The Science Fiction Hall of Fame

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame

Volume One, 1929-1964

Book - 2003
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The book you now hold contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. Robert Heinlein in "The Roads Must Roll" describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind," by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall, " by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, imagines a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.
Publisher: New York : Tor, 2003
Edition: First Tor hardcover edition
ISBN: 9780765305367
0765305364
Branch Call Number: SCIFI SCIEN
Characteristics: xiv, 560 pages ; 22 cm
Notes: "The greatest science fiction stories of all time chosen by the members of the Science Fiction Writers of America."
"A Tom Doherty Associates book."

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efredrick
Jun 14, 2012

This anthology, along with the seminal Harlan Ellison-edited Anthology of 1972 ("Dangerous Visions") should be required reading for any serious fan of SF.

The short story form of SF is a dying art, which is odd considering how condensed all our communications are becoming.(180 character limit writing contest, anyone?)

Yet there was a time when this was not so, when "pulp fiction" meant mass-market paperbacks printed on cheap paper were available everywhere for the equivalent price of a bottle of Coke.

Some people consider this the "golden age" of science fiction. I'm not so sure about that, but undeniably there was some great stuff being written during the era this anthology tries to cover.

One might quibble about some of the choices of pieces, but certainly the authors' names will be recognizable to any fan of the genre.

There are some great stories here, some written far before their time, imagining technology's impact upon our society in a way that is eerily prescient.

Not that every story will blow your mind, but some will. The others will merely make you think.

And after all, isn't that what we're looking for when we read good SF?

Enjoy.

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