"Itself!"
Short Fiction 1962 1,035 words

Description

A sentient submarine prowls the seas searching for prey, obeying the commands of its mysterious masters.

  • Hoffman Electronics, a firm that contracted for the Defense Department, commissioned six short-short stories by various well-known SF authors. These stories appeared throughout 1962 as part of advertisements for Hoffman which originally appeared in the pages of Scientific American but were also reprinted in other magazines. A chart giving information about these stories, along with scans of most of the original ads, is available here.

  • This tale has some similarities to the short story "Carthing" [aka "Chevrolet, I Love You"].

Included In
The Earth Killers and Other Stories 2010
The Far-Out Worlds of A.E. van Vogt 1968
The Worlds of A.E. van Vogt 1974
English
Scientific American magazine
1962 January
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cover artist: unknown

First appearance

A chart giving information about the Hoffman ads, along with scans of most of them, is available here.

artist: unknown

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Gamma magazine
1963 July Star Press
digest Vol 1, No 1 — Issue #1 130 pages $0.50

cover art by
Morris Scott Dollens

Month not certain.

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The Human Zero and Other Science-Fiction Masterpieces anthology
edited by Sam Moskowitz & Roger Elwood
1967 Tower
paperback 43-906 224 pages $0.60

cover artist: unknown

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101 Science Fiction Stories anthology
edited by Jenny-Lynn Waugh & Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg
1987 June Avenel
hardback 0-517-60669-0 651 pages $7.98

cover artist: unknown

Reprinted as The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories.

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The Giant Book of Science Fiction Stories anthology
edited by Jenny-Lynn Waugh & Charles G. Waugh & Martin H. Greenberg
1992 Magpie
trade 1-85487-150-1 651 pages £3.99

cover art by
Jim Burn

Originally published as 101 Science Fiction Stories.

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100 Astounding Little Alien Stories anthology
edited by Robert Weinberg & Stefan Dziemianowicz & Martin H. Greenberg
1996 September Barnes & Noble
hardback 0-7607-0142-3 544 pages $7.98

cover art by
Cheryl Knippenburg

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Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts anthology
edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
1997 April General
trade 1-57544-056-3 304 pages $12.95

cover art by
Kurt Wahlner

This anthology was later expanded in 2000.

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Ackermanthology: 65 Astonishing, Rediscovered Sci-Fi Shorts: Millennium Edition anthology
edited by Forrest J. Ackerman
2000 September Sense of Wonder Press
trade 0-918736-25-0 302 pages $14.95

cover art by
Anton Brzezinski

A shorter version of this anthology originally appeared in 1997.

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