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The Fifth Science Fiction Megapack

The Fifth Science Fiction Megapack [Kindle Edition]

Gardner Dozois , Jay Lake , Cory Doctorow , Donald E. Westlake , Frederik Pohl , Allen Steele , Avram Davidson , Lawrence Watt-Evans , Carol Emshwiller , Robert Sheckley , Pamela Sargent , George Zebrowski , Brenda W. Clough , Keith Laumer , Darrell Schweitzer , Bruce Bethke , Grania Davis , Sterling E. Lanier , James C. Stewart , Alan E. Nourse , Rick Raphael , Walter S. Tevis , Charles L. Fontenay , Ken Scholes , Everett B. Cole , Walter J. Sheldon
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The fifth volume in the Science Fiction Megapack series collects 25 tales of high adventure through other worlds and times, including 5 Hugo and Nebula Award-winners and nominees. Featured this time are:


THE STARSHIP MECHANIC, by Jay Lake and Ken Scholes

PEACEMAKER, by Gardner Dozois


GRANDMA, by Carol Emshwiller

THE GIFT BEARER, by Charles L. Fontenay

I, ROBOT, by Cory Doctorow

ALL RIGHTS, by Pamela Sargent


MAY BE SOME TIME, by Brenda W. Clough

CYBERPUNK, by Bruce Bethke

MILLENNIUM, by Everett B. Cole

JOIN OUR GANG? by Sterling E. Lanier

GREYLORN, by Keith Laumer

JUMPING THE LINE, by Grania Davis

HE’S ONLY HUMAN, by Lawrence Watt-Evans


CIRCUS, by Alan E. Nourse

THE HATED, by Frederik Pohl

CODE THREE, by Rick Raphael

COST OF LIVING, by Robert Sheckley

THIS IS KLON CALLING, by Walter J. Sheldon

THE BIG BOUNCE, by Walter S. Tevis

THE RISK PROFESSION, by Donald E. Westlake

THE FIRE EGGS, by Darrell Schweitzer

And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Megapack" to see other volumes in the series, from science fiction to ghost stories to mysteries...and many more!

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2717 KB
  • Print Length: 519 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (5 Sept. 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0097F4BPO
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (41 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #37,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another rewarding SF collection 12 Oct. 2012
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The 5th Megapack has a higher proportion of modern stories and fewer of the `classic' SF staples from the 1940s and 1950s than its predecessors, but once more offers readers a varied collection of entertaining tales at budget price.

These stories range from the traditional spaceships and suns adventure by Keith Laumer to the challenging proposition of alternative universes in Nourse's `Circus', varied dystopias like Robert Sheckley's society, in which consumer debt continues across generation, uncomfortably close to today's reality, and the chilling world of the final story, Schweitzer's `Fire Eggs'. The cleverest stories are Sheldon's `This is Klon Calling', with its cunning twist at the end, and Pamela Sargent's little dig at authors' agents, who are out to cheat their clients whatever the universe they are in. The only story that does not work logically is Raphael's `Code Three', (1964) which anyone familiar with multilane motorways will unpick quite easily. Once again the editors have chosen several light-hearted, humorous stories to balance more serious fare: `The Big Bounce' and the amusing `Starship Mechanic'. I enjoyed especially Westlake's 'Risk Profession' with its Asimov-style denouement.

More power to the elbow of the Wildside Press and their SF Megapack editorial team. Let's hope we don't have to wait too long for the 6th Megapack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Megafifth of Science Fiction 8 Oct. 2012
By John M. Ford TOP 500 REVIEWER
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This is the fifth Science Fiction Megapack, following the success of the first four volumes, The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern & Classic Tales by Masters, The Second Science Fiction Megapack, The Third Science Fiction Megapack, and The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack. There are 25 stories in this collection.

Six of the stories were particularly enjoyable to me. Your mileage may vary.

Jay Lake and Ken Scholes' "The Starship Mechanic" opens with Penauch, a many-appendaged alien, working in an otherwise ordinary Borderlands bookstore. With its ability to repair almost anything, it is surely missed from wherever it came from.

Carol Emshwiller's "Grandma" explores the post-retirement lifestyle of a superhero. I like to think the creators of The Incredibles read this story while doing their background research.

Cory Doctorow's "I, Robot" has no relationship to Isaac Asimov's much longer I, Robot beyond its title. A policeman and his son become involved with a group of robots. There is more diversity than one expects.

Grania Davis' "Jumping the Line" will appeal to anyone who has stood in line at the Department of Motor Vehicles. Bi and his parents' family are in line. It moves slowly across the landscape with no remembered beginning and an unknown, perhaps nonexistent end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A consistently pleasing series 30 Oct. 2012
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This fifth volume in the Science Fiction Megapack lives up to expectations. Good stories which are a pleasure to read. The Megapack series of Science Fiction stories has been my find of the year for 2012. Each of them has provided stories which are thought-provoking, entertaining and endlessly fascinating. I have all five of the volumes on my Kindle and hope that there are more in the pipe-line. Any SF fan would be pleased to own any of them. Dive in and fill your boots!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Varied entertaining collection. 19 Feb. 2014
By Silk
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There are some very good short stories in this collection which kept my interest throughout the read.
Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable 31 Dec. 2012
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I have always liked science fiction and these Megapacks are very good value for money on the Kindle. It would be better if it was possible to go to an index of stories and select a specific one from that index but that's an issue with the Kindle rather than the content of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 4/5 as a person who likes science fiction 24 Dec. 2012
By Adrian
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Some of the stories were a bit bizarre - one I scrolled through only reading a few words each page but, on the whole, enjoyable
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Good value for the money - some very well-known authors here. As you would expect, some stories are more enjoyable than others, but that's a matter of taste, I thought all well-written and worth reading.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good. 26 Aug. 2014
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I like these Megapacks. They have a decent mix of old and new(ish) stories which keep me entertained for as long as it takes me to read them. Some of the concepts and details (smoking anyone?) age the stories to a degree but that's acceptable for an anthology.

And the author specific packs are a good way of looking into someones work.

Excellent value for money and well worth 4 stars.
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