Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction

Wandering Stars
Editor: Jack Dann
Publisher: Harper & Row
Published: 1974-05-02

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Wandering Stars: An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy and Science Fiction, edited by Jack Dann.  New York, Hagerstown:  Harper & Row, Publishers, 1974, 243 p., cloth.  Cover design by Sidney Feinberg.  [anthology] [ISBN: 0-06-010944-0]

  1. [Garden City, NY:  Science Fiction Book Club, 1974], 243 p., cloth.  Title page reads:  New York, Hagerstown:  Harper & Row, Publishers.
  2. New York:  Pocket Books, November 1975, 253 p., paper.  Front cover illustration by Charles Moll. [ISBN: 671-78789-6]
  3. London:  The Woburn Press, 1975, 239 p., cloth.
  4. Woodstock, Vermont:  Jewish Lights Publishing, 1998, 240 p., trade paperback. Front cover illustration by Michael Bogdanow. [ISBN: 1-58023-005-9]
  5. as:  __________.  Moscow:  Text Publishers, 201_, ___ p., ____.  [Russian]

This was the first anthology ever published of original and reprint science fiction and fantasy stories on Jewish themes; it has become a classic in the genre.  See also the sequel, More Wandering Stars (A10).

CONTENTS

  1. “Why Me?” by Isaac Asimov (Introduction);
  2. “The Golem,” by Avram Davidson;
  3. “Unto the Fourth Generation,” by Isaac Asimov;
  4. “Look, You Think You’ve Got Troubles,” by Carol Carr; “Goslin Day,” by Avram Davidson;
  5. “The Dybbuk of Mazel Tov IV,” by Robert Silverberg;
  6. “Trouble with Water,” by Horace L. Gold;
  7. “Gather Blue Roses,” by Pamela Sargent;
  8. “The Jewbird,” by Bernard Malamud;
  9. “Paradise Last,” by George Alec Effinger;
  10. “Street of Dreams, Feet of Clay,” by Robert Sheckley;
  11. “Jachid and Jechidah,” by Isaac Bashevis Singer;
  12. “I’m Looking for Kadak,” by Harlan Ellison.

Also included but not listed on the contents page is a Yiddish glossary by Harlan Ellison entitled “Ellison’s Grammatical Guide and Glossary for Goyim.”  Introductory notes to the stories were contributed anonymously by the editor.

A few copies of the first edition were published with the name “Jack Dunn” printed on the spine; this was corrected in later printings.