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Subject: Tor Doubles
Date Posted: 3/2/2010 8:34 PM ET
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About 20 years ago, when they were new, I bought some Tor Science Fiction doubles.  You know, they contained two novellas each, were printed back to back with two covers - sort of like the earlier Ace Doubles.  After some time I realized it was looking like a collection, and I started hunting for more at used book stores, and trading online at bookcrossing, sf-books, and paperbackswap.  In the past 2 or 3 years, they have become almost impossible to find that way, so I finally threw in the towel and ordered the last four through Amazon.com partners.  So, pardon me, while I do a little victory dance here. 

Here's the list.


1 A Meeting with Medusa/Green Mars, by Clarke/Robinson Oct '88
2 Hardfought/Cascade Point, by Bear/Zahn Nov '88
3 Born With the Dead/The Saliva Tree, by Silverberg/Aldiss Dec '88
4 Tango Charlie and Foxtrot Romeo/The Star Pit, by Varley/Delany Jan '89
5 No Truce with Kings/Ship of Shadows, by Anderson/Leiber Feb '89
6 Enemy Mine/Another Orphan, by Longyear/Kessel Mar '89
7 Screwtop/The Girl Who Was Plugged In, by McIntyre/Tiptree Apr '89
8 The Nemesis from Terra/Battle for the Stars, by Bracket/Hamilton May '89
9 The Ugly Little Boy/The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff, by Asimov/Sturgeon Jun '89
10 Sailing to Byzantium/Seven American Nights, by Silverberg/Wolfe Jul '89
11 Houston, Houston, Do You Read?/Souls, by Russ/Tiptree Aug '89
12 He Who Shapes/The Infinity Box, by Zelazny,Wilhelm Sep '89
13 The Blind Geometer/The New Atlantis, by Robinson/LeGuin Oct '89
14 The Saturn Game/Iceborn, by Anderson/Benford Nov '89
15 The Last Castle/Nightwings, By Vance/Silverberg Dec '89
16 The Color of Neanderthal Eyes/And Strange at Ecbatan the Trees, by Tiptree/Bishop Jan '90
17 Divide and Rule/The Sword of Rhiannon, by DeCamp/Brackett Jan '90
18 In Another Country/Vintage Season, by Silverberg/Moore Feb '90
19 Ill Met in Lankhmar/The Fair in Emain Macha, by Lieber/DeLint Mar '90
20 The Pugnacious Peacemaker/The Wheels of If, by DeCamp/Turtledove Apr '90
21 Home Is the Hangman/We, in Some Strange Power's Employ, Move on a Rigorous Line, by Delany/Zelazny May '90
22 Thieves' Carnival/The Jewel of Bas, by Haber/Brackett Jun '90
23 Riding the Torch/Tin Soldier, by Vinge/Spinrad Jul '90
24 Elegy for Angels and Dogs/The Graveyard Heart, by Williams/Zelazny Aug '90
25 Fugue State/The Death of Doctor Island, by Ford/Wolfe Sep '90
26 PRESS ENTER []/Hawksbill Station, by Varley/Silverberg Oct '90
27 Eye for an Eye/The Tunesmith, by Card/Biggle Nov '90
28 A Short, Sharp Shock/The Dragon Masters, by Robinson/Vance Dec '90
29 Nanoware Time/The Persistence of Vision, by Watson/Varley Jan '91
30 The Longest Voyage/Slow Lightning, by Anderson/Popkes Feb '91
31 Naked to the Stars/The Alien Way, by Dickson Mar '91
32 Run for the Stars/Echoes of Thunder, by Ellison/Dann&Haldeman Apr '91
33 Rule Golden/Double Meaning, by Knight May '91
34 Bwana/Bully!, by Resnick Jun '91
35 Silent Thunder/Universe, by Ing/Heinlein Jul '91
36 Conjure Wife/Our Lady of Darkness, by Leiber Aug '91
Date Posted: 3/2/2010 9:30 PM ET
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Congratulations on completing your collection.  That's quite a list.  I don't think I have read more than four of those, which is to say, four halves.

Date Posted: 3/2/2010 10:12 PM ET
Member Since: 4/18/2009
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LOL! That is quite impressive. . . all I've read is The Girl Who Was Plugged In, though I think the other two Tiptree novellas are in Her Smoke Rose Up Forever, which I just got about a month ago here. . . at least, I'm positive one of them is. And I think my parents have a couple of those doubles in their library, so if I wanted to I could read them as well. . . but I bet most of those novellas have fallen completely out of print. :( Kudos for capturing them all!

Date Posted: 3/3/2010 7:42 AM ET
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Congrats!  I always liked those doubles.   You've got some good stories there.   It's interesting what authors/stories they pick to go together.  I have never read anything by Biggle.  Unless maybe a short story in some anthology.  I wonder if he's out of print altogether.  I keep looking in used book stores but we don't have any really good ones around here.