Early Harvest is the special anthology for Boskone 25 Guest of Honor Greg Bear. The anthology contains two early short stories rewritten for this anthology, four pieces of film criticism written originally for publication in the Los Angeles Times, and four journalism pieces.
"A Martian Ricorso" is an interesting speculation story of what a manned expedition to Mars might have found. This story was first published before the revelations of the Viking landers and could still just barely be possible.
"Webster" is considered by Greg to be his first substantial sale. This story is an offbeat fantasy that concerns a spinster's obsession that brings about a startling transformation of a copy of one of the nation's most common books, in this woman's apartment.
Table of Contents
- "A Martian Ricorso"
- Film Criticism
- Raiders of the Lost Ark — On the Side of the Angels
- The Ayatollah of Dune
- Superman: Leaping Over the Changing Decads
- The Shining *
- Spiritless Night in Room 502
- Fahrenheit 451 — A 1984 with Hope
- The Machineries of Joy *
- Memorial Service for Ted Sturgeon
* first publication
From the book's blurb:
Greg Bear is a versatile writer of speculative fiction. He has a firm grounding in science with degrees in both physics and mathematics. He has written exciting hard science books like Eon and Blood Music, engrossing fantasies like The Serpent Mage, and a surprising number of articles and short stories. His latest novel is Forge of God. Greg first became prominent in SF as an illustrator in the 1970s, then turned to fiction, and is now one of the leading younger SF writers. He's won both the Nebula and the Hugo award several times over. In fact, he was the first author to win two Nebulas in one year. Greg is quickly being accepted as one of the finest authors of the hard science fiction field. He shares his lakeside Washington state home with his wife Astrid Anderson, his son Erik, and a very interesting collection of books.
Hardcover, 5.2" x 7.25", vi+131 pp., ISBN: 0-915368-36-6, $9.00 in advance and at the convention, $15.00 afterwards, January 1988, 575 numbered copies. out of print!
Boxed hardcover, 225 copies, numbered and signed by author and artist, ISBN: 0-915368-91-9, $18.00 in advance and at the convention, planned to be $30.00 afterwards. However, the boxed edition sold out at the convention. out of print!
LC card number: 87-63316