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An excellent read
on 2 October 2012
The Fourth Megapack is even better than its predecessors, bringing together some of the great stories of that golden age of SF following the last war, with some more recent tales. The best in an outstanding list is MacLean's `Pictures Don't Lie', one of those unique stories that stays with you many years after you have read it. The pacing of her narrative is excellent, and the tension is ratcheted up until the very unexpected ending. One of my top SF shorts. Asimov's `Youth' takes a similar road, telling the story of two boys with a secret they are keeping from their elders, with a final twist that reminds one that Asimov also excelled as a mystery writer.
The late Harry Harrison is represented by an old fashioned suns and spaceship novella-length adventure story that transfers the contemporary Cold War to an interplanetary confrontation with nuclear war imminent. In addition to the action, he has created two fascinating worlds, the desert planet of Dis, and Brion's home planet, with its eccentric orbit that gives a very brief summer and a long, cold winter and imposes an unusual lifestyle on its inhabitants
The imagination is stretched in Larry Hodge's mind-numbing story of a lone individual playing the role of god in his universe, while Wollheim' s `Storm Warning' queries the assumption that aliens would be visible to the human eye. The editors of this collection have added a fair quotas of comic tales, from Philip K Dick's `Beyond Lies the Wub', another personal favourite, to E C Tubb's black comedy about two space bums - turn back to the title after you have read the story.