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Bibliographic notes for The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh by C._J._Cherryh but also notes about the collection Visible Light (1986). If you are verifying Visible Light then please read on.
The publications of The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh are
As The Collected Short Fiction of C. J. Cherryh is fairly complicated here is a detailed explanation of its contents. It is a both an omnibus and a collection in that it contains two previously published collections, Sunfall (1981) and Visible Light (1986), plus 15 extra stories.
One extra complication is that there’s an extra untitled story embedded within the collection Visible Light. Neither the ISFDB nor Locus listings for Visible Light mention this story and it’s not clear if this is new material or was overlooked. The story is described here so that future ISFDB editors can note if the story appears in the original publications of Visible Light.
In the introduction for Visible Light the author writes as though she’s on a dock waiting to board a ship with her luggage and chatting with a fellow passenger who on learning she’s a writer asks the common question “where do you get your ideas from?” with the answer being you look at someone on a dock waiting to board a ship with her luggage… At the end of the introduction the author queues up to board. Immediately after the introduction is a page headed with I as in the Roman Numeral 1 and it seems to be a continuation of the story that was in the introduction and now the author in an observation lounge and “the moon is long behind us, and Earth is further still.” She bumps into the passenger she was chatting with before and the conversation continues for two pages. Between each of the stories in this collection the conversation in the observation lounge continues in two or three page sections that are titled II, III, IV, V, and VI. After the last story is part VII where the conversation concludes with “We stare at each other then, at the point of farewells. “There is no choice, of course. This is a transfer-point. Our separate ships are already waiting at the station. And they keep their own schedules.”
Within ISFDB this untitled story is represented as a seven part serial titled Untitled: Visible Light. For now, the title records are dated 2004 but if this is in the original publication of Visible Light then please change the dates in the title records to 1986.
- This "stuff" is indeed in the 1986 printing. I'll change the records as requested.
Regards...--Dsorgen 22:51, 7 Oct 2007 (CDT)
- This "stuff" is indeed in the 1986 printing. I'll change the records as requested.
Table of Contents Page Comments Introduction ix This is an introduction to the overall collection and is bylined “CJ Cherryh, Spokane, 2003.” Sunfall: Introduction 1 In the body of the book this page looks like a title page in that it has Sunfall in large text across the top and below this is a page of untitled text that is to be the original introduction to the Sunfall collection. Prologue 3 The Only Death in the City (Paris) 5 The Haunted Tower (London) 21 Ice (Moscow) 56 Nightgame (Rome) 80 Highliner (New York) 95 The General (Peking) 120 Introduction to MasKs 144 MasKs (Venice) 144 This is a new story and was not in the original Sunfall collection. The story title is consistently spelled with the upper case “K.” Visible Light: New Introduction 187 In the body of the book this page looks like a title page in that it has Visible Light in large text across the top and below this is a page of untitled text that is the new introduction to the Visible Light collection. Original Introduction 189 In the body of the book this is titled Introduction. Frontpiece 197 In the body of the book this is titled I as in the Roman Numeral 1 and is part I of the untitled story that’s mentioned above. Cassandra 199 207 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part II of the untitled story. Threads of Time 209 216 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part III of the untitled story. Companions 218 306 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part IV of the untitled story. A Thief in Korianth 309 341 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part V of the untitled story. The Last Tower 343 346 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part VI of the untitled story. The Brothers 348 404 This is not listed in the table of contents and is part VII of the untitled story. Endpiece 000 The page number is listed as “000” in the table of contents and probably should be 404 and would be part VII of the untitled story. Other Stories: This is on page 405 and is just a title page that says Other Stories in large letters across the top. Page 406 is blank. The Dark King 407 Homecoming 415 The Dreamstone 418 Sea Change 431 Willow 445 Of Law and Magic 464 The Unshadowed Land 487 Pots 494 The Scapegoat 520 A Gift of Prophecy 564 Wings 580 A Much Briefer History of Time 586 Gwydion and the Dragon 587 Mech 609 The Sandman, the Tinman, and the BettyB 624 641 This is not listed in the table of contents but is titled Acknowledgements and is two pages that lists the copyright and first appearance information for each story in the collection.
Copyright / Acknowledgments
These appear on pages 641 and 642 and are an extension of the copyright page on page iv.
- Sunfall was first published in 1981 by DAW Books, Inc. All original stories ©1981 by C.J. Cherryh.
- “MasKs (Venice)” ©2004 by C.J. Cherryh.
- Visible Light was first published in l986 by DAW Books, Inc. All material ©1986 by C.J. Cherryh except:
- “Cassandra” ©l978 , Mercury Press, first appeared in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science fiction. Reprinted by permission of Gordon Van Gelder.
- “Threads of Time” ©1981 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in the Darkover Grand Council Program Book IV ©1978, Andrew Siegel.
- “Companions” ©1984 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in the John W. Campbell Awards Vol V, edited by George R.R. Martin, Bluejay Books.
- “A Thief in Korianth” ©1981 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Flashing Swords! No 5: Demons and Daggers, edited by Lin Carter, Dell Books.
- “The Last Tower” ©1982 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Winter 1982 Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Flying Buffalo.
- “The Dark King” ©1982 by DAW Books, Inc., first appeared in The Year's Best Fantsy Stories 3, edited by Lin Carter.
- “Homecoming” ©1979 by Flight Unlimited, Inc, first appeared in Shayol Summer 1979. All rights reverted to author.
- “The Dreamstone” ©1979 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Amazons!, edited by Jessica Amanda Salmonson, DAW Books, Inc.
- “Sea Change” ©1981 by C.J. Cherryh, first published in Elsewhere, edited by Terri Windling and Mark Alan Arnold.
- “Willow” ©1982 by C.J. Cherryh, first published in Hecate's Cauldron, edited by Susan M. Schwartz, DAW Books, Inc.
- “Of Law and Magic” ©1985 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in a slightly different form in Moonsinger’s Friends, edited by Susan M. Schwartz, St. Martin's Press.
- “The Unshadowed Land” ©1985 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Sword and Sorceress II, edited by, Marion Zimmmer Bradley, DAW Books, Inc.
- “Pots” ©1985 by, C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Afterwar, edited by Janet Morris, Pocket Books.
- “The Scapegoat” ©1985 by, C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Alien Stars, edited by Betsy Mitchell, Baen Books.
- “A Gift of Prophecy” ©1987 by C.J. Cherryh, first English-language publication in Glass and Amber, NESFA Press. Published earlier in Dutch translation.
- “Wings” ©1989 by C.J. Cherryh, first appeared in Carmen Miranda’s Ghost is Haunting Space Station Three, edited by, Don Sakers, Baen Books.
- “A Much Briefer History of Time” ©1990 by C.J. Cherryh, first published in Drabble II—Double Century, compiled by Rob Meades and David B. Wake, Beccon Publications.
- “Gwydion and the Dragon” ©1991 by, Random House, first published in Once Upon a Time, edited by Lester del Rey and Risa Kessler. Reprinted by permission of Ballantine Books, a division of Random House, Inc.
- “Mech” ©l 992 by C.J. Cherryh, first published in Future Crime, edited by Cynthia Manson and Charles Ardai, Donald J Fine, Inc.
- “The Sandman, the Tinman, and the BettyB” ©2002 by C.J. Cherryh, first published in DAW 30th Anniversary: Science Fiction, edited by Elizabeth R. Wollheim & Sheila E. Gilbert, DAW Books, Inc.