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The Storm: A Science Fiction Classic by [Vogt, A.E. van]
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3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 203 KB
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (1 Feb. 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004LRPK9O
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #324,648 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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I read this years ago in a compilation of short stories. Some good ideas that haven't really dated although the social interaction is showing its age slightly.

The only reason this didn't get five stars is the price. I felt a little bit 'done' because this is a real 'short' story.
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By Shaun Horrigan TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 13 Jun. 2011
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This is most definitely a story of two halves. The first half has survived the years since its publication in 1943 really rather well.

Opening with a description of an interstellar storm of epic proportions where matter and anti-matter collide and annihilate one another releasing enormous amounts of energy in the process. This description was made possible at the time of writing by the relatively recent discovery of the positron and the excitement that the possibility of anti-matter produced even made it into the science fiction of the day, even though the word antimatter is not actually used in the story.

Against the backdrop of this storm a huge intergalactic battleship capable of subduing entire civilisations has just found a race of robots - robots who have hidden themselves away for a very long time and have no intention of being brought back under the control of humanity.

The second half of this story explores the relationship between a robot man and a human woman and was probably considered enlightened and perhaps even slightly risqué at the time, but unfortunately the fact that some things even needed to be said really does make the ideas being expressed feel dated and old fashioned.

The Kindle presentation is pretty good throughout, and there is even a decent pulp style cover picture.

Overall - 3 stars: Even though the second half of the story has not aged that well, this is still classic pulp science fiction from a master storyteller and I enjoyed most of the forty minutes or so it took me to read the story.
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So typical Asimov, short and sharp. No wasted words. I wonder if he ever expanded this story.
Loved it. Definitely worth a read.
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