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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of: 1 Hardcover – Feb 2003

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Tor Books; 1 edition (Feb. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0765305364
  • ISBN-13: 978-0765305367
  • Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 4.4 x 21.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,378,089 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The mysteries and marvels of the science fiction world are brought to life in this compilation of stories representing the work of major authors in this field. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By John M. Ford TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 11 Jun. 2011
Format: Paperback
This collection of the best science fiction stories between 1929 and 1964 was assembled by the Science Fiction Writers of America and has the high quality that results from an expert-driven selection process. The twenty-six stories are all good and all by name authors, although they weren't all "names" when they wrote them.

My favorite six--and this wasn't easy--are:

Frederic Brown's "Arena" was made into a Star Trek episode which pitted William Shatner against an unknown stunt man in a rubber reptile suit. This original story of a human versus a well-rounded alien in a fight to the death is better.

Murray Leinster's "First Contact" named an entire SF sub-genre. The aliens and humans meet, learn to communicate, and then need to figure out a way to get home without endangering both of their worlds.

C. M. Kornbluth's "The Little Black Bag" hints at a future where many people aren't too bright. One of them loses a bag of medical instruments all the way into the past. And somebody finds it.

Tom Godwin's "The Cold Equations" illustrates the danger of taking along just enough of everything--air, fuel, mass--on a space trip. There is always the unexpected.

Damon Knight's "The Country of the Kind" examines the life of a lonely man who keeps reaching out for others. Something always gets in the way. This story may have influenced Anthony Burgess' A Clockwork Orange.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 5 Jun. 2003
Format: Paperback
This book is truly a collection of great stories from between the years of 1929 and 1964. I am glad they reprinted this book because my older version is yellowing. I hope one day they will reprint a new hard back copy and I will buy it also.
Even though this book is packed from cover to cover with intriguing stories, I bought it for one story in particular "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett. First published in 1943 ("Lewis Padgett" was a pseudonym employed by Henry Kuttner and his wife, C. L. Moore)
My first encounter with this story was a vinyl record recording with William Shatner later it is replaces with a cassette tape. I believe this book is the only surviving form of the story.
Unthahorsten is experimenting with time travel and sends two black boxes back into the past. He had to put something in them so as a last minute thought places his old toys in them. They do not return so he forgets them. It is too late the mischief is done. One is found by children in 1942. The other well look at the title for a clue.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Emmster TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Feb. 2013
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Some of the science is ropey due to age (or perhaps the author not knowing/caring about the facts) but each one of these stories is a gem.

I remember hiding under the covers as a young teen, reading any and all of the SF books from my step-father's collection. Some of the better stories have stuck in my mind for the past twenty years and I've often cursed my younger self for not remembering the titles or authors. I'm happy to say that at least four of those long-forgotten tales are in this collection, but all of them are thought-provoking, idea-inspiring, awe-casting classics.

As you'd expect in an anthology the writing styles vary, but the ideas are powerful and, in all cases, as relevant today as they've ever been.

If you love SF (and don't demand it be 'hard', military or cyberpunk) then buy this collection. No ifs, no buts. Buy it and love it.
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Anthologies are only as good as their editor - but in this case, the "editors" were the entire 1970 membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (not all of whom were American), who nominated and voted for the best short stories from the golden age of SF, up to 1964. I was 12 in 1964 and heavily into SF, so the authors featured here are those that I read so avidly at that time. Not surprisingly, stories that have remained with me like Kornbluth's "The little black bag" and Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon" are here, along with others I read for the first time. Of these, my favourites were Padgett's "Mimsy were the borogoves", and Godwin's "The cold equations" (first time an SF story had me blubbing!) The rest are all also excellent, however.

The omissions appear to be mainly due to the policy of allowing only one story per author: I suspect Heinlein's "All you zombies..." and Bradbury's "A sound of thunder" fell victim to this policy. One surprising omission is Eric Frank Russell's 1951 story "And then there were none..." - perhaps due to him later expanding it into a novel which did win awards.

I doubt you will find a better SF anthology - I haven't yet.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By rtmp on 22 July 2003
Format: Hardcover
When I was in my early teens, I read 2 books that influenced my reading ever since. I had only ever seen science fiction on television or at the movies. I never thought it would be good to read until I got this book from my local library. With hindsight, most of the stories in this book have been published in so many other anrthologies that any avid sci fi collector will probably have them all already but as an introduction to the genre, you could not buy a better book. The stories are fantastic. The worlds in them are amazing. I love this book and am ever grateful for the way it shaped my reading choices ever since.
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