The Weapon Shops of Isher
Novel   (Fix-Up) 1951 60,000 words
  • This fix-up novel incorporates the three stories from the Isher series, including the shorter work also using the title The Weapon Shops of Isher. "The Seesaw" was adapted with very few changes, then split in two to create the Prologue and Epilogue. The other two stories are woven together throughout the novel and mixed in with new material. This makes it difficult to pinpoint where any of the stories begin or end.

Part of the
Isher Series
1 —     The Weapon Shops of Isher 1951
2 —     The Weapon Makers 1943
3 —     The Weapons of Isher, Part Two 1982

The Weapon Shops of Isher is a novel created from the three original Weapon Shop stories (see below for full list).

The Weapon Makers is a book-length sequel to the original stories.

Both books were later included in an omnibus volume.

Italian author and translator Roberta Rambelli wrote a lengthy sequel to the series in 1982, entitled Le armi di Isher, Parte seconda (The Weapons of Isher, Part Two).

Original Stories:
"The Seesaw" 1941
"The Weapon Shop" 1942
The Weapon Shops of Isher 1949
Based On
"The Seesaw" 1941
"The Weapon Shop" 1942
The Weapon Shops of Isher 1949
Included In
The Empire of Isher 2000
The Weapon Shops of Isher & The Weapon Makers 1980
English
1951 Greenberg
hardback 51-11115 231 pages $2.75

cover artist: unknown

First edition

First Greenberg printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1951 Greenberg
hardback 51-11115 231 pages $2.75

cover artist: unknown

Second Greenberg printing.

Date unknown.

  Data: Master of Null-A
1952 January Greenberg
hardback 51-11115 231 pages $2.75

cover artist: unknown

Third Greenberg printing.

  Data: Master of Null-A
1952 September Weidenfeld & Nicolson
hardback code: ? 231 pages 9/6

cover artist: unknown

First British edition.

Cover image: Axelsson Data: Master of Null-A
1954 November Nova
paperback NS1 159 pages 2/-

cover art by
Gerard Quinn

Artist credit from ISFDB.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Master of Null-A
1954 April Ace Double
paperback D-53 179 pages $0.35

cover art by
Harry Barton

First Ace printing.

Month from Master of Null-A.

Published with Gateway to Elsewhere by Murray Leinster.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
A Treasury of Great Science Fiction: Volume 1 anthology
edited by Anthony Boucher 1959, etc.
Data: ISFDB
1961 January Ace
paperback D-482 178 pages $0.35

cover art by
Harry Barton

Second Ace printing.

Artist credit from ISFDB.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1969 October New English Library
paperback 2535 127 pages 5/-

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

First NEL printing.

ISBN 0-450-00387-6

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1969 November Ace
paperback 87855 156 pages $0.60

cover art by
John Schoenherr

Third Ace printing.

Artist credit from Master of Null-A.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: Walwyn
1970 July New English Library
paperback 2535 127 pages 5/-

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Second NEL printing.

ISBN 0-450-00387-6

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1973 February New English Library
paperback 0-450-01463-0 127 pages £0.30

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Wraparound

Third NEL printing.

(Wrap-around cover image from Yutaka Morita.)

Cover & other images: ISFDB, Morita Data: ISFDB
1973 November Ace
paperback 87856 156 pages $0.95

cover art by
Bart Forbes

Fourth Ace printing.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1974 Ace
paperback 87857 156 pages $1.25

cover art by
Bart Forbes

Fifth Ace printing.

Date unknown. 1974 is my best guess.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1974 April New English Library
paperback 0-450-01463-0 127 pages £0.30

cover art by
Bruce Pennington

Fourth NEL printing.

  Data: other
1977 August Pocket
paperback 0-671-81354-4 191 pages $1.50

cover art by
Adams

Back Cover

First Pocket printing.

Cover & other images: Walwyn Data: Walwyn
1977 August Pocket
paperback 0-671-81354-4 191 pages C$1.50

cover art by
Adams

Second Pocket printing.

Canadian printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 August New English Library
paperback 0-450-04516-1 127 pages £0.75

cover art by
Paul Monteagle

Fifth NEL printing.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1979 July Pocket
paperback 0-671-83429-0 191 pages $1.95

cover art by
Gerry Daly

Third Pocket printing.

(Stated as second printing; publisher does not count Canadian printing.)

My interview with Gerry Daly can be read here.

Cover image: ISFDB Data: ISFDB
1980 Pocket
paperback 0-671-43129-3 191 pages $2.25

cover art by
Gerry Daly

Fourth Pocket printing.

(Stated as third printing; publisher does not count Canadian printing.)

Date unknown. 1980 is my best guess.

My interview with Gerry Daly can be read here.

Cover image: Walwyn Data: Walwyn