The Ice Schooner

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A novel that has been revised twice, set in a frozen future. Two short stories by Keith Roberts, Coranda and The Wreck of the Kissing Bitch, are set in the same milieu.

Publishing History (UK)

  • Serialized in sf Impulse #9-11, Nov 1969-Jan 1970
  • Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6216-2, Mar 1969
  • Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6219-7, 1972, Cover by E Jones
  • Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6221-9, 1974, Cover by Patrick Woodroffe
  • Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6203-0, 1975, Cover by E Jones
  • Mass Market Paperback, Sphere, 160pp., ISBN: 0-7221-6203-0, 1977, Cover by Mervyn
  • Hardcover, Harrap, 240pp., ISBN: 0-245-54284-1, 30 May 1985, Cover by Jim Burns (Revised text B)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Grafton, 240pp., ISBN: 0-586-06467-2, 31 Oct 1985, Cover by Jim Burns (Revised text B)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Grafton, 240pp., ISBN: 0-586-06467-2, 1988, Cover by Jim Burns (Revised text B)

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Omnibus Publication (UK)

Publishing History (US)

  • Mass Market Paperback, Berkley, ISBN: 0-425-01749-4, 1969, Cover by Kessin
  • Hardcover, Harper & Row, 183pp., ISBN: 0-06-013006-7, 1977, Cover by Mervyn (Revised text A)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Dell, ISBN: 0-440-14445-0, 1978, Cover by Boris Vallejo (Revised text A)
  • Mass Market Paperback, Berkley, ISBN: 0-425-09706-4, May 1987 (Revised text A)

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Omnibus Publication (US)

Mike Says

  • "I don't know if you recall my advice to starting writers -- to copy the form of a favourite novel. After writing several unconventional stories, including The Final Programme, which got a lot of negative response from publishers, I began to wonder if I knew enough about writing conventional narrative so I went back to writing a pretty straightforward sf novel. Following my own advice (based on the logic that the best way to learn is by imitation -- the way art students are encouraged to copy old masters) I took a fairly minor Conrad novel as my model. The Rescue. The Ice Schooner follows the basic plot of The Rescue (a 'triangle' story). Having proven to myself that I could do it, I went on to write things like A Cure for Cancer."[1]
  • "I wrote The Ice Schooner because I wanted to write a conventional novel, after I'd done Behold the Man and The Final Programme. Just wanted to be sure I wasn't going for 'experimental' modes because I couldn't do something straightforward! In that sense, I suppose, it was an experiment. I wrote it in instalments for Science Fantasy, which is why it's dedicated to Keith Roberts."[2]

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