The Planet On The Table

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The Planet On The Table is Kim Stanley Robinson's first short story collection, published in 1986. It consists of an introduction and 8 short stories, all of which were previously published in magazines. It contains the following stories:

  • Venice Drowned
  • Mercurial
  • Ridge Running
  • The Disguise
  • The Lucky Strike
  • Coming Back to Dixieland
  • Stone Eggs
  • Black Air

The title of the collection shares its name with the 1953 poem from Wallace Stevens.

Today it is considered to be no longer available.

Publication History

  • Tor Books, hardcover, July 1986
  • Tor Books, paperback, July 1987
  • Futura, paperback, August 1987
  • J'ai Lu, as La Planète Sur La Table (French translation), May 1988
  • Bastei-Lübbe, as Geschöpfe der Sonne (German translation), 1988
  • Editorial Caminho, as O Planeta sobre a Mesa (Portuguese translation), 1989
  • Tor Orb, included in Remaking History And Other Stories, August 1994
  • J'ai Lu, as La Planète Sur La Table (French translation), January 1999

Reviews

  • Locus #302, March 1986, Debbie Notkin
  • Fantasy Review #90, April 1986, Wendy Bousfield
  • Publishers Weekly, May 1 1986
  • The Washington Post, May 25 1986, Gregory Frost
  • The New York Times, July 29 1986, Gerald Jonas
  • Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine #111, December 1986, Baird Searles
  • Science Fiction Review #61, Winter 1986, Fernando Q. Gouvea
  • Foundation #40, 1987, Roz Kaveney
  • Paperback Inferno #68, October 1987, Colin Bird
  • The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, November 1987, Orson Scott Card
  • Thrust #28, Fall 1987, Pascal J. Thomas
  • Fiction #402, October 1988 (France), Pascal J. Thomas
  • Short Form #3/4, 1989, Judy Geary

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