The 1982 Annual World's Best Sf, edited by Donald A. Wollheim, with Arthur W. Saha (DAW, $2.95). The generations pass; a best of the year anthology without a single story by any of the Founding Fathers, '50s Satirists, or '60s New Wavers. The most familiar figures here are James Tiptree Jr. and John Varley; in Varley's story "The Pusher," a man returns after six months' of near speed of light travel to find that his baby daughter has grown up, and now has a husband and a wife-times change, as the star traveler notes. Other stories are by Somtow Sucharitkul, who was this year's Campbell award winner for best new writer, C.J. Cherryh, and the up and coming Michael Shea.
The Eureka Years: Boucher and McComas's Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction 1949-1954, edited by Annette Peltz McComas (Bantam, $3.50). What a nifty anthology! Not merely stories from F&SF but also letters to and from Boucher or McComas, essay, features, editorials, lists of neglected classics, recommended readings, articles, memoirs and more. Among the more famous stories included are Theodore Sturgeon's "The Hurkle is a Happy Beast" and Alfred Bester's "Of Time and Third Avenue."
They'd Rather Be Right, by Mark Clifton and Frank Riley (Starblaze/The Donning Company, 5659 Virginia Beach Blvd., Norfolk, Va. 23502, $4.95). Long out of print, this novel received a Hugo award back in the '50s during a time when Clifton was among the hottest writers going. His star has faded, though some critics (notably Barry Malzberg) have pointed out his many virtues. In this book a process has been discovered that can confer immortality but not on bigots; so a computer is invented that works the ultimate psychotherapy, removing all subconscious belief systems. But no one quite trusts "Bossy." Perhaps with good reason