I was thumbing thru the old Nicholl's SF Encyclopedia a few weeks ago and noticed in the section about weather control a story called "The Weather Man" by Theodore L Thomas. It sounded interesting, so I jumped to isfdb to see if I had it any anthologies and it was in Asimov's The Great SF Stories #24 which sported this introduction:
Theodore L. Thomas is a chemical engineer and attorney from my wife's hometown of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, who over the last 35 years or so has produced over 50 short stories of generally excellent quality and two good novels (both with Kate Wilhelm) -- The Clone and The Year of the Cloud (both 1968). Among his best short fiction is "December 28th", "The Doctor", "Early Bird" (with Ted Cogswell), "The Far Look" and "Satellite Passage". Around 10 stories, all featuring a Patent attorney, and all very funny, were written as by "Leonard Lockhard". He richly deserves a collection.
I read "The Weather Man" and checked ISFDB for any other stories I might have and ended up with just these:
"The Far Look" is a hyper-realistic moon story. Putting aside the plot for the moment, he has most everything worked out correctly: wealth of stars in a black sky, the earth hanging large, gravity, isolation of pressurized suits. The story concerns two man teams who inhabit a domed moon-base for 28 days when the next team lands to relieve them bringing fresh supplies including the thousand pounds of potassium tetraoxide each man needs for his 28 day stay.
The main source for oxygen was potassium tetraoxide, a wonderful compound that gave up oxygen when exposed to moisture and then combined with carbon dioxide and removed it from the atmosphere.Hadn't heard of this technique before. There are lots of nice touches, like the previous crew having hot tea ready for their relief and just the thrill of walking around on the moon. The plot turns on funding difficulties and psychology. Nice story.
"Satellite Passage" is mainly a game of cold war chicken which I didn't think worked very well.
What to say about "Day of Succession" without spoiling? Well, it's a first contact tale with the military taking charge. And really stood out from these previous stories which were largely meditative, sense of wonder kind of things. Not a classic but an interesting twist.
"The Lagging Profession" is a light-hearted affair starring Arthur C Clarke attempting to get a patent for TV satellites. Helping him negotiate US law are patent attorneys Helix Spardleton and the first person narrator. Don't know much about patent law, so I wonder if this is still the case but Clarke comes in from Ceylon to find his previous publications have left him in a catch-22 as far as getting this patent registered. Neat story with a great ending.
"The Weather Man" Excellent, excellent. A real jewel. The highest political body on ear