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Barrington Bayley SF Gateway Omnibus: The Soul of the Robot, The Knights of the Limits, The Fall of Chronopolis (SF Gateway Omnibuses) Paperback – 6 Mar 2014


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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (6 Mar 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575103167
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575103160
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15.2 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,673,177 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the vaults of the SF Gateway, the most comprehensive digital library of classic SFF titles ever assembled, comes an ideal introduction to the work of one of the most influential writers of the New Wave period: Barrington J. Bayley.

About the Author

Barrington J. Bayley (1937-2008) was born in Birmingham and began writing science fiction in his early teens. After serving in the RAF, he took up freelance writing on features, serials and picture strips, mostly in the juvenile field, before returning to straight SF. He was a regular contributor to the influential NEW WORLDS magazine and an early voice in the New Wave movement.

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The lack of knowledge of, respect for and experience of Barrington J Bayley in the general SF readership drives me nuts. Barry is sadly dead now and still almost forgotten, proof that there is no justice in a world that thinks Iain M Banks, Alistair Reynolds and Neal Asher are the space opera bees' knees.

Time for a history lesson.

Barrington Bayley started publishing SF stories in the 1960s in 'New Worlds' that challenged the genre boundaries of SF while often sticking firmly to the established tropes. Many of these stories and others are included in 'The Knights of the Limits', the centrepiece of this book. Some are experimental and literary, others less so, all are fascinating.

Meanwhile, Barry was pumping out short, hard, fast, tight books for the likes of DAW and Allison and Busby. The latter publisher failed to pay his royalties properly, there was a court case and the man had to turn to working as a coal miner in the early 80s to survive. Hardly fitting for a master of SF whose best work stands alongside the likes of Dick, Silverberg, M. john Harrison and Barry Malzberg!

Although my favourite books by Bayley are not included here (I personally favour 'The Garments of Caean' and 'The Grand Wheel' as his finest moments), the publication of this omnibus is cause for huge celebration.
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