Giant Killer single work   short story   science fiction  
Issue Details: First known date: 1945 1945
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'"Giant Killer" is a closed universe story wherein the characters (or at least some of them) do not realize that their environment constitutes only a small, confined space. It is arguably his finest work of science fiction'. (Isaac Asimov, ctd. www.bertramchandler.com)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

  • Appears in:
    y Astounding Science Fiction Analog; Astounding/Analog Science Fact & Fiction; Astounding Stories of Super-Science vol. 36 no. 2 October 1945 Z989597 1945 periodical issue science fiction 1945
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    y Astounding Science Fiction [British Edition] vol. 5 no. 3 March 1946 Z1861013 1946 periodical issue science fiction 1946
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    y World of Wonder Fletcher Pratt (editor), New York (City) : Twayne , 1951 Z1861045 1951 anthology short story science fiction New York (City) : Twayne , 1951 pg. 385-434
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    y Great Short Novels of SF Robert Silverberg (editor), New York (City) : Ballantine Books , 1970 Z1826277 1970 anthology short story science fiction New York (City) : Ballantine Books , 1970
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    y The Astounding/Analog Reader : Volume 1 Harry Harrison (editor), Brian Wilson Aldiss (editor), New York (City) : Doubleday , 1972 Z1826331 1972 anthology short story science fiction New York (City) : Doubleday , 1972 pg. 433-476
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    y The Astounding/Analog Reader: Book Two Harry Harrison (editor), Brian Wilson Aldiss (editor), London : Sphere , 1973 Z1861383 1973 anthology short story London : Sphere , 1973 pg. 216-262
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    y Novella : 3 Ben Bova (editor), England : Futura , 1978 Z1732413 1978 anthology novella science fiction England : Futura , 1978 pg. 12-64
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    y The Arbor House Treasury of Great Science Fiction Short Novels Robert Silverberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), New York (City) : Arbor House , 1980 Z1861390 1980 anthology short story science fiction An anthology of 15 novellas/short stories by such authors as Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, A. Bertram Chandler, Cordwainer Smith, Theodore Sturgeon, Robert Silverberg and James Blish. Editors Silverberg and Greenburg also contribute an introductory essay.
    New York (City) : Arbor House , 1980
    pg. 438-481
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    y Isaac Asimov Presents : The Great Science Fiction Stories Volume 7, 1945 Isaac Asimov (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), New York (City) : DAW Books , 1982 Z1862745 1982 anthology short story science fiction New York (City) : DAW Books , 1982 pg. 264-312
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    y SF Magazine no. 24 May 1983 Z1861850 1983 periodical issue science fiction 1983
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    y Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction : Fourth Series Isaac Asimov (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), New York (City) : Bonanza Books , 1986 Z1861777 1986 anthology short story science fiction Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction, Fourth Series is a 1984 hardcover reprint of Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 7 (1945) and Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 8 (1946). It is the fourth in a series of 6 two-volume books which together reprinted the first 12 of 25 books in the Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories series of compilations.

    The 'Introduction' is the combined contents of the two introductions to the individual volumes, then each story follows in order of original publication with individual introductions by both editors. The authors include: Fredric Brown, Isaac Asimov, Murray Leinster, Lester del Rey, A. Bertram Chandler, Lewis Padgett, Theodore Sturgeon, Arthur C. Clarke and Ray Bradbury.
    New York (City) : Bonanza Books , 1986
    pg. 264-312
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    y The Mammoth Book of Golden Age Science Fiction : Short Novels of the 1940s Isaac Asimov (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Charles G. Waugh (editor), London : Robinson Publishing Ltd , 1989 Z1862832 1989 anthology short story science fiction 'The golden age of science fiction, from the early 1940s through the 1950s, saw an explosion of talent in SF writing, including authors such as Isaac Asimov, Robert A. Heinlein, and Arthur C. Clarke. Their writing helped science fiction gain wide public attention, and left a lasting impression upon society. The same writers formed the mold for the next three decades of science fiction, and much of their writing remains as fresh today as it was then (www.barnes&noble.com).
    London : Robinson Publishing Ltd , 1989
    pg. 369-413
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    y Worlds Imagined : 14 Short Science Fiction Novels Robert Silverberg (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), New York (City) : Avenel Books , 1989 Z1862837 1989 anthology novella science fiction New York (City) : Avenel Books , 1989 pg. 448-493
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    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. 303-338
  • Appears in:
    y Great Tales of the Golden Age of Science Fiction Science Fiction : Classic Stories from the Golden Age of Science Fiction Isaac Asimov (editor), Martin H. Greenberg (editor), Charles G. Waugh (editor), New York (City) : Galahad Books , 1991 Z1861858 1991 anthology short story science fiction New York (City) : Galahad Books , 1991 pg. 331-375
  • Appears in:
    y Jim Baen's Universe vol. 2 no. 1 June 2007 Z1861868 2007 periodical issue science fiction 2007

Works about this Work

First Flights...or Kangaroo Hops? The Early Work of Australian SF Writers Sean McMullen , 1989 single work column
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 10 no. 2 (Issue 29) 1989; (p. 40-57)
My Life and Grimes A. Bertram Chandler , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Scythrop , April no. 22 1971; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Chandler discusses several aspects of his career as a writer, including his early stories, the influence of the sea and Australia on his writing, his favourite character John Grimes and some of the problems he had with magazine publishers.

[Untitled] A. Bertram Chandler , 1966 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Science Fiction Review , December no. 5 1966; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-; (p. Letters)

Chandler responds to a review and profile published in Australian Science Fiction Review 3 (1966).

First Flights...or Kangaroo Hops? The Early Work of Australian SF Writers Sean McMullen , 1989 single work column
— Appears in: Science Fiction : A Review of Speculative Literature , vol. 10 no. 2 (Issue 29) 1989; (p. 40-57)
My Life and Grimes A. Bertram Chandler , 1971 single work
— Appears in: Scythrop , April no. 22 1971; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-;

Chandler discusses several aspects of his career as a writer, including his early stories, the influence of the sea and Australia on his writing, his favourite character John Grimes and some of the problems he had with magazine publishers.

[Untitled] A. Bertram Chandler , 1966 single work correspondence
— Appears in: Australian Science Fiction Review , December no. 5 1966; A. Bertram Chandler 2004-; (p. Letters)

Chandler responds to a review and profile published in Australian Science Fiction Review 3 (1966).

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