The1960s and 1970s were an exciting time for science and SF. Roboticprobes had given humanity its first close up look at the worlds ofour solar system: Lunar farside in 1959, Venus in 1962, Mars in 1965,Jupiter in 1973, Mercury in 1974 and Saturn in 1979 (the other worldswould have to wait until the 1980s). The flood of increasinglydetailed information about the worlds of our solar system gave riseto a short-lived genre, one that it existed in the tension betweenhow SF had imagined the neighbour worlds to be and what our spaceprobes were revealing.
Caroland Frederik Pohl’s 1973 anthology, Jupiter,is perhaps my favourite exemplar of that mayfly genre. It is filledwith classic SF stories, most of which had been published between the1930s and the 1950s (1971’s “A Meeting with Medusa” is theoutlier). All these stories doomed to obsolescence thanks to humaningenuity . However, they still make good reading, for the mostpart.