FFB: Trigger and Friends

Trigger and Friends by James H. Schmitz original stories published between 1958 and 1974 – Baen 2001 paperback – science fiction – short story (one novelette)

this is the 81st in my series of forgotten books

This is the 3rd book of 4 in Baen’s core Hub story series. I read the first couple of those Hub stories in Astounding SF / Analog a long ago and probably read some or all of the contents here too, but have forgotten. No matter, I enjoy Schmitz’ writing.

The stories here (see table of contents, below) mostly contain stories which feature Trigger with Heslet Quillan and/or Holati Tate. As it happens, Quillan is one of my favorite Schmitz characters, so this was a real treat for me. The stories contain some element of Hub politics with other worlds and Federations, with plenty of intrigue and spy-type stuff and are great fun. There’s no need to have read the first couple of volumes of this 4 volume set, each will stand alone just fine. Highly recommended.

Table of Contents:
Harvest Time
Lion Loose
Aura of Immortality
Forget It
Sour Note on Palayata

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links to all of this weeks Forgotten Book posts can be found
on Patti Abbott’s blog, Pattinase

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12 Responses to FFB: Trigger and Friends

  1. macavityabc says:

    Hadn’t thought of the Hub stories in a while. Good pick.

  2. Randy Johnson says:

    It does look interesting. May have to break down and pick up some Schmitz. Not that i need any more books coming. Wait till Monday. It all blew up on me this week.

    here’s an amusing tidbit. When the email came notifying me of the post, I saw Trigger and Friends and immediately thought you’d done a western. Hah!

  3. Richard says:

    They’re just as good as may remember, Bill.

    Randy, It was supposed to go up last night at 7:10 PST, but the scheduling didn’t work. It’s not the first time, so I guess I’ll have to just publish manually from now on.

  4. Evan Lewis says:

    The real Trigger’s friends were Bullet and Buttercup. This one must be an imposter.

  5. Todd Mason says:

    I’ve read less of Schmitz than any of the major Campbell writers…less, even than such bad but prolific JWC writers as E.B. Cole. I should rectify that.

  6. James H. Schmitz is truly an underrated writer. BAEN Books reprinted most of Schmitz’s best work, but will soon be out-of-print. Last I checked, some of Schmitz’s work could be downloaded for free on the BAEN Books web site.

  7. Richard says:

    Todd, I know you’re not much of a Campbell stable fan, but I think Schmitz is worth a look by you. But then I love Eric Frank Russell whom I don’t think you care for…

    George, correct. When I decided to get as many of the Baen collections of Schmitz as I could, I found many of them OP and some quite pricey, though I didn’t search very deeply, I admit, as I got the ones I wanted.

  8. I’ve liked his stuff that I’ve read. I haven’t read that much, though

  9. Richard says:

    Seems like that’s the case with everyone, Charles.

  10. Todd Mason says:

    Oh, who can not like Eric Frank Russell at his best? I like the Campbell bench at least as deep as Rick Raphael when I’m in certain moods, and Verge Foray (though I like his work as Howard Myers better). It was just how dull ANALOG got around the time it was turning into ANALOG that I don’t care for…I have yet to read a good story by E.B. Cole. Algis Budrys is an old favorite, and he was Campbell’s chiefest protoge in the early ’50s, after all.

  11. Todd Mason says:

    Or, even, protege…Ben Bova’s ANALOG was simply better than the latter-day JWC ANALOG (and, sadly, so much better than the Schmidt ANALOG).

  12. Richard says:

    I’ll admit when Astounding became Analog I was disenchanted, but there were some great stories. I think Dune came along after the change, and some other of my favorites.

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