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.
Gregory Dale Bear (born 1951) is an American science fiction and mainstream author. His work has covered themes of galactic conflict (Forge of God books), artificial universes (The Way series), consciousness and cultural practices (Queen of Angels), and accelerated evolution (Blood Music, Darwin's Radio, and Darwin's Children).
Greg Bear. Wikipedia.
Photo: Photo of science fiction writer Greg Bear taken at the World Science Fiction Convention in Glasgow (photo by Geoffrey A. Landis, August 2005). Photo source: Wikimedia Commons.