Tales from the Planet Earth
Tales from the Planet Earth is a 1986 anthology of science fiction stories edited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull  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, 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".
|Author||edited by Frederik Pohl and Elizabeth Anne Hull|
|Cover artist||Manny Paul|
|Publisher||St. Martin's Press|
|Media type||Print (hardback)|
|Pages||xviii + 268|
- Sitting Around the Pool, Soaking Up the Rays · Frederik Pohl, originally in IASFM Aug ’84
- The Thursday Events · Ye Yonglie
- User Friendly · Spider Robinson
- Life as an Ant · André Carneiro
- Fiddling for Waterbuffaloes · Somtow Sucharitkul, originally in Analog Apr ’86
- S Is for Snake · Lino Aldani, originally in “S come serpente”, Urania #1021, Apr 27, ’86.
- The Divided Carla · Josef Nesvadba, originally Rozštěpená Karla, in Literární Měsíčník Jun ’85
- The View from the Top of the Tower · Harry Harrison, originally in F&SF May ’86
- Don’t Knock the Rock · A. Bertram Chandler
- The Owl of Bear Island · Jon Bing
- Contacts of a Fourth Kind · Ljuben Dilov
- Infestation · Brian W. Aldiss
- In the Blink of an Eye · Carlos Maria Federici
- Particularly Difficult Territory · Janusz A. Zajdel
- Time Everlasting · Sam J. Lundwall
- The Middle Kingdom · Tong Enzheng & Elizabeth Anne Hull, adapt.
- On the Inside Track · Karl-Michael Armer, originally in Entropie, 1986
- The Legend of the Paper Spaceship · Tetsu Yano; trans. by Gene Van Troyer & Tomoko Oshiro, originally 1978
- We Servants of the Stars · Frederik Pohl
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."