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Old Sep 26 2008, 03:57 AM   #1
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Science Fiction Tales. Invaders, creatures and alien worlds. Edited by Roger Elwood. Published by Rand McNally & Co., New York, 1973 (hardcover) and 1977 (trade paperback). All pictures showed here are scans of the 1973 hardcover edition. This book holds the very first publication of the short story "The Smallest Dragonboy" (pages 15-32).



The book has illustrated boards of which I also scanned the back because there's a (funny looking) "Pern" dragon on it with a Roman legionaire on his back It was issued without a dustjacket. Hargreaves (page 226) mentions a price sticker affixed to the face of the front board but mine does not have that (fortunately!). Both the cover illustrations and the two black and white illustrations that are to be found with the short story are by illustrator/artist Rod Ruth.





Rod Ruth was the artist of the newspaper strip 'The Toodles'. The strip was written by Stanley and Betsy Baer and drawn by Ruth from 1941 to 1958. Besides 'The Toodles', Ruth was an illustrator for Amazing Stories by Ziff Davis, the pulp magazine publisher in Chicago.




The story about Keevan (the character for which Anne's younger brother Kevin stood model) is the most reprinted McCaffrey short story and also features in many classrooms together with Dragonsong) as learning material.



Although in my honest opinion this book is definitely an Anne McCaffrey Collectible, prices for this book are very reasonable, varying from about $4.00 to almost $30.00. Mind, there are several different printings (1974 already saw a second printing), besides the two different states. It must be said that most of the copies to be found through Bookfinder are not first printings (1973), nor in good condition and often ex-library ones... so the search for a very good or better 1973 copy might be interesting


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Old Sep 26 2008, 11:26 AM   #2
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Very interesting *Highlight* Hans !! I am amazed at how ugly the dragons are in these drawings. They are so very complicated looking in their design and remind me of the *Mystic's* from Jim Henson's *Dark Crystal*. Once again, I find it very surprising that the artist didn't read the story, at least enough to figure out what the dragons looked like.
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Now you mention Jim Henson's creatures, I see it too, Maelin!
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Old Sep 27 2008, 12:47 AM   #4
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Hans, I have seen this one. Boy what memories it brings back.

The one where Keeven become K'van and meeting Heth is my favor image.

To me outside of the spines and scales it shows, how the "wet" the young dragonet are how the people are dress for the Impression. I do remember that odd "Pern" dragon with the Roman rider, I gave a bit of a sniff and just keep on reading, I must have tried to get hold of all of the published AMC work at that time, I was on a bit of kick at that time, trying to use the larger libary abilty to get hold of more of her works.

Along the way, I found some books that needed some TLC on them, so I returned them with a bit of a note saying, it not me its age on a few and a one or two I had to tell them put a note for some TLC when they get home, I would not hurt them any more than they need to be.
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Nice highlight, Hans. Yea, the dragons are very interesting.
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