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Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios
Musings/Träumereien/Devaneios rated it 2 years ago
(Original Review, 1980-11-26)Another old Ace double that's a favourite is "Space Chantey" by R. A. Lafferty. It's sort of a retelling of "The Odyssey" in sf terms, but in typically crazed Lafferty fashion. Odysseus becomes Space Captain Roadstrum, the land of the lotus eaters becomes a planet where ...
markk
markk rated it 3 years ago
For over a century time travel has remained one of the most enduring categories of science fiction. Authors such as Mark Twain and H. G. Wells established many of the ideas that were subsequently encapsulated in numerous stories that have entertained millions of readers. This anthology bring togethe...
LitReactor
LitReactor rated it 6 years ago
Title: The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 Who wrote it: Edited by Gordon Van Gelder, winner of the Hugo Award for his editorial work on The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, this collection includes stories from an impressive list of authors, such as: Stephen King, Rober...
Yzabel
Yzabel rated it 6 years ago
(I got a copy of this book from NetGalley, in exchange for an honest review.)3.5 stars for this collection of 27 stories, some of which are funny and grotesque, some others dark and disturbing.Strangely, I didn't feel that much of a connection with a lot of those. Maybe I've become picky after a few...
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins
Bob @ Beauty in Ruins rated it 6 years ago
As we pass the halfway mark of the year, we find the first of the new 'best of' anthologies flooding the market. Currently I have 4 monster tomes that I've been reading through, jumping around between favorite authors and intriguing titles. I'm not one to read an anthology from cover-to-cover, but I...
bookaneer
bookaneer rated it 6 years ago
The Very Best of Fantasy & Science Fiction, Volume 2 Edited by Gordon Van Gelder I recently read a short-story collection of recent works from big-name authors that caused me to reflect on what I looked for in the short story. I came to the conclusion that my childhood addiction to Year's Best an...
Lisa (Harmony)
Lisa (Harmony) rated it 7 years ago
I bought this collection of 33 science fiction stories because it was recommended in A Reader's Guide to Science Fiction on its "5 Parsec Shelf" of the best books in the genre. Here's what it said about the book: Anthologies, no matter how excellent, have seldom had enough impact to be "classics." B...
Tower of Iron Will
Tower of Iron Will rated it 8 years ago
A small collection of essays by one of the masters of weird tall tales. Given Lafferty's fictional propensities it is hard to say if he is having us on with a few of these. He is skeptical about the physics of black holes, questions whether life exists anywhere other than Earth, and argues that ocea...
meganbaxter
meganbaxter rated it 8 years ago
Past Master reads like a lesser The Einstein Intersection, which was published a mere year earlier. Both are looking at future societies, and attempting to integrate myth and legend into the stories they tell. But what Past Master lacks is the lyricism of Samuel L. Delany. Similar figures, archetype...
B. Morris Allen
B. Morris Allen rated it 8 years ago
Many themed anthologies have difficult sticking to their nominal theme. The more ethereal the theme, the more the stories tend to wander. Most often, they seem in fact to be mere compendia of the stories the editor could dig up, with little in the way of connective tissue. This anthology is no diffe...
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