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Down in the Black Gang
Genre Science fiction
Type Novelette
Series -
Farmer, in his Memoir: "The story is at least one-half autobiographical and wholly therapeutic. For me, anyway. The Bonder family (Bonder comes from the Old Norse and means the same thing as a farmer or peasant) is based on the Farmer family. We were living in a Beverly Hills apartment just like that described here."
See also "Brass and Gold".
DESCRIPTION:
This story presents an incredible view of the universe and the role human beings play in it. It tells the story of an all-powerful group of aliens who, throughout history, have secretly manipulated the actions of human beings. Their purpose is to extract a special form of energy from human emotions. To the aliens, humans are merely "engines" in their spaceship — and their spaceship is the entire universe!
 
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13 Publications
 
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FIRST PUBLICATION
in If
Frederik Pohl
New York, NY: Galaxy Publishing Corporation
Volume 19, No. 3, Issue 136
magazine (18,5×13,5cm)
March 1969
164
$ 0.60
Jack Gaughan
Story illustrated by Jack Gaughan.


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in Down in the Black Gang
Garden City, NY: Nelson Doubleday / BCE
Book Club Edition (SFBC), # 3317
no ISBN
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
not dated [= 04/1971; date code 18M]
not dated [= 10/1973; date code D44]
215
not priced [= $ 1.49 for members]
Gary Viskupic
Rewritten version.

Gary Viskupic
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in Down in the Black Gang
New York, NY: Signet Books
Scarborough, Ontario: Signet Books (Canadian edition)
Science Fiction, T4805
SBN 451-T4805-075
paperback (18×10,5cm)
10/1971
10/1971 (Canadian edition)
224
$ 0.75
Gene Szafran
Rewritten version.

Gene Szafran
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in Worlds of If (A Retrospective Anthology)
Frederik Pohl, Martin H. Greenberg & Joseph D. Oleander
New York, NY: Bluejay Books Inc.
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ISBN 0-312-94471-3
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
09/1986
438
$ 19.95
Alan Gutierrez
Rewritten version. The story is preceded with a Memoir about If by Farmer. The ISBN of both editions have been switched on the copyright page.

Alan Gutierrez
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in Worlds of If (A Retrospective Anthology)
Frederik Pohl, Martin H. Greenberg & Joseph D. Oleander
New York, NY: Bluejay Books Inc.
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ISBN 0-312-94472-1
trade paperback (23×16cm)
09/1986
438
$ 10.95
Alan Gutierrez
Rewritten version. The story is preceded with a Memoir about If by Farmer. The ISBN of both editions have been switched on the copyright page.

Alan Gutierrez
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in Up the Bright River
Gary K. Wolfe
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 978-1-59606-329-7
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
03/2011
333
$ 40.00
Bob Eggleton
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Bob Eggleton
FRANCE
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French: "Du fond de la chauffe"
in Galaxie
Michel Demuth
Paris: Opta
No. 81
magazine (19×13,5cm)
February 1971
160
F 3,50
Bruno Martin
Michel Desimon
Story illustrated by Weevers.

Michel Desimon
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French: "Du fond de la chauffe"
in Philip José Farmer
Jacques Chambon
Paris: Presses Pocket
Le livre d'or de la science-fiction, no. 5066
ISBN 2-266-00844-7
paperback (18×11cm)
01/1980
411
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Bruno Martin
Marcel Laverdet
With a story introduction by the editor.

Marcel Laverdet
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French: "Du fond de la chauffe"
in Le jeu de la création
Jacques Chambon
Paris: Presses Pocket
Le grand temple de la sience-fiction, no. 5066
ISBN 2-266-03657-2
paperback (18×11cm)
09/1990
415
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Bruno Martin
Marcel Laverdet
With a story introduction by the editor.

Marcel Laverdet
GERMANY
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German: "Programmierte Ausweglosigkeit"
in Prometheus
München: Goldmann
Science Fiction 0242
ISBN 3-442-23242-2
paperback (18×11,5cm)
-/1977
158
DM 2,80
Tony Westermayr
Jürgen F. Rogner
Rewritten version.

Jürgen F. Rogner
SWEDEN
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Swedish: "Nere i det svarta gänget"
in Efter King Kongs fall
Stockholm: Delta Förlags AB
Science fiction ABC
ISBN 91-7228-276-2
trade paperback (21,5×14cm)
-/1981
248
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Karin Malmsjö
photo of PJF
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