Agent of Vega & Other Stories
James H. Schmitz
Baen, 2001 (2004)
Reviewed by Theresa Ichino
hese classics by a master of science-fiction were published between 1943 and 1968. Since I remember fondly the hours of entertainment I enjoyed thanks to James Schmitz's talent and imagination, I was delighted to see that editors Eric Flint and Guy Gordon were able to bring out a new edition and thus introduce an SF master to a new generation. Mercedes Lackey's preface was also a pleasure to read. Her eloquent description of her discovery of science-fiction, and the sense of wonder it evokes, reminded me of my own similar experience.
he stories in the section '
Agent of Vega
' present some unusual trouble-shooters with extraordinary autonomy, essential given the kinds of problems they are called upon to settle (from murderous pirates to alien invaders) virtually single-handed. The agents range from an irascible old pro to a supremely confident youngster. What they have in common is a toughness that refuses to yield, even to overwhelming odds. The remaining stories highlight Scmitz's versatility, and represent an interesting sampling of classic science-fiction, which has a
different from modern stories. You will meet a rather ruthless but beneficent secret society, some rebellious genetic supermen, a big brother who goes to considerable lengths to protect his sister, and a creepy little horror that grows and grows and grows ...
ike all good SF writers, Schmitz postulates
that tickle the imagination. Thanks to Eric Flint, his other works are now available in attractive new printings. Enjoy an old master who knows how to spin an artful tale.
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