"The Perfect Day"
Short Fiction 1981 7,000 words
  • So far, this story has only been published in German as "Ein idealer Tag." For a list of the other works to appear first (or only) in a foreign language, see under Computerworld.

Foreign Editions
Language Title & Year Translator

"Ein idealer Tag"     (1981)

Tony Westermayr
"Ein idealer Tag"
Tor zu den Sternen anthology
edited by Peter Wilfert
1981 November Goldmann
trade 3-442-23400-X 204 pages DM 19.80

cover artist: unknown

First appearance

Translated by
Tony Westermayr

Tor zu den Sternen ("Door to the Stars") was published to celebrate the German publisher Wilhelm Goldmann Verlag's 400th science fiction book, in twenty years of printing SF. The idea of this international anthology was to publish completely new SF stories from a few German authors, some from British and American authors that have never before been published in Germany, and some specially written for this anthology.

The stories specially commissioned for this volume from English-speaking authors are:

  • "Small Change" by Ursula K. LeGuin
  • "Not an Affair" by Theodore Sturgeon
  • "The Perfect Day" by A. E. van Vogt
  • "A Cabin on the Coast" by Gene Wolfe
  • "Three Evolutionary Enigmas" by Brian W. Aldiss
  • "While There's Hope..." by John Brunner
  • "The Naked Chicken" by Edmund Cooper
  • "The Murderer's Song" by Michael Moorcock
  • "Kitemaster" by Keith Roberts
The other stories from English-speaking authors mark their first appearance in German.

2 illustrations by
Annette Fräger

Cover image: other
Illustration images: Pfleger
Data: Pfleger