An amusing fantasy, in a rather different style from his Hub stories.
(Magazine version published in two parts as The Tuvela in 1968)
My favourite Schmitz story: Nile Etland has to single-handedly foil a planned invasion of the Hub, by making the attacking Parahuans believe she is one of the legendary all-powerful Tuvelas -- even though no such beings exist. However, arrogant alien invaders are no match for competance, excellent local knowledge, and otters.
The first two Telzey Amberdon stories.
Four Telzey Amberdon stories; Compulsion also features Trigger Argee.
Three consecutive Telzey Amberdon stories, packaged as a novel.
Trigger Argee has been sent by her boss, Holati Tate, to Maccadon, the University Planet, to oversee the plasmoid project. So why are neither Tate nor Professor Mantelish anywhere to be found, and why is Trigger being kept in the dark? And why is Pilch of the Psychology Service so keen to look deep inside her mind? Moreover, Trigger is feeling a strong desire to return to Manon, yet everything seems to be conspiring against letting her leave. But Trigger is not a woman to be dictated to.
The story of how Trigger leaves Maccadon, meets up with Heslet Quillan, and her various adventures before she finally discovers the secret of the plasmoids, is told in Schmitz' great style. A few of the social attitudes might seem a little dated forty years on (although actually rather ahead of their time), but whatever the decade of reading, Trigger is one of Schmitz' great competent heroines.
I remember finding Legacy rather confusing when I first read it, several decades ago, but I enjoyed it thoroughly. Rereading it now as part of the republication of the entire Hub stories, it is less confusing -- because I know a lot of the characters already -- but just as much fun.
Baen is reprinting all Schmitz's Hub tales in several volumes, edited by Eric Flint. Although I've already got most of these stories, I'm certainly looking forward to the reprints, to fill in the gaps in my collection. [Although my anticipation has been dimmed somewhat by the editing controversy. The reason Eric Flint's name appears so prominently on the cover seems to be because he has edited, as in "taken a (light) blue pencil to", rather than edited, as in "selected", the stories in this volume. This has caused no little discussion on the newsgroup rec.arts.sf.written.]
The first of the Baen/Flint Hub reprints consists mainly of Telzey Amberdon stories (all of which except "Poltergeist" have appeared in book form before). Schmitz has long been a favourite author of mine. He has a wonderful line in competent female protagonists -- one of whom is Telzey -- involved in stories of great pacing, set against the huge galaxy spanning civilisation of the Hub. It's great to have these stories back in print. (It's also great to have them in order -- I remember well my confusion in the 70s as I tried to sort this out from the previous books.)
This is the second volume in Baen's reprint series of all the Hub stories, which contains three stories not previously collected. It continues the tales of the young Telzey Amberdon, and introduces us to another one of Schmitz's great competent heroine characters: Trigger Argee. Sometimes together, sometimes alone, but never outnumbered, these two cut a swathe through the bad guys of the Hub worlds.
This is the third volume in Baen's reprint series of all the Hub stories, it focuses on Trigger Argee and Heslet Quillan, and is set before the Trigger stories in volume 2. Yet more great Schmitz stories.
This is the fourth volume in Baen's reprint series of all the Hub stories, mostly unconnected, but including my favorite Schmitz story: Demon Breed. Yet more great Schmitz stories of competant humans foiling alien menaces.
This is the fifth volume in Baen's reprint series of Schmitz' work. Here we have four "Zone Agents of the Vegan Confederacy" stories -- powerful agents struggling to keep the Confederacy together -- along with some other unconnected short stories. These are typical Schmitz -- ultra-competant heroes, and very little questioning of the ethics of the situations or of the the use of their powers. But the best of all is the great storytelling: you are dropped straight into the middle of the plot, without having to plough through pages of that more modern style of irritating expostition setting up background and context for what's going on. You know the context is there, you feel surrounded by a fully fleshed out three dimensional world, but not because you read pages of plodding prose. Wonderful style.
This is the sixth volume in Baen's reprint series of Schmitz' work: all the remaining miscellaneous works, many of them out of print for decades, not all SF, but (nearly) all in Schmitz' great style. The editors classify the stories into four groups: "Adventures in Time and Space" (classic Schmitz SF), "Homo Excelsior" (supermen), "Dark Visions" (downbeat endings), and "Time for Crime" (crime stories, not all SF). The conclusion is Schmitz fourth novel: The Eternal Frontiers.