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The Third Science Fiction MEGAPACK®: 26 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales by [Leiber, Fritz, Dick, Philip K.]
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  • 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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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 58 customer reviews
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By Mondoro VINE VOICE on 7 Jun. 2012
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This third collection is well up to the standard of the Megapack series, featuring many familar names from the golden age of science fiction. Most heart-warming is the concluding novella, H Beam Piper's 'Little Fuzzy', which looks at the meaning of the word 'sapience' and the danger of making over-hasty assumptions about any new species that humanity may encounter in its spread across the galaxy.

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.
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By Kev Mooney #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2012
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I've been reading sci fi stories since I was a kid and still love them forty years down the line.

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!
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Great value for money. The amount of great short stories in these volumes allowed me to explore different sci fi authors and the quality of most is very much to my liking. Definitely 5 stars!
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Worth getting just for the last story. Another great collection. This one seemed to last longer than the last one too. Can't wait to get stuck in to the fourth!
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This is the third collection in this series, and it is a really good collection of short stories. The last few stories in the book are slightly longer than the others; and the last story is a really impressive novella,looking at how we might choose to define sentience at some stage in the future.

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.
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I am always on the hunt for titles that will provide an easy and enjoyable read for times when I just want to unwind and not have to work too hard at my reading.
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.

RS
Bristol
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This is the third Science Fiction Megapack, following the success of the first two volumes, The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern & Classic Tales by Masters and The Second Science Fiction Megapack. These 26 stories are from science fiction's golden age. Some should be considered "late golden age."

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.
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Considering the heavyweight names of the authors I was very disappointed with the quality of the stories - and I speak as a hardcore scifi buff - a totally unsatisfactory read
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