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Sketches Among the Ruins of My Mind
Genre Science Fiction
Type Novelette
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The title of this story was used before by Farmer, as the subititle of the novel Blown (1969).
Nominated for the Locus Award (1974 - Best Novella: 4th).
Originally intended as a screen treatment for the Star Trek series. Philip José Farmer in his foreword: «I don't remember the moment when I got the idea. But it must have happened when I was cursing myself for having forgotten something ... It was a great idea, but Roddenberry rejected the treatment. His reasons for this were the same as for "The Shadow of Space"
DESCRIPTION:
An alien artifact, the Ball, appears in space and finally orbits Earth. At first panic arises, but nothing happens with or from it. Then, some days later something very strange occurs. All around the world everyone has a four-days' loss of memory. People are confused and angry. Did this come from the Ball and will it happen again? What are the consequences?
  
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33 Publications
 
US

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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Nova 3
Harry Harrison
New York, NY: Walker and Company
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ISBN 0-8027-5558-5
hardcover (21×14,5cm)
-/1973
ix + 243
$ 6.95
Thuy Le Ha
With a short introduction by the editor.


Thuy Le Ha
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in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3
Terry Carr
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
# 24063
SBN 345-24063-4-150
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
07/1974
07/1974 (Canadian Edition)
368
$ 1.50
Larry Sutton
With a short introduction by the editor. The Canadian edition has the same data as the US one, it is printed in Canada.

Larry Sutton
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in The Outdated Man
Harry Harrison
New York, NY: Dell Books
# 6661
SBN 440-06661-095
paperback (18×10,5cm)
04/1975
224
$ 0.95
not credited [= Carl Lundgren]
New title for Nova 3 (1973). With a short introduction by the editor.

Carl Lundgren
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in The Best Science Fiction of the Year #3
Terry Carr
New York, NY: Ballantine Books
# 25015
ISBN 0-345-25015-X
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
06/1976 (2nd)
368
$ 1.95
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in Strangeness
Thomas M. Disch & Charles Naylor
New York, NY: Charles Scribner's Sons
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ISBN 0-684-14899-4
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
06/1977
309
$ 8.95
Anita Siegel
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Anita Siegel
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in Strangeness
Thomas M. Disch & Charles Naylor
New York, NY: Avon Books
# 41434
ISBN 0-380-41434-1
paperback (18×10,5cm)
12/1978
373
$ 2.50
Greg Spiers
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Greg Spiers
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in The Grand Adventure
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Masterworks of Science Fiction and Fantasy
ISBN 0-425-07211-8
trade paperback (23×15cm)
11/1984
xvii + 327
$ 7.95
not credited [= Michael W. Kaluta]
With a foreword to the story by Farmer. Illustrated by David Johnson.

Michael W. Kaluta
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in The Grand Adventure
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Masterworks of Science Fiction and Fantasy
ISBN 0-425-07212-6
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
11/1984
xvii + 327
$ 50.00
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With a foreword to the story by Farmer. Illustrated by David Johnson.
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in The Classic Philip José Farmer 1964-1973
Martin H. Greenberg
New York, NY: Crown Publishers
Classics of Modern Science Fiction, Volume 5
ISBN 0-517-55545-X
hardcover (18,5×13cm)
11/1984
xv + 207
$ 8.95
Michael Booth
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Michael Booth
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in The Classic Philip José Farmer 1964-1973
Martin H. Greenberg
New York, NY: Crown Publishers
# 1840 / Classics of Modern Science Fiction
no ISBN
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
12/1984
xv + 207
not priced [= $ 5.98]
Michael Booth
Book Club Edition.

Michael Booth
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in The Best of Philip José Farmer
Dorman T. Skindler
Burton, MI: Subterranean Press
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ISBN 1-59606-036-0
hardcover (23,5×16cm)
02/2006 (trade)
03/2006 (numbered, signed, in slipcase)
04/2006 (lettered, signed, in traycase}
572
$ 38.00 | $ 175.00 | $ 300.00
Michael Komark
Published in three different editions.

Michael Komark
UK
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in Nova 3
Harry Harrison
London: Sphere Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-7221-4321-4
paperback (18×10,5cm)
08/1975
192
£ 0.55
not credited [= Eddie Jones]
With a short introduction by the editor.

Eddie Jones
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in Nova 3
Harry Harrison
London: Robert Hale
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-7091-5704-5
hardcover (20,5×13cm)
01/1977
243
£ 3.50
not credited [= unknown]
With a short introduction by the editor.

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AUSTRALIA
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in The Classic Philip José Farmer 1964-1973
Martin H. Greenberg
Richmond, Victoria: Greenhouse
Classics of Modern Science Fiction, Volume 5
ISBN 0-86436-022-3
hardcover (18,5×13cm)
-/1986
xvii + 207
not priced
Michael Booth
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Michael Booth
FRANCE
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French: "Fragments sauvés des ruines de mon esprit"
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
not priced
Jean-Pierre Pugi
Marcel Laverdet
With a story introduction by the editor.

Marcel Laverdet
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French: "Fragments de journal parmi les ruines de ma
mémoire"
in Histoires de catastrophes
Jacques Goimard, Demètre Ioakimidis and Gérard Klein
Paris: Le Livre de poche
La grande anthologie de la sience-fiction, Nº. 3818
ISBN 2-253-03628-5
paperback (16,5×11cm)
02/1985
445
not priced
Ronald Blunden
Philippe Adamov
With a story introduction by the editors.

Philippe Adamov
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French: "Fragments sauvés des ruines de mon esprit"
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
not priced
Jean-Pierre Pugi
Marcel Laverdet
With a story introduction by the editor.

Marcel Laverdet
GERMANY
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German: "Skizzen in den Ruinen meines Verstandes"
in Der Dienstagsmensch
René Oth
Darmstadt: Luchterhand
Sammlung Luchterhand, SL 516
ISBN 3-472-61516-8
paperback (18×11,5cm)
08/1984
212
DM 12,80
Martin Eisele
Olga Rinne
With an introduction to the story by René Oth.

Olga Rinne
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German: "Skizzen in den Ruinen meines Verstandes"
in Weltraum Aventüren
Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei-Lübbe
Science Fiction Special, Band 24 088
ISBN 3-404-24088-X
paperback (18×11,5cm)
-/1986
350
DM 9,80
Martin Eisele (story) & Michael Kubiak (introduction)
Michael W. Kaluta
The story is introduced by PJF and illustrated by David Johnson.

Michael W. Kaluta
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German: "Skizzen in den Ruinen meines Verstandes"
in Jenseits von Raum und Zeit
München: Heyne
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Band 4387
ISBN 3-453-00978-9
paperback (18×11,5cm)
-/1987
617
DM 14,80
Martin Eisele
John Harris
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John Harris
HUNGARIA
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Hungarian: "Barangolások agyam romjai között"
in Galaktika
Péter Kuczka
Budapest: Móra Ferenc Youth Books
Volume IX, No. 148
magazine (23,5×16,5cm)
January 1993
130
Ft 128
Anna Pavlov
Peter Jones
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Peter Jones
ITALY
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Italian: "Tra le rovine della mia mente"
in Robot
Vittorio Curtoni
Milan: Armenia Editore
Volume III, No. 26
magazine (19×14cm)
March 1978
160
L 1000
Paolo Busnelli
Giuseppe Festino
Illustrated by Giuseppe Festino. There is also a portrait of Farmer and his work in this issue, written by Giuseppe Caimmi & Piergiorgio Nicolazzini. The cover illustrates Farmer's story.

Giuseppe Festino
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Italian: "Vagando tra le rovine della mia mente"
in La grande avventura
Milan: Rizzoli
Mistral
ISBN 88-17-69506-8
trade paperback (22×14cm)
09/1989
313
L 19.000
Andrea Terzi
not credited [= Michael W. Kaluta]
The story is introduced by PJF and illustrated by David Johnson.

Michael W. Kaluta
JAPAN
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Japanese: "わが内なる廃虚の断章" ("Waga uchinaru haikyo
no danshō")
in タイム・トラベラー (Taimu toraberā)
Ito Norio & Asakura Hisashi
Tokyo: Chincho bunko
Time SF collection / 211-4
ISBN 4-10-223601-5
paperback (15×10,5cm)
01/1987
484
¥ 560
Ito Norio
Ron Walotsky
Paperback with a dustjeacket.

Ron Walotsky
NETHERLANDS
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Dutch: "Schetsen tussen de puinhopen van mijn geest"
in Nergens
Roderick Lennaert van Rhyn
Amsterdam: Meulenhoff
M-SF 119
ISBN 90-290-0835-0
paperback (17,5×11cm)
04/1977
333
not priced [= ƒ 11,50]
Pon Ruiter
Peter Ramselaar
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Peter Ramselaar
SPAIN
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Spanish: "Las ruinas de mi cerebro"
in Las ruinas de mi cerebro
Terry Carr
Barcelona: Luis de Caralt
Ciencia Ficción 24
ISBN 84-217-5126-3
paperback (18×11,5cm)
07/1978
203
not priced
María Victoria Lentini & Octavio Freixas
Néstor Goldar
With a short introduction by the editor.

Néstor Goldar
SWEDEN
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Swedish: "Skisser bland mitt minnes ruiner"
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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YUGOSLAVIA
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Serbian: "Skice među ruševinama mog uma"
in Monolit
Boban Knežević
Belgrade: Boban Knežević
Science fiction almanah 1
no ISBN
trade paperback (24×16cm)
04/1984
516
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Aleksandar B. Nedeljković
Dobrosav Bob Živković
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D. Bob Zivković
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Anthology
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Serbian: "Skice među ruševinama mog uma"
in Monolit
Boban Knežević
Belgrade: Boban Knežević
Science fiction almanah 1
no ISBN
trade paperback (24×16cm)
-/1987
516
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Aleksandar B. Nedeljković
Dobrosav Bob Živković
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D. Bob Zivković
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Serbian: "Skice među ruševinama mog uma"
in Monolit
Boban Knežević
Belgrade: Boban Knežević
Science fiction almanah 1
no ISBN
trade paperback (24×16cm)
unknown (dated 1984, but it is a later reprint)
516
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Aleksandar B. Nedeljković
Dobrosav Bob Živković
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D. Bob Zivković
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