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Bob Shaw SF Gateway Omnibus: Orbitsville, The Ragged Astronauts, A Wreath of Stars (SF Gateway Omnibuses) [Kindle Edition]

Bob Shaw
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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 the award-winning Bob Shaw. Best known for his extraordinary novel of 'slow glass', Other Days, Other Eyes, Bob Shaw was a fan favourite at conventions for his hysterical 'serious scientific talks'. This omnibus contains three of his finest works: Orbitsville, A Wreath of Stars and The Ragged Astronauts.



Orbitsville
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Racing from the certain vengeance of Earth's tyrant ruler, space captain Vance Garamond flees the Solar System. And discovers the almost unimaginably vast spherical structure soon to become famous as 'Orbitsville' - a new home for Earth's huddled masses.



A Wreath of Stars:


Thornton's Planet is an anti-neutrino planet detected on its approach to Earth. It can be seen only through the newly developed magniluct lenses and its arrival causes a wave of panic. When its course carries it past the earth, interest in Thornton's Planet wanes. But the visit of Thornton's Planet has had effects on Earth further-ranging than anyone could have imagined.



The Ragged Astronauts:


Land and Overland - twin worlds a few thousand miles apart. On Land, humanity faces a threat to its very survival - an airborne species, the ptertha, has declared war on humankind, and is actively hunting for victims. The only hope lies in migration. Through space to Overland. By balloon.


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An SF Gateway Omnibus featuring three classic works from Bob Shaw

About the Author

Bob Shaw (1931 - 1996)

Bob Shaw was born in Belfast in 1931. After working in engineering, aircraft design and journalism he became a full time writer in 1975. Among his novels are Orbitsville, A Wreath of Stars, The Ragged Astronauts and his best-known work Other Days, Other Eyes, based on the Nebula Award-nominated 'Light of Other Days', the story that made his reputation. Although his SF novels and stories were for the most part serious, Shaw was well-known in fannish circles for his sense of humour, and his witty 'Serious Scientific Talks' were a favourite of attendees at Eastercons. Bob Shaw won two Hugos and three BSFA Awards. He died in 1996.


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 978 KB
  • Print Length: 544 pages
  • Publisher: Gateway (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9HR60C
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4.0 out of 5 stars British Hard SF Master who could actually write 7 Jun. 2014
By Stephen E. Andrews TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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Hard SF writers - that is those that focus on the traditional tech tropes of spacecraft, robots et cetera - who could actually write good prose, create rounded characters and manage plot with subtlety were rare beasts before the late seventies. Some of us would argue that this is still the case now, but that's for another day.

Bob Shaw was, to a degree, an odd man out. As a British Hard SF writer, he was a rarity in his time - he didn't really fit in with the more literary, metaphorical approaches of Ballard, Priest, Roberts and Moorcock. Instead, he was like Arthur C. Clarke, but with the ability to write well and a willingness to tackle sexuality and -at time - even humour. At conventions, Bob would give a 'serious scientific talk' -which would end up with the audience crying with laughter. A lovely man who liked his whisky, Shaw was, of course, from Northern Ireland, which perhaps explains his unique position as a Brit Hard SF author who took on the New Wave challenge to write well.

Although Gollancz have done us all a favour with the superb Gateway Omnibus series, they've also shot themselves in the foot by packaging some fine novels and collections in badly designed, oversized and ugly royal-format trade paperbacks at prohibitive prices. Why not take the best of these books and publish them as old-school A format pocket paperbacks at a mere £5.99 instead? They would definitely sell better than these monstrous slabs of yellow paper...

...which brings me to the point about Shaw's finest book, the magisterial 'Other Days, Other Eyes', which should by now be a Gollancz SF Masterwork. I've written about it in one of my books, loads of other critics have long cited it as his best work and it's been out of print forever.
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