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6 Rediscovered Vintage Sc-Fi & Fantasy Stories For Hardcore Only
 
 

6 Rediscovered Vintage Sc-Fi & Fantasy Stories For Hardcore Only [Kindle Edition]

Chet Dembeck
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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Vintage sci-fi and fantasy from the 1940s to the 1960s was a thinking person’s venue.

While it’s true there was terror, suspense and plenty of violence in these plot-filled stories, there was also an abundance of irony, hard science and unsolvable paradoxes.

This is what separates the golden age of sci-fi from much of the crap being turned into movies today. Perhaps, society is just too dumbed down to get the vintage stories like the five I have read and edited for this collection. Or, perhaps many of those in this over-stimulated society just can’t sit still and focus long enough to read and comprehend these masterpieces.

No matter.

I compiled this 129-page, illustrated collection exclusively for Kindle and for you -- the real hardcore sci-fi junkie, young or old, who knows and appreciates good stuff when he reads it.
I hope you enjoy stories like “The Beast of Space,” or “The Glory of Ippling, not to mention, “Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Blue Deacon Publishing; First Edition edition (1 Nov 2009)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B002VBWDKG
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #212,942 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars More journeyman work than masterpieces 26 Feb 2013
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It was OK, it caused me no pain on a boring bus journey.. but the editor of this short anthology isn't doing it any favours by overselling it. It's harmless enough stuff and will raise a reminiscent smile from fans of this sort of old pulp SF, but there is a reason why these sorts of stories are soon forgotten, and it's a very simple one: they're not, really, all that good. Some are better than others - I finished one with a mild feeling of "yes, that was OK, actually", while another was so dull I managed to forget the start before I'd reached the end - but, overall, all it excites in me is that slight reminiscent smile and a general feeling of "meh".

It has all the virtues (energy, novel concepts) of pulp SF, and all the vices (cardboard characters in stock situations, insipid writing, wodges of exposition filling in the plot holes). People who like this sort of thing will like it. I like it. But I can't, in all conscience, give it better than a neutral rating.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The old ones are definitely the best. 8 Nov 2011
By M. Ives
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It is really good to read some proper written Si-Fi again. I must admit these collections really take me back to my childhood when people used something called an 'imagination'.
Sometimes it was based on information and facts at hand and expanding a projection into a 'possible' future, while others just took a leap of faith. Either way, it was great to be caught up in the moment and be immersed in a proper storyline with something called a 'plot', something sadly lacking in todays' computer generated world.
Fully recommend.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 6 out of 6 30 Dec 2012
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A good selection of stories, not novels, with the added joy of there being no title page so you cannot jump to a particular story, but have to scroll through or just read them all. Having said that they are worth reading at least once and for the price, who can complain?

Titles include F.E. Hardart (really?) "The Beast of Space" which was not what I expected but a riveting tale of a type of first contact.
Jim Harmon "The last place on Earth" is actually about an invasion by aliens but not in a way you would expect.
Helen M. Urban "The Glory of Ipping" is a variation on Ballard's "The Overloaded Man" and hints at the txt gnr8tn with their very short attention spans.
Randall Garrett "Viewpoint" is about time travel and features Richard the Lionheart which was a surprise.
Frank Belknapp Long is the only author I had previously heard of and "The Mississippi Saucer" is an optimistic look at poverty and feuds along the river.
R.A. Lafferty "Sodom and Gomorrah, Texas" relates the perils of employing someone who takes orders very literally.
Of them all I enjoyed "The Mississippi Saucer" the most and the final story the least but for the price all were worth reading.

Bill "Sock Puppet" Fox
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5.0 out of 5 stars good Vintage 31 July 2013
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if you like the old time science fiction you will like this, proper old time pulp stories as they say
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent 21 Feb 2013
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The stories are of real "vintage" which appeals to me a lot as I've been reading good S.F for many, many years. I recommend this for all you readers who want to read first rate stories.
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