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James H. Schmitz (1911–1981)

Author of The Witches of Karres

111+ Works 5,730 Members 106 Reviews 29 Favorited

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Works by James H. Schmitz

The Witches of Karres (1966) — Author — 1,137 copies
Telzey Amberdon (2000) — Author — 484 copies
TNT: Telzey & Trigger (2000) — Author — 430 copies
The Universe Against Her (1964) — Author — 365 copies
The Demon Breed (1968) 363 copies
The Hub : Dangerous Territory (2001) — Author — 355 copies
The Lion Game (1973) 327 copies
Trigger & Friends (2001) 317 copies
Legacy (1962) 299 copies
Agent of Vega & Other Stories [11-story collection] (2001) — Author — 277 copies
Agent of Vega [4-story collection] (1960) — Author — 276 copies
Eternal Frontier (2002) 157 copies
A Pride of Monsters (1970) 81 copies
The Eternal Frontiers (1848) 80 copies
The Winds of Time (2009) 23 copies
The Star Hyacinths (2009) 18 copies
Lion Loose [short story] (2011) 17 copies
Watch the Sky (2010) 15 copies
Ham Sandwich (2010) 14 copies
Novice [short story] (1962) 14 copies
Gone Fishing (2010) 11 copies
Oneness [short story] (1963) 11 copies
The Other Likeness (2010) 11 copies
Alpha et Oméga (collection) (1977) — Author — 9 copies
Undercurrents 5 copies
Planet Of Forgetting (1965) 5 copies
Goblin Night 5 copies
The Searcher (1966) 4 copies
Company Planet 4 copies
Greenface 4 copies
The Custodians 4 copies
Spacemaster (1964) 4 copies
The Pork Chop Tree (1965) 3 copies
Rogue Psi 3 copies
Caretaker 3 copies
Sleep No More 3 copies
Trouble Tide 3 copies
Compulsion 3 copies
Resident Witch 3 copies
The Machmen (1964) 3 copies
Summer Guests 3 copies
The Symbiotes (1972) 3 copies
Tuvela 1 2 copies
Just Curious 2 copies
One Step Ahead 2 copies
Crime Buff 2 copies
Research Alpha 2 copies
Poltergeist 2 copies
These Are the Arts (1962) 2 copies
Prądy czasu 1 copy
Amazing Stories, November 1962 — Contributor — 1 copy
Race démoniaque (1968) 1 copy
Plazmoidy 1 copy
Science Fiction Special 27 (1978) — Contributor — 1 copy
Demonska vrsta (1999) 1 copy
Attitudes 1 copy
Would You? 1 copy
Faddist 1 copy
Tuvela 2 1 copy
Clean Slate 1 copy
The Altruist 1 copy

Associated Works

The Wizard of Karres (2004) — Series Creator — 530 copies
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) — Contributor — 454 copies
The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories (1992) — Contributor — 446 copies
100 Hair-Raising Little Horror Stories (1993) — Contributor — 437 copies
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contributor — 408 copies
Nebula Award Stories 1965 (1966) — Contributor — 260 copies
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contributor — 247 copies
The World Turned Upside Down (2005) — Contributor — 219 copies
Tomorrow's Children (1966) — Contributor — 197 copies
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contributor — 196 copies
The Science Fiction Bestiary (1972) — Contributor — 148 copies
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contributor — 148 copies
Time Probe: The Sciences in Science Fiction (1966) — Contributor — 141 copies
Penguin Science Fiction (1961) — Contributor — 135 copies
Analog: The Best of Science Fiction (1982) — Author — 127 copies
Spectrum 5 (1952) — Contributor — 120 copies
Five-Odd (1954) — Contributor — 112 copies
World's Best Science Fiction: 1966 (1966) — Author — 110 copies
New Writings in SF-3 (1964) — Contributor — 106 copies
Analog 2 (1962) — Contributor — 99 copies
The Good Old Stuff (1998) — Contributor — 96 copies
Unknown Worlds : Tales from Beyond (1988) — Contributor — 90 copies
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 11 (1949) (1984) — Contributor — 80 copies
Decade: The 1950s (1978) — Author — 69 copies
Mind to Mind (1971) — Contributor — 63 copies
100 Astounding Little Alien Stories (1996) — Contributor — 59 copies
Explorers: SF Adventures to Far Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 54 copies
Assignment in Tomorrow: An Anthology (1954) — Contributor — 54 copies
Towards Infinity (1938) — Contributor — 44 copies
SF: Authors' Choice 2 (1970) — Contributor — 41 copies
On Our Way to the Future (1970) — Contributor — 39 copies
Analog Anthology #3: Children of the Future (1982) — Contributor — 39 copies
The Folio Science Fiction Anthology (2016) — Contributor — 38 copies
14 Great Tales of ESP (1969) — Contributor — 36 copies
The Baen Big Book of Monsters (2014) — Contributor — 34 copies
This side of infinity (1972) — Author — 34 copies
Sense of Wonder: A Century of Science Fiction (2011) — Contributor — 30 copies
Tomorrow 1 (1971) — Contributor — 29 copies
The Universes of E.E. Smith (1968) — Introduction — 24 copies
In Space No One Can Hear You Scream (2013) — Contributor — 20 copies
The Best from Amazing Stories (1973) — Contributor — 20 copies
Exploring the Horizons (2000) — Contributor — 20 copies
Space Pioneers (1954) — Contributor — 16 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1955 02 (1955) — Contributor — 13 copies
Science fiction verhalen [1969] — Contributor, some editions — 13 copies
Galaxy Science Fiction 1950 December, Vol. 1, No. 3 (1950) — Contributor — 13 copies
The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952) — Contributor — 13 copies
Alfa Vier: SF-Verhalen (1976) 12 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1951 03 (1951) — Contributor — 12 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1951 07 (1951) — Contributor — 10 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1956 11 (1956) — Contributor — 10 copies
Things From Outer Space (2016) — Contributor — 8 copies
Astounding Science Fiction 1949 12 (1949) — Contributor — 8 copies
The Infinite Web (1977) — Contributor — 8 copies
To The Stars: Eight Stories of Science Fiction (1971) — Contributor — 7 copies
Alfred Hitchcock's Fatal Attractions (1983) — Contributor — 7 copies
Space Police (1956) — Contributor — 7 copies
Science Fiction Stories 1 (1971) — Contributor — 6 copies
Ullstein 2000 sf-stories 67. Drei Erzählungen (1977) — Author — 6 copies
ULLSTEIN 2000 SF STORIES 25 (1973) — Contributor — 4 copies
Saturn, May 1957 (Vol. 1 ∙ No. 2) (1957) — Contributor — 2 copies
Il sesto palazzo e altri racconti (1965) — Contributor — 1 copy
Avontuur in ruimte & tijd nummer 3 — Contributor — 1 copy

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June Group Read: Exploring the worlds of James H. Schmitz in 75 Books Challenge for 2019 (July 2019)
Les sorcières de Karres in SF & Fantasy (October 2012)
Sci fi -read in 1990 in Name that Book (August 2010)

Reviews

This should have been a fun read, another of Schmitz's stories about teenage girls with psychic powers, as per The Witches of Karres. Unfortunately, there's a lot of telling/info dumping and the Telzey character is what I would classify as a Mary Sue, from classic Trek fanfic days, that is, a female character who is perfect and whom everyone loves. The only difference is that the book lacks the romantic element - but basically the character is so perfect - genius, good looking, develops increasingly fantastic telepathic and other psionic powers - that there's no real drama. The only interesting thing was her relationship with the large intelligent cat of the first story, and how she has to save him, but he is subsequently dropped.… (more)
 
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kitsune_reader | 4 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
The third Schmitz book I've read and the second one about Telzey. These books follow a pattern. The Telzey character is like a cardboard cut out, in that she has no empathy or emotions of any kind. And her mental powers keep becoming more superhuman each story. With the lack of morals as well, in terms of prying into other people's minds and restructuring their personality to make them nicer people, she comes across as monstrous but it is clear that isn't how the author wants the reader to see her.

It is so far away from how a real teenage girl would act/react it suggests that the author lacked empathy with other people. The stories set up ingenious situations but lack real drama - even in the Witches of Karres which isn't quite so bad - there is a wimp out every time some excitement needs to be racked up. Things are resolved far too simply, by coincidence or in the case of the Telzey books by her general ability to do just about anything.
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kitsune_reader | 4 other reviews | Nov 23, 2023 |
Some were really good; others not.
 
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Jeffrey_G | 3 other reviews | Nov 22, 2022 |
What an interesting little book. The stories seem like straight up adventure, but they have odd misdirections, often where some personal goal is the real story instead of the obvious political spy adventure.

These stories were first published in 1949-51, so I expect that readers would have immediately recognized the planet-wide dictator as Hitler. He uses mind control and is slowly going insane. He's started mass murders, but they populace doesn't know it yet. That makes me think that these (and maybe other spy stories) are a reaction to the experience of WWII -- is there some way to defeat a powerful dictator without millions of casualties?

But you don't have to think that hard. You can just enjoy these.
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wunder | 3 other reviews | Feb 3, 2022 |

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