Early Harvest

by Greg Bear
Release date: 1988
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction, non-fiction, short stories

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.

Contents:

  • Introduction
  • Fiction
    • "A Martian Ricorso"
    • Webster
  • Film Criticism
    • Alien
    • Raiders of the Lost Ark — On the Side of the Angels
    • The Ayatollah of Dune
    • Superman: Leaping Over the Changing Decads
    • The Shining
  • Journalism
    • Spiritless Night in Room 502
    • Fahrenheit 451 — A 1984 with Hope
    • The Machineries of Joy
    • Memorial Service for Ted Sturgeon
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