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Orbit 2 by Damon Knight
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Orbit 2

by Damon Knight

Other authors: Brian W. Aldiss (Contributor), R. A. Lafferty (Contributor), Philip Latham (Contributor), Richard McKenna (Contributor), Kit Reed (Contributor)4 more, Joanna Russ (Contributor), Ted Thomas (Contributor), Kate Wilhelm (Contributor), Gene Wolfe (Contributor)

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Series: Orbit anthologies (2)

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In the late 1960s, while a high school student, I read a strange SF novella called "Fiddler's Green."

Around 2001, having for a couple of years tapped into the collective consciousness of current and former Tulsans on TulsaTVMemories.com, the story resurfaced in my mind.

I could not remember the author's name or where I read it. I thought it might have been from one of my dad's Reader's Digest condensed books.

"Fiddler's Green" stuck in my mind particularly because I knew I had not fully understood it (and it is a great story.)

With Google, I found out that the author was Richard McKenna, and that I probably had read the story in the Orbit 2 anthology.

Here are a couple of online mentions of this unique story. If you are reading this, you may have found them, too:

Writer Robert Silverberg (whose juvenile novel, Lost Race of Mars, was probably the first SF I read) is said on AbeBooks.com to have called "Fiddler's Green" "...surely the most moving and profound desert-island fantasy ever written."

The July 2001 issue of Cloud Chamber (an online fanzine by David Langford) described it as a "disturbingly odd tale of escape from death at sea into a flawed consensus reality."

More at: http://tulsatvmemories.com/fiddlersgreen.html ( )
  TulsaTV | Mar 23, 2011 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Damon Knightprimary authorall editionscalculated
Aldiss, Brian W.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lafferty, R. A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Latham, PhilipContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
McKenna, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Reed, KitContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Russ, JoannaContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Thomas, TedContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wilhelm, KateContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Wolfe, GeneContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Lehr, PaulCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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