The As-Yet Uncollected WATCHING Columns (A Checklist)

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The As-Yet Uncollected WATCHING Columns (A Checklist)

Postby FinderDoug » Fri Apr 25, 2014 10:05 pm

I had a conversation with someone the other day about the WATCHING columns from Fantasy & Science Fiction that remain uncollected, and figured there would be other interested parties that might like to have the info at their fingertips for their dining and dancing pleasure.

HARLAN ELLISON'S WATCHING collects the F&SF columns though Installment #34. An additional 15 installments appeared from 1988 to 1995, as follow (Installment number/Title/Issue Date):

35 - In Which the Phantasmagorical Pales Before the Joys of the Mimetic - 7/89
36 - In Which, Darkly and Deliciously, We Travel from Metropolis to Metropolis, Two Different Cities, Both Ominous - 10/89
37 - In Which Not Only Is No Answer Given, But No One Seems to Know the Question to Ask  - 11/89
38 - In Which, Though Manipulated, We Acknowledge That Which All Men Seek  - 1/90
39 - In Which We Hum a Merry Tune While Waiting for New Horrors, New Horrors  - 3/90
40 - In Which We Scrutinize the Sedulousness to Their Hippocratic Oath of Troglodytic, Blue, Alien Proctologists - 5/90
41 - In Which an Extremely Nervous Fool with His Credentials Taped to His Forehead Tacks Trepidatiously Between Scylla and Charybdis, Knowing that Angels and Wise Men Would Fear to Even Dog-Paddle this Route - 7/90
42 - In Which It Waddles Like a Duck, Sheds Water Like a Duck, and Goes Steady With Ducks, But Turns Out to Be a Tortoise  - 9/90
43 - In Which We Lament, "There Goes the Neighborhood!"  - 10/90
44 - In Which the Good Ship Coat-Tail-Ride Sinks, Abandoning Hundreds in Treacherous Waters - 1/91
45 - In Which Tempus Fidgets, Fugits, and Inevitably Omnia Revelats 3/91
46 - In Which We Bend Over So Far Backwards to be Unbiased That You Can See the Nose Hairs Quiver With Righteousness - 10-11/91
47 - In Which Artful Vamping Saves the Publisher $94.98 - 1/92
48 - In Which the Wee Child's Icons are Demeaned - 12/94
49 - In Which the Old Man of the Sea Bites the Head Off Yet Another Chicken - 2/95

In addition, the WATCHING collection omits one column in the range of those included (a short apology to the readership without review content):

Apologia 31½: In Which Mea Culpas Fall Like Gentle Rain Upon the Place Beneath - 12/88

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Re: The As-Yet Uncollected WATCHING Columns (A Checklist)

Postby Robert Nason » Sat Apr 26, 2014 12:17 am

So why doesn't Harlan collect them? I'd grab that book the day it appeared.
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Re: The As-Yet Uncollected WATCHING Columns (A Checklist)

Postby FinderDoug » Sat Apr 26, 2014 7:44 am

If I was going to guess? Because a complete edition that requires minimal editorial work to bring together is a nice roast to have in the freezer in the event things get lean.

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Re: The As-Yet Uncollected WATCHING Columns (A Checklist)

Postby Robert Nason » Sat Apr 26, 2014 5:51 pm

Actually, Harlan has a number of roasts in the freezer. I'm looking forward to the time when he thaws some of them out.
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