Sunday, December 04, 2011

The Planet Stories Line: Robert Silverberg and Others - Erik Mona

"5. I know this is only the first of a series of Silverberg projects for Planet Stories. Will you describe what follows this volume?

After Hunt the Space-Witch we have two additional Silverberg collections. The Planet Killers, which is on the way to store shelves as I write this, contains three early Silverberg novellas from the old Ace Doubles series. None of them have been reprinted in any form, which makes this volume triple-exciting for me. The stories are "The Planet Killers," "The Plot Against Earth," and "One of our Asteroids is Missing." All three are really fun, and I think the last is among my favorites of all of our upcoming Silverberg material. After The Planet Killers we have another collection of Silverberg novellas entitled The Chalice of Death. This book will collect "The Chalice of Death," "Starhaven," and "Shadow on the Stars," all of which also appeared in the old Ace Doubles series in the late 1950s.

I'm not exactly sure what's next for the line beyond our Silverberg collections. Paizo's Pathfinder RPG business is exploding like a supernova, and our game books sell an order of magnitude higher than the pulp science fiction, which is more a labor of love than a mega-money maker. As such, Pathfinder has sucked a lot of oxygen out of the room, and Planet Stories is kind of standing in the corner, choking a bit, waiting for a little more love and attention. I have some thoughts and some audacious ideas about what happens next, but we're taking it slowly and, at the moment, focusing on more pressing matters with our other product lines."

3.5 out of 5