I suspect that I may be conflating a couple of different books that I've read, but I'm looking for a short story collection that I read in the late 1970's, early 1980's.

Items that I remember:

  • Cover was..purple? With two or three triangle shapes on it, slightly overlapping (They correlate to one of the stories)
  • I think the title is similar to Year's Best Science Fiction or along the lines of "Best of" or similar (I have been through all the Years Best covers on the wiki site)
  • One short story that I definitely remember being in the book is Rain Rain Go Away by Asimov, but I've been through all the related books and covers at the ISFDB. (This may be conflated, but I really remember it being in the book)
  • The story with the triangle shaped creatures, they may have been two dimensional? IIRC they were either observing or being observed? They may have been purple while the cover was a different color, but purple was involved.

It was definitely in English, cover art that I remember was typical for the time, possibly slightly more dated (So similar to 1960's early 1970's cover art/fonts), paperback version.

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    – Mithical
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 18:45
  • @Mithrandir I saw that cover but have not looked at the stories in it. The cover I remember was more abstract, almost like a microscope slide kind of view?
    – JohnP
    Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 18:54
  • The only Year's Best series that goes that far back that I am aware of is the one by Judith Merril. I checked the volumes for 1958, 59, and 60, and this story was not in them. IMHO it's unlikely this story would be in a "best of" collection. None of the 3 collections have purple triangles on the editions I have. Commented Oct 25, 2017 at 20:16

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''Rain Rain Go Away'' appears almost solely in collections organized by Asimov himself. It's possible you mean The Complete Stories 2, but I don't think so from the description of the cover? It's unlikely to be Year's Best simply because they started long after he wrote Rain Rain, but The Science Fiction Hall of Fame seems like a more likely hit but I can't find it appearing in any of those volumes.


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