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If you ever read one science fiction anthology.....
on 10 January 2003
.....make sure its this one. Originally published in 1967 and now reissued by IBooks in three different covers, this is one of the landmark works in science fiction, an essential read for anyone interested in the field, and a kick in the intellectuals for those who demean the world of SF for its lack of ‘quality writing’. Here are 33 stories with not a bad one among them.Certainly some are better than others, and some will leave you wondering what on earth they were meant to be about. But some will stimulate, some will thrill and a few, just a few, may change the way you view life. And that’s a few more than in most anthologies available nowadays. Honourable mentions go to Theodore Sturgeon’s “If all Men Were Brothers Would You Let One Marry Your Sister?”, Larry Niven’s “Jigsaw Man”, Fritz Leiber’s “Gonna Roll the Bones”, Spinrad’s “Carcinoma Angels”, and Philip Jose Farmer’s wild and weird ‘Riders of the Purple Wage’. Even the UK gets included with fine stories by Brian Aldiss and J G Ballard. Ellison provides a useful introduction to each story. It’s obvious from these short pieces that he’s passionately enthusiastic about both the writers and their subject matter. Allowing each writer an afterword to their story is an interesting device which works on some occasions and not others. Apparently this book has been in print ever since it was published but this is the first time I’ve been able to get hold of a copy . I suggest you take advantage of this opportunity to do the same.