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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 12 November 2013
As a Kindle app user (on a tablet), I have the advantage over purist Kindle (dedicated device) users in that i can peruse the range of alternative e-book-readers available. Whilst few are as good as the K-app, they mostly come with a bumper collection of free or public domain titles which you can peruse online and download at whim. From what I can tell, this is a selection culled from the public domain, someone else has taken the time and trouble to read through a whole lot of dross fiction to find the few really good pieces buried among them - so you won't have to, as the vogue saying goes.

But you can enjoy the ebenefit of someone else's search for the good stuff. This is all out-of-copyright (i.e. pre-1960s) stuff but there's some competent and even excellent writing skills on show. Any sci-fi buff will tell you the genre grew out of the sensationalist short-story era of the 1920s, and evoilved over time at attract firstly people with better ideas, and subsequently people with better writing skills, and this is a showcase of good ideas and good writing skills.

Amazing value for 30 pence plus vat. You won't find a John Varley, Bob Shaw or Gregory Benford story among these collections, but the stuff that's here is worth the read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2013
Ideal for short journeys where you can read as little or as much as you want and still finish the story.basic scifi but very readable.somestories are bizarre
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 19 May 2013
Any long term science-fiction fan will have read at least some of these before, but as value for money, it's well worth to get them onto your kindle via this whole series.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 26 March 2014
Sci fi to me is not necessarily about the quality of the writing, but the exploration of ideas - although it certainly helps if the author can string a few decent sentences together. Most of the stories in this collection are pretty old, generally, though not exclusively, ranging from the 1950s to the 1970s, so some of the ideas have been overtaken by history (lots of stuff about Martians and Venusians). Having said that, many of them are entertaining and one or two are well written too. The most disappointing is the Sam Delaney novella. He is one of my favourite sci fi writers but the one in this collection just doesn't do it. Maybe it was an early work and he was still finding his voice. I wasn't disappointed by the Poul Anderson story. I've always found him dreadful and the one in this collection is down there with the rest. How he ever got published is beyond me. Overall, however, this is a decent enough collection and, at the price I paid, definitely worth it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2013
Takes me back to the days when I first started reading SciFi. Politically uncorrect now but in those enlightened days no such thing. Nothing meant. Also great escapist reading.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 9 June 2013
Good range of subjects and varying themes. Just the right length of story for a book of this type. Have noticed that some stories have appeared in the same series of books.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 February 2014
I love these short stories and read them on my kindle while taking my lunch break at work. Plenty of variety and some are short can be read in 30mins and some longer. The standard of writing is very good mostly as authors are well known although the conversion to kindle could be better as often spelling errors occur but the price and good value combined with good interesting stories I can forgive this.
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on 27 November 2013
If, like me, you populate your ebook reader with too many SF novels to get through in your lunch breaks (or your lifetime for that matter), here is something else that may make it a little more rewarding. This megapack (and the rest of them) contain a nice mixture of old and new stories, some longer than others, with varying themes to entertain and engage the old grey matter. Given the nature of the beast, some of the stories will appeal to you more than others, but you could do far worse for the price.

On the subject of price, it is worth noting that a significant portion of the stories here (and in the other megapacks) are available from places such as Project Gutenberg for no cost. I've taken one star off because there is a question here - I'm not sure how the stories are curated, whether they are carefully selected or not, or if any work goes into editing them for the megapack. Illustrations present in the Gutenberg versions are not present here. I'm only raising these points because I don't know where the cost (albeit a minute one) for these megapacks comes from, rather than to accuse anyone of wrongdoing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 4 December 2013
I jumped in with a later edition of this series and loved it so I started at the beginning.

if you like Sci-Fi you will like this, there are good stories in here. One or too boring ones, which I admit to losing patience with, but on the whole a good read
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 1 December 2013
For anyone that thinks they might enjoy early Sci-Fi, and I do, this is a place to start. All of the stories are well-written, even though Sci-fact and history may have overtaken a few of them.
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