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A Science Fiction Omnibus By Brian W. Aldiss Eric Frank Russell Fredric Brown William Tenn Harry Harrison J.G. Ballard Kim Stanley Robinson Frederik Pohl A Science Fiction Omnibus This new edition of Brian Aldiss classic anthology brings together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years from Isaac Asimov s Nightfall first published in to the
  • Title: A Science Fiction Omnibus
  • Author: Brian W. Aldiss Eric Frank Russell Fredric Brown William Tenn Harry Harrison J.G. Ballard Kim Stanley Robinson Frederik Pohl
  • ISBN: 9780141188928
  • Page: 172
  • Format: Paperback
  • A Science Fiction Omnibus By Brian W. Aldiss Eric Frank Russell Fredric Brown William Tenn Harry Harrison J.G. Ballard Kim Stanley Robinson Frederik Pohl This new edition of Brian Aldiss classic anthology brings together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov s Nightfall , first published in 1941, to the 2006 story Friends in Need by Eliza Blair Including authors such as Clifford Simak, Harry Harrison, Bruce Sterling, A E Van Vogt and Brian Aldiss himself, these stories poThis new edition of Brian Aldiss classic anthology brings together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov s Nightfall , first published in 1941, to the 2006 story Friends in Need by Eliza Blair Including authors such as Clifford Simak, Harry Harrison, Bruce Sterling, A E Van Vogt and Brian Aldiss himself, these stories portray struggles against machines, epic journeys, genetic experiments, time travellers and alien races From stories set on Earth, to uncanny far distant worlds and ancient burnt out suns, the one constant is humanity itself, compelled by an often fatal curiosity to explore the boundless frontiers of time, space and probability.Thirty short stories and a novella, first published in Penguin Modern Classics November 2007 with a cover illustration by Jim Burns The new stories are James Tiptree, Jr And I Awoke and Found Me Here on the Cold Hill s Side Bruce Sterling Swarm Greg Bear Blood Music Fredric Brown Answer Kim Stanley Robinson Sexual Dimorphism Eliza Blair Friends in Need James Inglis Night Watch Ted Chiang Story of Your Life Garry Kilworth Alien Embassy John Crowley Great Work of Time
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    1. Brian W. Aldiss Eric Frank Russell Fredric Brown William Tenn Harry Harrison J.G. Ballard Kim Stanley Robinson Frederik Pohl

      Pseudonyms Jael Cracken, Peter Pica, John Runciman, C.C Shackleton, Arch Mendicant, Doc Peristyle.Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition Adored for his innovative literary techniques, evocative plots and irresistible characters, he became a Grand Master of Science Fiction in 1999 Brian Aldiss died on August 19, 2017, just after celebrating his 92th birthday with his family and closest friends.Brian W Aldiss Group on Good Reads

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    1. For now, this is just a review of Build Up Logically by Howard Schoenfeld A story I rate 4.It s a very short story that cleverly twists fact, fiction, and time travel maybe Twisted in a good way and slightly reminiscent of Jorge Luis Borges, though Borges is the superior writer, imo The underlying concept quite good Not entirely original, but an original take on ideas of art imitating life and vice versa, of fictional figures coming to life, or people literally entering fictional worlds I was re [...]


    2. Great collection of classic stories Ratings for individual stories are listed below on a 5 star scale Note the inclusion of a John Steinbeck tale, and a good one at that Sole Solution 1956 Eric Frank Russell 4 Lot 1953 Ward Moore 4.5 The Short Short Story of Mankind 1958 John Steinbeck 4 Skirmish 1950 Clifford D Simak 4 Poor Little Warrior 1958 Brian W Aldiss 3.5 Grandpa 1955 James H Schmitz 4 The Half Pair 1957 A Bertram Chandler 3 Command Performance 1952 Walter M Miller, Jr 3.5 Nightfall 1941 [...]


    3. This volume collects two earlier Penguin SF collections from the 50s and 60s and is a pretty mammoth affair, coming to over 600 pages and containing 36 stories Given the time period that the stories were written in mostly the 1950s, with some outliers in the decade either side , some inevitable themes arise These are primarily concerned with nuclear apocalypse and Reds under the bed type allegories There are some great stories here and very few misses Isaac Asimov s Nightfall is welcome at any t [...]


    4. So, this isn t quite up to the standard of something like Dangerous Visions, but there are some pretty good stories in here Some variations upon the them of Astronaut as Creator that aren t hackneyed and unoriginal, for example A couple of good Future Jesus style things, too Lot , the story of a family fleeing The Event or less has stuck with me since I first read this In fact, the whole book has I imagine this is one of the biggest drivers in my love of short form scifi.


    5. Mentally I m ascribing this to the other, older Penguin SF Omnibus , which I had as a kid All of the stories in that one were better, even when they were actually the exact same stories that were in this one.


    6. Editing is a much difficult job than writing, especially when it comes to authors Almost all the famous authors are notorious for choosing inferior to bad stories, whenever they are given an opportunity to make a best of selection from their works It proves, that making a selection requires an altogether different perspective, and a connect with the hoi polloi readers, which most of our authors lack A classic example would be this book, as well.This selection, widely respected by critics, turne [...]


    7. A very well curated collection Stories that ponder how people would behave in extraordinary, speculative circumstances Loved this collection of stories.


    8. Stand out stories Blood Music by Greg Bear, The Cage by Bertram Chandler, The Tunnel Under the World by Fred Pohl, and the John Crowley one.


    9. Who could you trust than writer, critic and editor Brian Aldiss to provide you with a primer of classic sf short stories First published in 1973, the Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus collects three seminal anthologies edited by Aldiss for Penguin from 1961 to 1964 There are over 30 tales drawn mainly from the 1950s, with barely a dud to be found Aldiss provides prime examples which demonstrate the range and depth of short form sf of the period, drawn from a variety of sub genres, from post apoca [...]


    10. A good collection that wavers in places as certain themes and styles are followed in sequence that I wasn t as interested in, but there s lots of gems to be found in here so read it from cover to cover with glee


    11. It s taken me the best part of a year to read this book, which makes it a bit of an oddity Normally I would plough through a collection of short stories relatively quickly but, in this case, the selection on offer is so diverse and so consistently strong that the book as a whole is one to dip into whenever you want a reminder of just what the genre is capable of.The range of stories spanning several decades reflect a variety of themes and concens, all of which are well explored by a selection of [...]


    12. New rule multi author collections lose a star if the author list is not at least 33% female ESPECIALLY if they purport to be some sort of comprehensive survey I suppose that s all you can expect from an editor who reads James Tiptree, Jr s remark that those eight years in SF while her pseudonym held were the first time I could be really real not as an expression of relief at temporarily escaping the toxic soup of gender expectations but as a description of how much fun it is to write about rocke [...]


    13. I hadn t read a lot of science fiction before starting this book, so it was all new to me The collection is excellent and the length of the stories keeps the tempo up Each time you re plunged into a unique situation, though there is a bit of a common thread that life as we know it will never be the same.I also greatly enjoyed the feel of the book in my hand, how well it was bound, the thickness of the paper In my eyes books still trump digital media devices they don t need batteries and they don [...]


    14. Brilliant science fiction collection With names like Issac Asimov, Robert Abernathy, Arthur C Clarke, Theodore Cogswell, James Blish, AE Van Vogt and unexpectedly John Steinbeck filling its pages, it promises to be stellar and it is My favorite story in this collection and one of my top two favorite science fiction stories of all time is Eric Frank Russell s short short story, Sole Solution.


    15. An outstanding anthology packed with the best of SF over the course of 60 years Some I didn t like most I did Answer is one of the stand out stories and is probably the best piece of flash fiction I ve ever come across This is an ideal anthology for an SF newcomer, although a veteran will find plenty to enjoy.


    16. Quite a number of the 31 stories were either difficult to plough through including the editor s or hard to decipher My favourites were Grandpa 1955 by James H Schmitz, Swarm 1982 by Bruce Sterling, An Alien Agony aka The Streets of Ashkelon , 1962 by Harry Harrison, Story of Your Life 1998 by Ted Chiang, and I Made You 1954 by Walter M Miller, Jr.


    17. There weren t any stand out stories that I hadn t read elsewhere, and a lot of what was there was unengaging This is an anthology of stories from 50s onwards, excluding the 70s, and mostly 50s and 60s More of a holiday read than one to buy specially.


    18. This is one of the best sci fi anthologies I ve ever read Lots of great stories and only one or two I didn t really like Really shows the depth of imagination and variety you can get in the genre Brilliant.



    19. I have the original of this It doesn t have any stories later than 1973 in it It s a good collection and a huge one 616 pages.


    20. A bit hit and miss Asimov is amazing as always, the final story was well worth making it through to the end, but some of the others not so much.



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