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Title: Skirmish Title Record # 68356
Author: Clifford D. Simak
Date: 1950-12-00
Type: SHORTFICTION
Length: short story
Language: English
Synopsis: When a newspaperman notices appliances around him beginning to not only malfunction, but start to demonstrate intelligent malevolence, he realizes that this is just a test for an invasion by an alien mechanical intelligence.
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Current Tags: invasion of Earth (1), mechanical species (1), newspaperman (1), test (1), machine revolt (1), contemporary (1) Add Tags

Other Titles

Variant Titles Translations
Year Title
1950 Bathe Your Bearings in Blood! [as by Clifford Simak]
1950 Bathe Your Bearings in Blood!
1950 Skirmish [as by Clifford Simak]
Year Language Title
1966Translated by Michel Deutsch
French Escarmouche
1966 Italian Scaramuccia
1967 Spanish Escaramuza
1967Translated by Ingrid Neumann
German Vorpostengefecht
1976 Dutch Voorpostengevecht
1979Translated by Tony Westermayr.
German Invasionen
1979Translated by France-Marie Watkins
French Escarmouche
1980Translated by Jadranka Supić
Croatian Okršaj

Publications

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Title Date Author/Editor Publisher/Pub. Series ISBN/Catalog# Price Pages Format Type Cover Artist Verif
Amazing Stories, December 1950 1950-12-00 ed. Howard Browne Ziff-Davis Publishing Company   $0.25 164
pulp?Magazine using the common pulp size: 6.5" by 9.5". For ISFDB purposes this may also be used as a designation for the quality of the paper. There are some untrimmed pulps that are as large as 8" by 11.75
mag James B. Settles Checkmark
Amazing Stories [UK], #10, March 1952 1952-03-00 ed. Howard Browne Thorpe and Porter   2/- 132
pulp?Magazine using the common pulp size: 6.5" by 9.5". For ISFDB purposes this may also be used as a designation for the quality of the paper. There are some untrimmed pulps that are as large as 8" by 11.75
mag James B. Settles  
Science-Fiction Thinking Machines: Robots, Androids, Computers 1954-05-00 ed. Groff Conklin Vanguard Press   $3.50 xiii+
367+
[3]
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Selections from Science-Fiction Thinking Machines 1955-08-00 ed. Groff Conklin Bantam Books 1352 $0.25 183
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Strangers in the Universe 1956-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Simon & Schuster   $3.50 371
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Charles Skaggs (artist) Checkmark
Strangers in the Universe 1957-05-00 Clifford D. Simak Simon & Schuster / SFBC   $1.15 280
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Charles Skaggs (artist) Checkmark
Strangers in the Universe 1958-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Faber and Faber   15/- 264
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll  
Strangers in the Universe 1959-05-00 Clifford D. Simak The Science Fiction Book Club (UK) 38 5/6 264
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll C. W. Bacon Checkmark
Penguin Science Fiction 1961-10-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Brian Keogh Checkmark
Penguin Science Fiction 1961-12-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Brian Keogh  
Penguin Science Fiction 1962-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Brian Keogh Checkmark
Strangers in the Universe 1962-02-00 Clifford Simak Panther 1332 2/6 191
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll John Richards Checkmark
Penguin Science Fiction 1963-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Brian Keogh Checkmark
Selections from Science-Fiction Thinking Machines 1964-09-00 ed. Groff Conklin Bantam Pathfinder EP63 $0.45 201
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Richard Powers Checkmark
Penguin Science Fiction 1965-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Oscar Dominguez Checkmark
A Chamber of Horrors 1965-00-00 ed. John Hadfield Little, Brown   $7.95 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
A Chamber of Horrors 1965-00-00 ed. John Hadfield Studio Vista   28/- 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Penguin Science Fiction 1966-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 1638 3/6 236
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Oscar Dominguez Checkmark
Histoires fantastiques de demain 1966-00-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux Casterman (Autres temps, autres mondes)     380
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Stranieri nell'universo 1966-06-30 Clifford D. Simak Casa Editrice La Tribuna (Science Fiction Book Club (Italy) #28)   1,700 Lit 396
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Rocco Borella Checkmark
A Chamber of Horrors 1967-00-00 ed. John Hadfield Fontana 1484 5/6 285
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
A Chamber of Horrors 1967-00-00 ed. John Hadfield Fontana   5/- 285
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
La piel del diablo 1967-00-00 Philip J. Farmer Vértice (Galaxia #61)   Pta 50.00 222
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Enrich Checkmark
Nacht über dem Mars und andere Stories 1967-06-30 Clifford D. Simak Moewig (Terra #523) 523 DM 0.80 64
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
coll Karl Stephan Checkmark
Histoires fantastiques de demain 1969-00-00 ed. Alain Dorémieux Casterman (Autres temps, autres mondes)     380
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Checkmark
Fantastic, February 1969 1969-02-00 ed. Barry N. Malzberg Ultimate Publishing Co., Inc.   $0.50 148
digest?Digest-size magazine, including both standard digest size, at about 7" by 4.5", and also large digest, such as recent issues of Asimov's, which are about 8.25" by 5.125".
mag Wm. Baker Checkmark
Stranieri nell'universo 1971-00-00 Clifford D. Simak Casa Editrice La Tribuna (Science Fiction Book Club (Italy) #28)   1,700 Lit 396
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Rocco Borella  
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus 1973-06-00 ed. Brian Aldiss Penguin Books 0-14-003145-6 £0.60 616
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David Pelham Checkmark
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus 1974-00-00 ed. Brian Aldiss Penguin Books 0-14-003145-6 £0.60 616
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth David Pelham Checkmark
Histoires de machines 1974-10-25 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3768) 2-253-00609-2   414
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
Histoires de machines 1975-00-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3768) 2-253-00609-2   414
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
Histoires de machines 1976-00-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3768) 2-253-00609-2   414
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Pierre Faucheux Checkmark
Fontein Science Fiction 1976-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss De Fontein (Fontein SF) 90-261-0125-2   176
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Karel Thole Checkmark
Creepies, Creepies, Creepies 1977-00-00 ed. Helen Hoke Franklin Watts 0-531-01323-5 $6.95 xii+
178
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth  
Skirmish: The Great Short Fiction of Clifford D. Simak 1977-10-00 Clifford D. Simak Berkley/Putnam 0-399-12032-7 $8.95 320
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
coll Frank Riley (artist) Checkmark
Skirmish: The Great Short Fiction of Clifford D.Simak 1978-08-00 Clifford D. Simak Berkley Books 0-425-03821-1 $1.95 xiii+
272
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Frank Riley (artist) Checkmark
Invasionen 1979-07-00 Clifford D. Simak Goldmann (Goldmann Science Fiction #23310) 3-442-23310-0 DM 4.80 128
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Jürgen F. Rogner Checkmark
Escarmouche 1979-11-09 Clifford D. Simak J'ai Lu (J'ai Lu - Science Fiction #1005) 2-277-21005-6   284
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
coll Boris Checkmark
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus 1980-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 0-14-003145-6 £1.95 616
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Tom Stimpson Checkmark
Sirius, #54 1980-12-05 ed.
Borivoj Jurković?Borivoj Jurkovic
Borivoj Jurkovich
Vjesnik   20 din. 148
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
mag Checkmark
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus 1985-00-00 ed. Brian W. Aldiss Penguin Books 0-14-003145-6 £3.50 616
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Peter Jones Checkmark
Space 9 1985-00-00 ed. Richard Davis Hutchinson 0-09-158850-2 £5.95 95
hc?Hardcover. Used for all hardbacks of any size.
anth Alan Daniels  
Histoires de machines 1985-01-00 ed. Demètre Ioakimidis, Gérard Klein, Jacques Goimard Le Livre de Poche (La grande anthologie de la Science-Fiction #3768) 2-253-00609-2   414
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Manchu Checkmark
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus 1986-00-00 ed. Brian Aldiss Penguin Books 0-14-003145-6   616
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth Peter Jones  
Amazing Science Fiction Anthology: The Wild Years 1946-1955 1987-08-00 ed. Martin H. Greenberg TSR 0-88038-441-7 $3.95 318
pb?Paperback. Typically 7" by 4.25" (18 cm by 11 cm) or smaller, though trimming errors can cause them to sometimes be slightly (less than 1/4 extra inch) taller or wider/deeper.
anth  
Une histoire de la science-fiction - 2: 1938-1957: L'âge d'or 2000-05-00 ed. Jacques Sadoul Librio (Librio #368) 2-290-30531-6 F10.00 126
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Bernard Bitler Checkmark
A Science Fiction Omnibus 2007-11-29 ed. Brian Aldiss Penguin Books (Penguin Modern Classics) 978-0-14-118892-8 £9.99 592
tp?Trade paperback. Any softcover book which is at least 7.25" (or 19 cm) tall, or at least 4.5" (11.5 cm) wide/deep.
anth Jim Burns Checkmark
A Science Fiction Omnibus 2007-11-29 ed. Brian Aldiss Penguin Books 978-0-14-191343-8 £7.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
anth  
The Thing in the Stone and Other Stories 2017-07-04 Clifford D. Simak Open Road Integrated Media 978-1-5040-4521-6 $7.99  
ebook?Used for all electronic formats, including but not limited to EPUB, eReader, HTML, iBook, Mobipocket, and PDF.
coll  
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