The Idol single work   short story   science fiction  
Alternative title: Idol Hands
Issue Details: First known date: 1959 1959
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George's taxation cheating gimmick was good, very good. He liked to collect oddities from the end of the universe, and no one knew these curios from outer space would stock a renowned gift shop. Then he found the idol.


Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Fantastic vol. 8 no. 8 August 1959 Z1683603 1959 periodical issue science fiction fantasy 1959 pg. 57-69
  • Appears in:
    y Man Junior May 1959 Z1702083 1959 periodical issue 1959 pg. 36-38, 40, 58
    Note: As Idol Hands.
  • Appears in:
    y Weird Mystery no. 2 Winter 1970 Z1688096 1970 periodical issue mystery science fiction 1970 pg. 81-93
  • Appears in:
    y From Sea to Shining Star A. Bertram Chandler , Fyshwick : Dreamstone , 1990 Z309117 1990 selected work short story science fiction

    This collection of thirty Chandler stories spans his entire career. Many of the stories, which were only available in hard-to-find magazines, are accompanied by illustrations.

    In a review of the collection published in Eidolon 4 (March 1991), Leigh Edmonds writes, 'The stories fall into two sections, as the title suggests. The first third or so of the collection, "From Sea . . .", contains stories set mainly on this planet, while the second two thirds. . . To Shining Star", are space-faring stories. A great many of the stories are really, however, seafaring ones with all the lore of the sea and Chandler's experience in the merchant marine finding expression. Some stories deal directly with the experience of travelling at sea or in space, others tell stories about the people who travel, either on their journeys or once they arrive'.

    Source: Eidolon ('From Sea to Shining Star').

    Fyshwick : Dreamstone , 1990
    pg. 159-167
Language: Russian
  • Appears in:
    y Gammel'nskaya Plague Гаммельнская чума; The Hamelin Plague A. Bertram Chandler , Moscow : ACT , 2004 Z1838755 2004 selected work novella short story Gammel'nskaya Plague, translated into English as The Hamelin Plague, contains:

      • 'Into the Alternate Universe (1964), translated by T. Serebryanoy.
      • 'Contraband from Otherspace' (1967), translated by T. Serebryanoy.
      • 'Alternate Orbits (aka 'The Commodore at Sea,' 1971), a collection of stories translated by O. Chumichevoy.
      • 'Rendezvous on a Lost World' (aka 'When the Dream Dies,' 1961), translated by T. Fedotovoy.
      • 'Gammel'nskaya Plague' (aka 'The Hamelin Plague,' 1963), translated by A. Suvorovoy.
      • 'The Idol (1959).
      • 'It Started With Sputnik' (1958).
    Moscow : ACT , 2004
    pg. 573-584
Last amended 23 Jun 2010