone- the Baen editors have talked a lot about wanting to publish stories with an upbeat and optimistic sensibility, and the Technic History has a rather melancholy feel.

David Drake has been getting some reissues from Tor, first The Forlorn Hope and then Bridgehead. What I'd like to see out again is The Sea Hag, one of Drake's lesser-known fantasy books. I can understand why it wasn't a huge hit- it's a weird book with a sort of fairy tale structure- but it's greatly underrated in my opinion.

So, those are my picks. What are yours?

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1 comment:

Fred Kiesche said...

As I recall, one of the collections from Baen included some of his other "technic" series, the one that had been published by Tor in the 80's with titles like "Cold Victory". Seeing that we had a nuclear war to start that series, that wasn't too optimistic! I think they are willing to do well-written stuff (a forthcoming Andre Norton omnibus will also involve nuclear war).

I'd love to see Alan E. Nourse back in print. How about Raymond Z. Gallun's "The Planet Strappers", a forgotten classic if there ever was one? The list goes on and on...