A Better Mantrap

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First edition (publ. Gollancz)

A Better Mantrap (ISBN 0-586-05706-4) is a collection of science fiction short stories by British writer Bob Shaw, published in 1982.[1] The book is Shaw's eighteenth overall and his third collection of short stories.[1] Critic David Langford described the book as "good and entertaining", but lightweight in comparison to Shaw's novels.[1]


It includes:

  • "Conversion"
  • "Crossing the Line"
  • "Small World"
  • "The Kingdom of O'Ryan"
  • "Dream Fighter"
  • "The Cottage of Eternity"
  • "In the Hereafter Hilton"
  • "Amphitheatre"
  • "Frost Animals"


  1. ^ a b c Langford, David (2016-10-30). Up Through an Empty House of Stars. Wildside Press LLC. pp. 49–51. ISBN 9781592240555.