2009, fictitious book cover with pseudo-review
SCIENCE FICTION SHORT STORIES - Tumbleweed 2009, 274 pages. - This fascinating anthology comprises 87 science fiction short stories, among them gems like "Captain, Saturn is an egg!" and "Failure", both Pulitzer Prize winners. The 42 illustrations by Stan Lemm are superb; so is the lengthy introduction written by Ray Cadbury, himself a noted science fiction author. We would have liked to reprint both above-named stories here; unfortunately, permission was only granted for the latter, a prime example of a so-called short short-story. – - FAILURE - The spaceship had orbited the planet for two days. Dozing lazily in his seat, the captain was suddenly awakened by the exo-biologist. "Well, what have you found out?", he said with a look of expectancy. The exo-biologist hesitated slightly. "Er - to tell the truth, the highest life form on this planet - " "Don't tell me it's human beings again!" The exo-biologist shrugged his shoulders. "I'm afraid yes." The captain sank slowly back into his seat and sighed deeply. "Believe me, if I wasn't such a born optimist, I'd begin to fear that we are, after all, the only intelligent species in the whole universe." - - - PS: The book cover is a slight distortion of a NASA photo, which is in the public domain.