WorldCat Identities

Tenn, William 1920-2010

Works: 71 works in 178 publications in 5 languages and 2,254 library holdings
Genres: Fiction  Short stories 
Roles: Author, Editor
Classifications: PS3570.E644, 813.54
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Most widely held works about William Tenn
Most widely held works by William Tenn
Of men and monsters by William Tenn( Book )
19 editions published between 1968 and 2011 in English and Czech and held by 313 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Immodest proposals by William Tenn( Book )
7 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 250 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Aliens, aliens, aliens: Firewater -- Lisbon cubed -- Ghost standard -- Flat-eyed monster -- Deserter -- Venus and the seven sexes -- Party of the two parts. -- Immodest proposals: Liberation of Earth -- Eastward ho! -- Null-P -- Masculinist revolt -- Brooklyn project. -- Some odd ones: Child's play -- Wednestay's child -- My mother was a witch -- Lemon-green spaghetti-loud dynamite-dribble day -- Tenants -- Generation of Noah -- Down among the dead men. -- Future: Time in advance -- Sickness -- Servant problem -- Man of family -- Jester -- Project Hush -- Winthrop was stubborn. -- Out there: Dark star -- Consulate -- Last bounce -- Venus is a man's world -- Alexander the Bait -- Custodian -- On Venus, have we got a rabbi
Once against the law. ( Book )
1 edition published in 1968 in English and held by 240 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time in advance by William Tenn( Book )
20 editions published between 1958 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 176 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Originally published in the August 1956 issue of GALAXY, this novelette shows William Tenn (pseudonym for Phillip Klass) at the peak of his career in science fiction. Sardonic, profoundly disillusioned and fashioned in the form of a classic deductive mystery, the work was enormously influential and its central plot premise has been appropriated by others over many decades. Original to science fiction--perhaps to the entire body of literature--is the concept of penal terms served "in escrow"; a prospective felon is permitted to do the crime before committing the crime and for the service is granted on completion a get-out-of-jail free card. (Obviously those wishing to commit murder must serve more time in escrow than prospective thieves or embezzlers.) Tenn's protagonist commits himself to a long term of penal servitude on a hellish planet in order that he may have the opportunity to wreak revenge upon the business partner who has betrayed him. As one of the relatively few who serve such a severe sentence in advance for a severe crime who survives, he emerges prepared to use his promissory note. What he learns however is that there are many levels of crime, many kinds of betrayal and much which is only apparently real. Written with deadpan, ungiving ferocity, TIME IN ADVANCE shows Tenn at a point where he had perfected his style toward apparent (but only apparent) effortlessness
Children of wonder : 21 remarkable and fantastic tales by William Tenn( Book )
3 editions published in 1953 in English and held by 162 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Here comes civilization by William Tenn( Book )
4 editions published in 2001 in English and held by 132 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Of all possible worlds : stories by William Tenn( Book )
18 editions published between 1954 and 1973 in 4 languages and held by 126 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The human angle by William Tenn( Book )
8 editions published between 1956 and 1992 in English and Polish and held by 92 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The square root of man by William Tenn( Book )
9 editions published between 1968 and 2013 in English and Polish and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The wooden star by William Tenn( Book )
4 editions published between 1968 and 1981 in English and held by 78 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Time waits for Winthrop by William Tenn( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
In an afterword to this story when it was reprinted over a decade ago in his three volume complete works, Phillip Klass (who used the pseudonym William Tenn for his science fiction) noted that he had been paid originally $790 for this 23,000 word novella which was, before he sold BERNIE THE FAUST for $5000 to Playboy a few years later, the largest amount he had ever received for a single work. Such was the science fiction market in the 50's (and so for the most part is the science fiction market today). TIME WAITS FOR WINTHROP, published in 1957, was the longest of Tenn's contributions to GALAXY and among his last (a short story, THE DISCOVERY OF MORNIEL MATHAWAY was to follow in 1958 and then THE MEN IN THE WALLS, the first third of his one novel, in 1963). It may be the most carefully worked and precise of his many contributions to the magazine. Superficially dealing with the tension overwhelming a group of corporately-displaced time travelers when one of them, the eponymous Winthrop, decides that he does not want to return to a despicable present this novella is really about culture shock, culture conflict, the narcissism of humanity...topics which concerned Twain, Voltaire and Jonathan Swift and which were worked out no less elegantly by William Tenn. It was in the publication of this novella that Horace Gold deliberately or through inadvertence revealed the author's true identity, printed Phillip Klass at the end of the work (GALAXY's symbol for finis) rather than the pseudonym. Klass was infuriated, betrayed at the time, wrote many years later that he had come to realize that with this novella he had again demonstrated complete artistic maturity and that Horace was telling him Time to grow up and accept your fate, Phil
The flat-eyed monster by William Tenn( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
THE FLAT-EYED MONSTER (August 1955) is exemplary of the story of distorted or skewed perspective which fascinated Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY magazine. Call these "reversals" in which the use of uncommon perspective skews the material under observation into a new formulation. Here, the "alien" is human, the "predicament" is one which the aliens face in his presence and the mysterious, alien forces exerted by the protagonist are as seemingly involuntary as they are threatening. By the summer of 1955, Phillip Klass had fully asserted himself as Gold's first-line satirist in an increasingly satirical magazine and the offhand panache of this story and its fluidity fail to mask real horror. (This was a familiar ploy of Klass's; it is manifest in his early and perhaps most famous story, CHILD'S PLAY in the March 1947 ASTOUNDING.) The story's predicament is a masterpiece of solipsism expressed in false omnipotence, the payoff is both utterly surprising and retrospectively inevitable. "Who is the real alien?" and "What is the true nature of alienness?" were questions which--perhaps as a product of his own severe, entrapping neurosis--obsessed Horace Gold and his magazine became a means of search toward an answer. Klass and this novelette are cunning enough to raise the possibility that its solipsistic and imprisoned protagonist is a portrait of Horace Gold, that the "aliens" he is manipulating are Gold's contributors...and that Gold, editor and solipsist ultimately gets exactly what he deserves. "Ah, Phil," Klass (in an essay thirty years later imagines Horace saying to him), "You were never a mere instrument."
Betelgeuse Bridge by William Tenn( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tenn's second contribution to Galaxy and his first of a series dealing with interstellar racketeering, Betelgeuse Bridge was first published in the April 1951 issue. Its baroque humor, Runyonesque portrait of corruption and narrative ingenuity foreshadowed Tenn's dominance of Galaxy for the next decade. Appearing in the same issue as Poul Anderson's Inside Earth and Cyril Kornbluth's The marching morons, Horace Gold had made it an important part of his signal to the science fiction community and the general audience that his new magazine had literary ambition, social awareness and a level of technical execution more central than had ever before been known
Party of the two parts by William Tenn( )
1 edition published in 2011 in English and held by 75 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Horace Gold's editorial persona at GALAXY magazine was devoted to the proposition that the only way to tell the truth was through the back door and in costume; PARTY OF THE TWO PARTS (August 1954) is the most savage meditation on and destruction of pornography and its industry which had been published at the time it appeared, but William Tenn made sure that it was so funny that it could slide by as wicked comedy. By mid-1954 Philip Klass, the purveyor of this pseudonym, had settled fully into his role as the deadliest and most effective satirist of that group of satirists (Kornbluth, Knight, Sheckley) who had been nurtured by Gold into the central voices of his magazine. The hapless alien merchant of this novelette, an entrapped ameboid alien fugitive, deliberately circulates photographs of ameboid reproduction to Terran publishers of biology textbooks. For Terran schoolchildren the photographs are instruction, to the Cosmic Cops they are the most graphic and prurient of pornography and they seek his extradition. "Not pornography on Earth!" the alien's lawyers protest, "Absolute pornography on his home planet!" respond the Cosmic Cops. The legal complexities and tirades expand. Seven years before LADY CHATTERLEY was hauled into the Supreme Court, Tenn's portrayal of the matter is more expansive. "One of the twenty greatest science fiction stories and surely the funniest" ENGINES OF THE NIGHT notes
The seven sexes by William Tenn( Book )
5 editions published between 1968 and 1992 in English and Polish and held by 53 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Outsiders: children of wonder : 21 remarkable and fantastic tales by William Tenn( Book )
4 editions published between 1953 and 1954 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A lamp for Medusa by William Tenn( Book )
2 editions published in 1968 in English and held by 30 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Great radio science fiction 8 legendary radio programs ( Recording )
2 editions published in 2004 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"Let your imagination soar as you listen to this 4 hour collection of science fiction classics. Be transported to another time and place through the works of Robert A. Heinlein, Clifford D. Simak, Ray Bradbury and others"--Container
Project Hush by William Tenn( )
1 edition published in 2010 in English and held by 16 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Immodest proposals : the complete science fiction of William Tenn by William Tenn( Book )
1 edition published in 2001 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
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Alternative Names
Klass, Philip.
Klass, Philip, 1920-
Klass Philip 1920-2010
Klass, Philipp
Tenns, V. (Viljams), 1920-
Тенн, Уильям, 1920-
テン, ウィリアム
English (99)
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Polish (7)
Czech (2)
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