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The Sumerian Oath
Genre Science Fiction / Humor
Type Short story
Series Polytropical Paramyths
PJF in his introduction about the story: «"The Sumerian Oath" certainly came up from the deeps, like an afterbirth from Moby Dick's mother, while I was contemplating, not so quietly, a bill from a Beverly Hills doctor. I have, however, long had a suspicion that the premise of this story is true.»
DESCRIPTION:
It is a very funny and absurd story about why there are doctors. Every medical doctor not only takes the oath of Hippocrates, but also the Sumerian oath.
Harry Harrison's short introduction: «This story is subtitled 'A Polytropical Paramyth,' which perhaps means it is a many-valued almost-myth. Then again it perhaps does not. What it does mean though is that it certainly is a chunk of very good, tongue-in-cheek fun by one of our foremost modern myth-makers.»
 
PUBLICATION HISTORY
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18 Publications
 
US

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FIRST PUBLICATION
in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
New York, NY: Walker and Company
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-8027-5550-X
hardcover (21×14,5cm)
-/1972
x + 209
$ 6.95
Enrico Scull
With a very short introduction by the editor.


Enrico Scull
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in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
New York, NY: Walker and Company / BCE
Book Club Edition, SFBC # 5367
no ISBN
hardcover (21,5×14,5cm)
not dated [= 09/1972; date code 39N]
x + 181
not priced [= $ 1.49]
Enrico Scull
With a very short introduction by the editor. Science Fiction Book Club edition. Date code on page 177.

Enrico Scull
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in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
New York, NY: Dell Books
SF, # 6668
SBN 440-06668-095
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
04/1974
04/1974 [Canadian printing]
235
$ 0.95
not credited [= unknown]
With a very short introduction by the editor. Both printings have exactly the same data, the Canadian printing only states 'Printed in Canada' on the copyright page.

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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
New York, NY: DAW Books
UQ1063 / No. 63
SBN 451-UQ1063-095
paperback (18×10,5cm)
07/1973
07/1973 [Canadian printing]
239
$ 0.95
Jack Gaughan
With an introduction, "Polytropical Paramyths", to the story by Farmer. Both printings have exactly the same data, the Canadian printing states to be published by The New American Library of Canada Ltd. and to be printed in Canada.

Jack Gaughan
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
New York, NY: Berkley Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-425-05298-2
paperback (17,5×10,5cm)
02/1982 (1st)
04/1982 (2nd)
248
$ 2.50
James Warhola
With an introduction to the story by Farmer.

James Warhola
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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
UK
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in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
London: Sphere Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-7221-4320-6
paperback (18×11cm)
-/1975
220
£ 0.50
Eddie Jones
With a very short introduction by the editor.

Eddie Jones
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in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
London: Robert Hale & Company
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-7091-5703-7
hardcover (18×11cm)
-/1976
220
£ 3.25
not credited [= unknown]
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
West Yorkshire: The Elmfield Press
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ISBN 0-7057-0067-4
hardcover (21,5×13,5cm
07/1976
239
£ 4.95
Josh Kirby
With an introduction to the story by Farmer.

Josh Kirby
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in The Book of Philip José Farmer
London: Granada Books
Science Fiction
ISBN 0-586-05656-4
paperback (18×11cm)
07/1983
318
£ 1.95
Richard Clifton-Dey
With an introduction to the story by Farmer.

Richard Clifton-Dey
BULGARIA
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Bulgarian: "Шумерската клетва"
iin Тера фантастика
makria Nenov [= Yuri Ilkov]
Sofia: Yuri Ilkov (Terra Fantastica)
1/2004 (Issue No. 9)
magazine (21×14,5cm)
-/2004
176
2,80 Lev
Gregory Pophristov
Dimitar Yankov
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Dimitar Yankov
GERMANY
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German: "Der sumerische Eid"
in Nova 2
Harry Harrison
Bergisch Gladbach: Bastei-Lübbe
Science Fiction, Nr. 21 040
ISBN 3-404-09922-2
paperback (17,5×11,5cm)
-/1973
156
DM 2,80
Lore Straßl
Eddie Jones
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Eddie Jones
GREECE
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Greek: "Ο Σουμερικός όρκος. 'Ενα πολύτροπο παραμύθι"
in Nova (Ανθολογία Επιστημονικής Φαντασίας)
not credited [= Harry Harrison]
Athens: Parsec
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ISBN 960-7793-12-9
trade paperback (21×12,5cm)
-/1998
341
not priced
Vangelis Katsanis
not credited [= unknown]
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Japanese: "シュメールの誓い" ("Shumēru no chikai")
in S-Fマガジン (S-F Magazine)
Kurahashi desk
Tokyo: Hayakawa Publishing
No. 214 (Vol. 17 No. 9)
magazine (21×15cm)
09/1976
?
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Asakura Hisashi
Hatano Teruo
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Hatano Teruo
KAZAKHSTAN
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Kazakh: "Самаришистская клятва"
in Не только мертвые
Sergei Patlasov
Almaty: RGZHI "Deuir"
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ISBN 5-86228-022-7
paperback (16,5×13cm)
03/1992
312
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A. Tachkova
not credited [= unknown]
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Russian: "Шумерская клятва"
in Миры Филипа Фармера - T. 15
Riga & Moscow: Polaris
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ISBN 5-88132-275-4
hardcover [no dustjacket] (20,5×13,5cm)
03/1997
400
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O. Vasant
I. Leontiev
Omnibus with nineteen stories from three collections.

I. Leontiev
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