Box Set Books Tired of boring novels? Sci-fi fans love this series! The Fairytale Chicago of Francesca Finnegan. The Singularity - Heretic: Do you love science fiction? Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. An amazing collection of stories that vary widely in range and subject matter but all add a sense of wonder I read the middle anthology and went back to amazon to buy this omnibus for the other 2 anthologies and was not disappointed We lost this book sometime back and it's always been one of my favorite collections of sci-fi stories.
Reading it again just brought back all the great stories in an even better way! This is the Penguin edition. There are 36 stories totalling just over pages and a brief introduction by Brian Aldiss. Given the current secondhand price this collection is amazing value. When first published these were among the trailblazing anthologies in British SF.
I do not know enough about science fiction to give detailed comments. My main motivation for reviewing is to give an easily accessible list of contents to those browsing through anthologies on Amazon. Here is a list of the contents together with a brief scene setting comment or quote definitely not plot spoiling: Not a voice, not a whisper. Not the touch of a hand.
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Not the warmth of another heart. Simak Joe Crane is early for work because both his alarm clock and wristwatch were an hour fast. The office is empty and something is squatting beside the typewriter and staring at him. Aldiss Claude Ford is hunting a brontosaurus. Schmitz This has always been one of my favourite stories.
This tale of a fifteen year old boy on a frontier planet with an unusual ecosystem is remarkable. Asimov wrote regarding John Campbell: Katherine MacLean First line: He swung his memory vault impatiently by the chain from his wristlet while the Landing Clearance officer checked his passport. Ballard Sheringham is playing his obscure recordings to Maxted. Dickson Cary Harmon visits his old acquaintance from student days in a remote area of the Venusian Lonesome Mountains just before a blizzard arrives.
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Nourse The exploratory mission is on its return trip and is just a week from Earth, when out of the blue Donald Shaver suddenly gets ill and dies. It felt very real. There was one other chair in the store and a table. On the table was a rusted hypodermic. They note some bipeds living in shelters of skins and fabric. Clarke Professor Millward is the last man alive in a frozen London. Fyfe Jeff Otis, inspector of colonial inspections, becomes interested in the ruins on the planet Torang.
Clarke The three man crew have almost reached the South Pole of Venus where the temperature may be low enough for water to form, even if at a very high temperature, and this may mean life of some kind. This is a heartbreaking decision, but, they believe, absolutely necessary. This is not a computer about to take over the world story. Miller Jr First lines: It sat on the crag by night. Gaunt, frigid, wounded, it sat under the black sky and listened to the land with its feet, while only its dishlike ear moved in slow patterns that searched the surface of the land and the sky.
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I was wearing scarlet, myself; it suited my mood. I got out, almost on his toes. Twisted in a good way and slightly reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges , though Borges is the superior writer, imo. The underlying concept quite good.
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Not entirely original, but an original take on ideas of art imitating life and vice versa, of fictional figures coming to life, or people literally entering fictional worlds. The title is plain from the start: Frank's ability to "invent the rabbit That's the easy, straightforward stuff. After that, things get more complicated, exploring reality, authorship, and the power or not to determine our fate. I was amused by the conceit of the time machine that allegedly view spoiler [ moved absolutely everything, so that there was no discernible change hide spoiler ] , and the guy view spoiler [ trapped for 5, years in front of an audience with a trumpet he couldn't play hide spoiler ] reminded me of poor paranoid android, Marvin, stranded at the car park at The Restaurant at the End of the Universe.
The convolutions at the end reminded me of Ronald Opus , a legal conundrum everyone should be familiar with: There was a small logical flaw on the first page: Even though he's telling the story in retrospect, I think it's a bit of an unnecessary cheat hide spoiler ]. This was a very quick buddy read with Apatt though not his choice of story.
View all 6 comments. Mar 16, Simon rated it it was amazing Shelves: An outstanding collection of stories showing just how diverse the genre can be. Herein really is contained some of the best short stories SF has to offer. He is well prepared but perhaps a little to cool and calculating Perhaps their civilisation will collapse Perhaps it can be exploited These are just some of the great stories you'll find in here.
A great overview of the genre. Nov 15, Chris Kelly rated it liked it Shelves: Great collection of classic stories. Ratings for individual stories are listed below on a 5-star scale. Note the inclusion of a John Steinbeck tale, and a good one at that! Sep 13, Riju Ganguly rated it did not like it. Editing is a much more difficult job than writing, especially when it comes to authors. Almost all the famous authors are notorious for choosing inferior to bad stories, whenever they are given an opportunity to make a "best of" selection from their works.
It proves, that making a selection requires an altogether different perspective, and a connect with the hoi-polloi readers, which most of our authors lack. A classic example would be this book, as well. This selection, widely respected by criti Editing is a much more difficult job than writing, especially when it comes to authors.
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This selection, widely respected by critics, turned out to be a disappointingly depressing one, where the author has selected stories that might be elevating, from a philosophical point of view, but are dashed poor reads. Also, his selections seem to be influenced by a Biblical worldview, which is NOT shared by readers like me. I had read a majority of these stories in different collections, and while several of them have had a lasting impact, the others were soporific and simply boring.
To such pile, Aldiss had added several more dark, drab, dull stories, which the critics would lap-up. As far as I'm concerned, they only succeeded in souring the day. The modern selections made by Paula Guran, while the older classic anthologies edited by Asimov et. This volume collects two earlier Penguin SF collections from the 50s and 60s and is a pretty mammoth affair, coming to over pages and containing 36 stories. Given the time period that the stories were written in mostly the s, with some outliers in the decade either side , some inevitable themes arise. These are primarily concerned with nuclear apocalypse and 'Reds under the bed' type allegories.
There are some great stories here and very few misses.
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Isaac Asimov 's Nightfall is welcome a This volume collects two earlier Penguin SF collections from the 50s and 60s and is a pretty mammoth affair, coming to over pages and containing 36 stories. That's just a brief skim through the selection. As I say, there are very few misses, so this is worth a read if you're a fan of Golden and Silver Age SF, or even if you're just curious about the history of the genre.
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So, this isn't quite up to the standard of something like Dangerous Visions , but there are some pretty good stories in here. Some variations upon the them of "Astronaut as Creator" that aren't hackneyed and unoriginal, for example. A couple of good "Future Jesus"-style things, too. In fact, the whole book has. I imagine this is one of the biggest drivers in my love of short form scifi.
Mar 17, Tom rated it really liked it. All of the stories in that one were better, even when they were actually the exact same stories that were in this one. Aug 29, Randompete rated it it was amazing. A very well curated collection. Stories that ponder how people would behave in extraordinary, speculative circumstances. Loved this collection of stories. May 28, Simon rated it really liked it.
Who could you trust more than writer, critic and editor Brian Aldiss to provide you with a primer of classic sf short stories? First published in , the Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus collects three seminal anthologies edited by Aldiss for Penguin from to There are over 30 tales drawn mainly from the s, with barely a dud to be found. Aldiss provides prime examples which demonstrate the range and depth of short form sf of the period, drawn from a variety of sub-genres, from pos Who could you trust more than writer, critic and editor Brian Aldiss to provide you with a primer of classic sf short stories?
This shameful oversight mars what would otherwise be a comprehensive and entertaining anthology of classic sf for the interested reader. Feb 15, Garry Abbott rated it liked it. A good collection that wavers in places as certain themes and styles are followed in sequence that I wasn't as interested in, but there's lots of gems to be found in here so read it from cover to cover with glee!
Oct 29, Paul rated it really liked it. It's taken me the best part of a year to read this book, which makes it a bit of an oddity. Normally I would plough through a collection of short stories relatively quickly but, in this case, the selection on offer is so diverse and so consistently strong that the book as a whole is one to dip into whenever you want a reminder of just what the genre is capable of.
The range of stories - spanning several decades - reflect a variety of themes and concens, all of which are well explored by a selecti It's taken me the best part of a year to read this book, which makes it a bit of an oddity. The range of stories - spanning several decades - reflect a variety of themes and concens, all of which are well explored by a selection of writers at the top of their game. While some stories are not surprisingly more memorable than others - Ted Chiang's Story of Your Life and Fredric Brown's Answer both spring to mind - there isn't a single dud in the book, all of which makes it a collection that should appeal to anyone.
Aug 09, Chris rated it it was ok Shelves: I suppose that's all you can expect from an editor who reads James Tiptree, Jr. Oct 29, Nora rated it it was amazing Shelves: I hadn't read a lot of science fiction before starting this book, so it was all new to me. The collection is excellent and the length of the stories keeps the tempo up.