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

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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: 1676 KB
  • Print Length: 536 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0575111208
  • Publisher: Gateway (15 Aug. 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00E9HR60C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #527,508 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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