The Telzey Toy (Analog January 1971). A producer of biological the- ater puppets that supposedly have no self-awareness kidnaps Telzey and makes a self-aware duplicate of her who agrees to be called Gaziel. Telzey’s psi abilities have been repressed until the man, Ti, can learn how to control them and her for his own purposes. Telzey needs to free herself as well as Gaziel, who will gradually be able to develop her own distinct personality when free to do so.
Compulsion (Analog June 1970). Telzey Amberdon meets Trigger Argee for the first time. The tree-like siren creatures, known to themselves as Hanas, cause an addiction in humans and other creatures who come in contact with them, and on the three planets they cover, have gradually changed all other creatures until they are little more than parasites.
Resident Witch (Analog May 1970). Telzey agrees to help Wellan Dasinger locate a man who has been abducted by his brother and hidden until he can be permanently disposed of; but the situation proves to be more complex than anticipated, and Telzey risks her life and safety in a temporary personality exchange in order to bring matters to conclusion. Reprinted in The Telzey Toy (DAW #82 1973).
Sleep No More (Analog August 1965). Telzey is still in danger from the source behind the spook attack—seemingly to trap a psi—but this time she is menaced by a teleporting creature. What happens when a psi creature is tricked into materializing inside solid rock? We find out. Reprinted in The Lion Game (DAW #38 1973, British hardcover from Sidgwick and Jackson, 1976).
Goblin Night (Analog April 1965). On a camping trip with eleven other college students and her friend’s huge dog, Telzey receives a mental image of a person running, terrified, from a relentless pursuer. Tracking the source, she is led into a trap where she is the one pursued by the frightening creature called “the spook.” At the end of her resources, Telzey mentally summons Chomir for help. This suspenseful story has to be one of the series’ highlights. Reprinted as the first part of The Lion Game (DAW #38 1973, British hardcover from Sidgwick and Jackson, 1976).
Joe Wehrle, Jr. wrote two Christmas stories that I know of: “A Christmas Romance” and “Christmas Spirit in a Speakeasy.” The latter featuring Cauliflower Catnip. Joe first shared “Romance” with me in Autumn 2016, but we wanted it to see print before Christmas, and The Digest Enthusiast No. 5 was already scheduled for January. So the following year, we made it a point to get issue No. 7 out early, and on December 6, 2017 the story finally saw print. Joe created two new illustrations for it, one to open the story and one to close.
Here’s the opening line:
“The ship stood on its knobby support legs, casting bizarre shadows across the snow which drifted round the shattered planetoid base.”
Inside The Digest Enthusiast No. 9 January 2019:
Crime, espionage, and fantasy fiction by Michael Bracken, Josh Pachter, and Joe Wehrle, Jr., with art from Marc Myers, Michael Neno, and Joe.
News from all your favorite genre digest magazines, straight from their editors’ lips, including every newsstand stalwart, and the new generation of POD/digital stars.
In-depth reviews of EconoClash Review, Nostalgia Digest, Occult Detective Quarterly, and Hot Lead.
Plus over 100 digest magazine cover images, cartoons by Bob Vojtko and Clark Dissmeyer, first issue factoids, and more.
Cover by Ed Emshwiller, 160 pages, published by Larque Press. $8.99 print, $2.99 digital.
Undercurrents (Analog May and June 1964). Gonwil, Telzey’s best college friend, is being victimized by her guardians, in hopes of securing the financial holdings she is to inherit. Wellan Dasinger of the Kyth Agency works with Telzey’s psionic abilities to solve the problem, and we meet Chomir, Gonwil’s mighty guardian dog. Reprinted in The Universe Against Her. Ace, 1964.
Excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s article on “The Telzey Amberdon Stories of James H. Schmitz” in The Digest Enthusiast No. 7:
James H. Schmitz wrote a number of stories about a future world where many things are possible, and particularly, over a period of ten years wrote a series concerning one Telzey Amberdon, an emerging telepath, “fifteen years old, genius level, brown as a berry and not at all bad looking in her sunbriefs.”
Jim Schmitz was born October 15, 1911, and lived until April 18, 1981. You may not be too familiar with his work as he wasn’t as prolific as many of his contemporaries, but he wrote dozens of exceptional stories and a handful of memorable novels.
Claude Veillot “The First Days of May” Translated from the French by Damon Knight (“Les Premiers Jours de Mai”, Fiction May ’60).
Herbert Gold “The Mirror and Mr. Sneeves” Story #3, ed. Whit & Hallie Burnett, A.A. Wyn 1953
Anne Walker “The Oversight of Dirty-Jets Ryan”
Will Stanton “You Are with It!”
John Anthony West “The Fiesta at Managuay” Call Out the Malicia, Heinemann 1961
Grendel Briarton “Through Time and Space with Ferdinand Feghoot: XLVI”
Isaac Asimov’s Science: The Trojan Hearse
Hal Draper “Ms Fnd in a Lbry or The Day Civilization Collapsed”
Brian W. Aldiss “Evergreen” (Hothouse No. 5)
Index to Volume 21
Cover by Ed Emshwiller
Contents from Galactic Central
An excerpt from Joe Wehrle, Jr.’s review of the Hothouse series, from The Digest Enthusiast book six:
[In “Evergreen”] Yattmur and Gren have a child. Gren has become more and more distant and inhuman under the influence of the morel. The morel is soon to sporulate, and it wants to transfer itself to the young, strong child, which can carry it back to the sunlit world for seeding.