The Metallic Muse

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The Metallic Muse
The Metallic Muse.jpg
First edition cover
Author Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
Cover artist Ed Nuckolls
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science fiction short stories
Publisher Doubleday Books
Publication date
Pages 228
OCLC 2780647

The Metallic Muse is a collection of science fiction stories by Lloyd Biggle, Jr., published in hardcover by Doubleday Books in 1972. It was reprinted in paperback by DAW Books in 1973.


  • "The Tunesmith" (If 1957)
  • "Leading Man" (Galaxy 1957)
  • "Spare the Rod" (Galaxy 1958)
  • "Orphan of the Void" (Fantastic 1960)
  • "Well of the Deep Wish" (If 1961)
  • "In His Own Image" (F&SF) 1968)
  • "The Botticelli Horror" (Fantastic 1960)

"Orphan of the Void" was originally published as "The Man Who Wasn't Home."[1]


Theodore Sturgeon noted that Biggle's stories "are usually constructed around an idea or solution withheld until the punchline. . . . a valid technique, except where the reader gets to the punchline first."[2]


  1. ^ Index to Science Fiction Anthologies and Collections
  2. ^ "Galaxy Bookshelf", Galaxy, January 1973, p.171