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Title: The Custodian Title Record # 45595
Author: William Tenn
Date: 1953-11-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Language: English
Note: Word count of the first magazine appearance in "If" gives a word count of about 8600 using a sampling of five lines from 12 different pages.
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Other Titles

Translations
Year Language Title
1961Translated by Antonio Ribera Jordá
Spanish El custodio
1973Translated by Heinz Zwack (as Heinz Nagel)
German Der Bewahrer
1984 Italian Il custode

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
If, November 1953 1953-11-00 ed. James L. Quinn Quinn Publishing Company, Inc.; Buffalo, NY  
$0.35?$: US dollar
124
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Ken Fagg Checkmark
If, Vol. 1 No. 5 [UK] 1954-03-00 ed. James L. Quinn Strato Publications  
1/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
132
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Ken Fagg  
Of All Possible Worlds 1955-02-00 William Tenn Ballantine Books H-99
$2.00?$: US dollar
161
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Of All Possible Worlds 1955-02-00 William Tenn Ballantine Books 99
$0.35?$: US dollar
159
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Richard Powers Checkmark
Of All Possible Worlds 1956-00-00 William Tenn Michael Joseph (Novels of Tomorrow)  
12/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
255
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Richard Barton Checkmark
Of All Possible Worlds 1960-06-00 William Tenn Ballantine Books 407K
$0.35?$: US dollar
161
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Blanchard Checkmark
Mundos Posibles 1961-00-00 William Tenn E.D.H.A.S.A. (Nebulae #71) 71   238
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Of All Possible Worlds 1963-00-00 William Tenn Mayflower-Dell 6532-8
3/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Enric Checkmark
Mundos Posibles 1964-00-00 William Tenn E.D.H.A.S.A. (Nebulae #9) 9   217
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
coll Bas  
Masters' Choice 1966-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Simon & Schuster  
$5.95?$: US dollar
350
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Carl Smith Checkmark
Of All Possible Worlds 1966-08-00 William Tenn Mayflower-Dell 6532
3/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
190
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll  
Masters' Choice 1968-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Herbert Jenkins (Herbert Jenkins SF)  
25/-?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
327
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Of All Possible Worlds 1968-06-00 William Tenn Ballantine Books U6136
$0.75?$: US dollar
161
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Stephen Miller Checkmark
Masters' Choice 2 1969-00-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tandem 3287 / PB 381
3/6?Prior to decimilisation (1968-1971), UK books were priced in shillings, or shillings and pence, where 20 shillings equals one pound and 12 old pence equals one shilling. Shillings were indicated with a variety of suffixes, e.g. 3s, 3', 3", 3/ all mean 3 shillings. Any number after that is additional pence, usually 6 (half a shilling) but sometimes 3 or 9 (a quarter of a shilling or three-quarters of a shilling).
160
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Panos Checkmark
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories 1971-01-00 ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tempo Books / Grosset & Dunlap 0-448-05375-6
$0.95?$: US dollar
x+
310
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Mögliche Welten 1973-03-00 William Tenn Heyne (Heyne Science Fiction & Fantasy #3333) 3333
DM 2.80?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
141
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Atelier Frank & Zaugg Checkmark
Time of Passage 1978-09-00 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph D. Olander Taplinger 0-8008-7733-0
$9.95?$: US dollar
292
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Time of Passage 1978-10-19 ed. Martin Harry Greenberg, Joseph D. Olander Robert Hale 0-7091-6848-9
£4.25?£: UK pound
292
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Catastrophes! 1981-07-00 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin Harry Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Fawcett Crest 0-449-24425-3
$2.50?$: US dollar
413
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth John Berkey Checkmark
Catastrofi! 1984-06-20 ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh Mondadori (Oscar #1767) 24800-5
Lit 8,000?Lit: Italian lira
512
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Paolo Tassinari , Pierpaolo Vetta  
Faszination der Science Fiction 1985-05-00 Isaac Asimov, Martin W. Greenberg, Charles G. Waugh
Bastei Lübbe?Bastei Luebbe
(Bastei Lübbe Science Fiction Special #24068)
3-404-24068-5
DM 10.00?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
953
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
omni David Hardy Checkmark
Immodest Proposals: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume 1 2001-02-00 William Tenn NESFA Press 1-886778-19-1
$29.00?$: US dollar
vii+
618
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll H. R. Van Dongen  
Immodest Proposals: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume 1 2001-07-00 William Tenn NESFA Press 1-886778-19-1
$29.00?$: US dollar
vii+
618
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll H. R. Van Dongen Checkmark
Immodest Proposals: The Complete Science Fiction of William Tenn, Volume 1 2002-09-00 William Tenn NESFA Press / SFBC 52644
$14.50?$: US dollar
618
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll H. R. Van Dongen Checkmark
Of All Possible Worlds 2013-07-00 William Tenn Gateway / Orion 978-0-575-12923-8
£2.99?£: UK pound
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
18 Greatest Science Fiction Stories date unknown ed. Laurence M. Janifer Tempo Books 0-448-12128-X
$1.50?$: US dollar
x+
310
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
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