- Format: Kindle Edition
- File Size: 1598 KB
- Print Length: 647 pages
- Publisher: Wildside Press (7 Feb. 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B0076QCBK8
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 58 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #69,825 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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The Third Science Fiction MEGAPACK®: 26 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales Kindle Edition
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Other stories range from J T Bone's traditional spaceeship yarn about courage and its meaning; John Russell Fearne's explanation for the sudden disappearance of Atlantis; the beatifully-written fantasy 'Angels and Moths'; the poignant, often anthologised, 'Star Mother'; and E C Tubb's cautionary tale 'Jackpot', which indicates that gifts from 'natives' aren't always as they seem.... The only story that doesn't quite work, despite the range of its imagination, is the anticlimactic 'Second Landing'.
Again, a considerable bargain and very satisfying read.
There's much to like in these 26 Sci Fi stories. Some are more your classic American style. Remember they were obsessed with martian invasions and men from Venus in the 50's? Tales of time travellers, space exploration, colonization, heroes and villains. There's some modern stuff in here too, so a good mix.
If you've heard the old Dimension X radio shows you'll probably like this. Good value for a few pence too!
Good SF is not just about the technology, but looks at how it might be seen to affect people; and in particular, moral conflict is a great way to demonstrate this. This collection offers some really interesting ideas from some of the best known names within the genre and the whole collection has much to commend it.
If you are not into SF, then this might be a useful introduction to some really excellent examples of the kind of solid writing that can be found.
This composition of short stories, some of which are actually a good length, has achieved this very well. It is a good but easy read with some stories in there that the authors should consider adapting into fuller volumes.
If, like me, you grew up reading shorter Asimov and Heinlen stories in comic booke then this collection is well worth a visit, you will enjoy it I promise.
Being a kindle collection it also represents great value for money and will be staying on my kindle for when I fancy a "dip" read in future.
Five stories that stood out--
In Phillip K. Dick's "The Gun" a spaceship crew disables the last gun in a new planet's defense system. There is nobody left to repair it.
In Charles De Vet's "Monkey on His Back" a therapist helps an amnesiac piece together his fragmented memories to discover who he is. This may not turn out to be a good idea.
Frank Belknap Long's "The Calm Man" is the perfect husband except for his lack of emotions. And his secret.
Robert Silverberg's "The Hunted Heroes" takes us along with the husband-and-wife prospecting team Ron and Val as they search for precious metals on Mars. They need a big discovery to keep them going.
H. Beam Piper's "Little Fuzzy" is a first contact story. Human settlers must determine whether cute, teddy bear-like aliens are sapient. If they are, the planet must be abandoned by the human settlers. This novel-length story is also available in its own book, Little Fuzzy.
This collection has some interesting stories, but most do not achieve the same high quality found in the first volume.Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
I'm about halfway through, not enjoying the current story yet, but I have already read over a dozen really good ones - two or three of which I wish could have been a lot longer. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Calico
Hard to believe most of these stories come from the 40s and 50s
I like the variety and humour a good read
This is not a book, it's a book of small books. Absolute bargain and a fantastic read. I could not recommend more!Published 8 months ago by Stu
What a fantastic collection of stories. There really is something for everyone in here, & a great mixture of old & new writers. And the price ! Read morePublished 9 months ago by RazorGrrl
I enjoyed all the stories some are better than others obviously .Published 10 months ago by liz cave