Tales from the Planet Earth

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Tales from the Planet Earth is a 1986 anthology of science fiction stories edited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull [1] It presents 19 stories, sharing a common background developed by Pohl and Hull, by 18 authors from 18 different countries; each author's story is set in his native country,[2] plus one extra story by Pohl. According to its cover, it contains stories about aliens which came to "occupy our bodies and inhabit our souls" and they "must find humans capable of hosting personalities and thoughts transmitted across the cosmos".[3]

Tales from the Planet Earth
Authoredited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull
Cover artistManny Paul
CountryUnited States
GenreScience fiction
PublisherSt. Martin's Press
Publication date
Media typePrint (hardback)
Pagesxviii + 268

The collection was dedicated for the memory of A. Bertram Chandler and Janusz A. Zajdel.[4]



Orson Scott Card described the anthology as "a world tour of science fiction" and reported "it will make you more appreciative of the best of America sf -- and more impatient with sameness, the repetitiveness, the insularity that so often afflicts us."[2]


  1. ^ Tales from the Planet Earth ed. Frederik Pohl & Elizabeth Anne Hull (St. Martin’s Press, ISBN 0-312-78420-1, Nov 1986
  2. ^ a b "Books to Look For", F&SF, July 1987
  3. ^ a b Contents lists, a Locus Magazine webpage
  4. ^ p. v