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Title: As Easy As A. B. C. Title Record # 68361
Author: Rudyard Kipling
Date: 1912-03-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: novelette
Series: Aerial Board of Control
Series Number: 2
Webpages: forgottenfutures.com
Language: English
Note:
  • Published March to April 1912 as "As Easy as A.B.C.": A Tale of 2150 A.D. in The London Magazine v28, pp. 3-11, 163-71, with illustrations by F. Gardner, so signed and credited (Frederick Gardner (I) in the database). Sources: ForgottenFutures.com and The Fiction Mags Index, which lists Contents with page numbers for vol 28, #17-18 New Series. (Volume 28 is not available at HathiTrust Digital Library as of 2017-10-30.)
  • Sequel to "With the Night Mail" (1905), which was lightly revised and augmented in 1909 as "With the Night Mail: A Story of 2000 A.D. (Together with Extracts from the Contemporary Magazine in Which It Appeared)". There "A.B.C." or "ABC" is an initialism for the Aerial Board of Control.
  • SFE3 lists the 2012 collection as an expansion of the 1909 chapbook, with full title:   With the Night Mail and "As Easy As ABC": Two Yarns about the Aerial Board of Control and with an afterword by Bruce Sterling.
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Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1912 As Easy as A. B. C.: A Tale of 2150 AD
1992 As Easy As ABC
Year Language Title
1981Translated by Guillaume Lerolle.
French Aussi simple que B.A.C.
1990Translated by Gisbert Haefs (1990)
German Einfach wie das A. B. C.

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog ID Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
A Diversity of Creatures 1917-04-17 Rudyard Kipling Macmillan and Co.  
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).
viii+
442
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
A Diversity of Creatures 1917-04-27 Rudyard Kipling Doubleday, Page & Company  
$1.50?$: US dollar
viii+
443
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Science Fiction Galaxy 1950-02-00 ed. Groff Conklin Permabooks P67
$0.35?$: US dollar
xii+
242
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
17 X Infinity 1963-08-00 ed. Groff Conklin Dell 7746
$0.50?$: US dollar
272
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 Checkmark
17 X Infinity 1964-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Mayflower-Dell 7746-8
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).
272
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 Checkmark
Science Fantasy, September-October 1964 1964-09-00 ed. Kyril Bonfiglioli Roberts & Vinter Ltd.  
2/6?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).
128
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.
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17 X Infinity 1965-00-00 ed. Groff Conklin Mayflower-Dell 7746-8
5/-?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).
272
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 Checkmark
SF Reprise 3 1966-00-00 ed. Kyril Bonfiglioli Compact Books H325
7/6?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).
[384]
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  
17 X Infinity 1969-04-00 ed. Groff Conklin Dell 7746
C$0.75?C$: Canadian dollar
272
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 Gaughan Checkmark
17 X Infinity 1969-04-00 ed. Groff Conklin Dell 7746
$0.75?$: US dollar
272
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 Jack Gaughan Checkmark
Speculations 1973-00-00 ed. Thomas E. Sanders Glencoe Press  
$6.95?$: US dollar
xvii+
621
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.
anth  
Dans la cité des morts 1981-00-00 Rudyard Kipling Union générale d'éditions (Les maîtres de l'étrange et de la peur) 2-264-00332-4   266
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 Frank Sérac  
The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces 1983-04-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Arbor House 0-87795-445-3
$16.95?$: US dollar
538
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Arbor House Treasury of Science Fiction Masterpieces 1984-02-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Priam Books / Arbor House 0-87795-446-1
$8.95?$: US dollar
538
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.
anth  
Great Tales of Science Fiction 1985-00-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Galahad Books 0-88365-701-5
$8.98?$: US dollar
529
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
A Diversity of Creatures 1987-00-00 Rudyard Kipling Penguin Books (Penguin Classics) 0-14-043295-7   366
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  
Great Tales of Science Fiction 1988-06-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Galahad Books 0-88365-701-5
$9.98?$: US dollar
529
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Karen Nelson  
A Separate Star: A Science Fiction Tribute to Rudyard Kipling 1989-05-00 ed. David Drake, Sandra Miesel Baen 0-671-69832-X
$3.50?$: US dollar
278
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 Steve Hickman Checkmark
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 1992-00-00 ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-214204-6
$22.50?$: US dollar
xxvi+
587
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Victor Stabin Checkmark
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 1992-00-00 ed. Tom Shippey QPD CN 9267   587
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.
anth Victor Stabin Checkmark
John Brunner Presents Kipling's Science Fiction 1992-10-00 Rudyard Kipling Tor 0-312-85355-6
$17.95?$: US dollar
178
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll David R. Deitrick Checkmark
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 1992-10-00 ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-214204-6
C$31.50?C$: Canadian dollar
xxvi+
587
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Victor Stabin Checkmark
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 1993-10-21 ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-283167-4
£6.99?£: UK pound
xxvi+
587
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 David A. Hardy Checkmark
Great Tales of Science Fiction 1994-03-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg, Robert Silverberg Galahad Books 0-88365-701-5
$?$: US dollar
529
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Stories of Rudyard Kipling 1994-05-00 Rudyard Kipling Citadel Twilight 0-8065-1508-2
$9.95?$: US dollar
xiv+
178
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 Kevin Kelly Checkmark
The Science Fiction Century 1997-11-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor 0-312-86338-1
$40.00?$: US dollar
1005
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth John Harris Checkmark
The Science Fiction Century 1997-11-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Tor / BOMC 0-312-86338-1   1005
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth John Harris Checkmark
The British Way 1998-02-00 ed. James Gunn Borealis / White Wolf Publishing 1-56504-157-7 / WW 11091
$14.99?$: US dollar
622
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.
anth Checkmark
The Science Fiction Century 1998-05-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Quality Paperback Book Club 0-9658501-3-7
$21.95?$: US dollar
1005
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.
anth John Harris Checkmark
Kipling's Science Fiction 1998-06-00 Rudyard Kipling G. K. Hall & Co. (G.K. Hall Large Print Science Fiction Series) 0-7838-0169-6
$25.95?$: US dollar
248
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Von Shelley bis Clarke 2000-10-00 ed. James Gunn Heyne (Bibliothek der Science Fiction Literatur #100) 3-453-17104-7
DM 24.90?DM: German (Deutsche) mark
543
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
Jürgen Rogner?Juergen Rogner
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The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 2003-01-00 ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-280381-6
£9.99?£: UK pound
xxvi+
587
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.
anth Michael Llewellyn (artist) Checkmark
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories 2003-03-00 ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-280381-6
$19.95?$: US dollar
587
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.
anth Michael Llewellyn (artist)  
The Mammoth Book of 20th Century Science Fiction: Volume One 2003-04-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Robinson 1-84119-513-8
£6.99?£: UK pound
xix+
586
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.
anth  
A Diversity of Creatures 2004-08-02 Rudyard Kipling Project Gutenberg 13085    
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
The Science Fiction Century, Volume One 2006-03-00 ed. David G. Hartwell Orb 0-312-86484-1
$21.95?$: US dollar
511
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.
anth John Harris Checkmark
The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales 2007-02-00 Rudyard Kipling Gollancz / Orion (Millennium / Gollancz Fantasy Masterworks #50) 0-575-07791-3
£7.99?£: UK pound
xii+
785
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 Checkmark
A Diversity of Creatures 2007-09-01 Rudyard Kipling Wildside Press 978-1-4344-8641-7
$29.95?$: US dollar
672
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror & Fantasy 2008-01-01 Rudyard Kipling Pegasus Books 978-1-933648-78-1
$17.95?$: US dollar
800
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  
The Phoenix Pick Anthology of Classic Science Fiction Stories 2008-07-18 ed. uncredited Phoenix Pick 978-1-60450-258-9
$9.99?$: US dollar
208
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.
anth  
The Phoenix Pick Anthology of Classic Science Fiction Stories 2008-10-13 ed. uncredited Phoenix Pick 978-1-60450-415-6
$5.99?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
anth  
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror & Fantasy 2008-11-17 Rudyard Kipling Pegasus Books 978-1-60598-030-0
$19.95?$: US dollar
800
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  
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror & Fantasy 2009-04-00 Rudyard Kipling Pegasus Books / SFBC 62-1254
$10.99?$: US dollar
800
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  
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror & Fantasy 2010-00-00 Rudyard Kipling Fall River Press 978-1-4351-2005-1   viii+
785
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
The Mark of the Beast and Other Fantastical Tales 2010-11-11 Rudyard Kipling Gollancz 978-0-575-08601-2
£4.99?£: UK pound
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
With the Night Mail and As Easy As A.B.C. 2012-05-22 Rudyard Kipling HiLoBooks (Radium Age Science Fiction #2) 978-1-935869-52-8
$12.95?$: US dollar
144
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 Michael Lewy  
Rudyard Kipling's Tales of Horror & Fantasy 2014-05-01 Rudyard Kipling Pegasus Books 978-1-60598-664-7
$19.95?$: US dollar
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
Dystopia Utopia Short Stories 2016-09-29 ed. Laura Bulbeck Flame Tree Publishing (Gothic Fantasy) 978-1-78664-514-2
£12.00?£: UK pound
 
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
anth  
Dystopia Utopia Short Stories 2016-09-29 ed. Laura Bulbeck Flame Tree Publishing (Gothic Fantasy) 978-1-78361-998-6
£20.00?£: UK pound
480
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Phoenix Pick Anthology of Classic Science Fiction: Second Edition 2016-10-18 ed. Paul Cook Phoenix Pick 978-1-61242-301-2
$34.95?$: US dollar
 
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories date unknown ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-283167-4
£6.99?£: UK pound
xxvi+
587
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 David A. Hardy  
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories date unknown ed. Tom Shippey Oxford University Press 0-19-283167-4
£7.99?£: UK pound
xxvi+
587
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 David A. Hardy Checkmark
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