The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America

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Robert Silverberg
Cambridge University Press, Feb 22, 2003 - Fiction - 576 pages
74 Reviews
The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929 and 1964

The book you now hold contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for The Science Fiction of Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

Robert Heinlein in "The Roads Must Roll" describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind," by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall," by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, imagines a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.

Originally published in 1970 to honor those writers and their stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I, was the book that introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction. Too long unavailable, this new edition will treasured by science fiction fans everywhere.

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume I, contains stories by the great masters of the form, including the following authors:

Isaac Asimov
Alfred Bester
Jerome Bixby
James Blish
Anthony Boucher
Ray Bradbury
Fredric Brown
John W. Campbell, Jr.
Arthur C. Clarke
Lester del Rey
Tom Godwin
Robert A. Heinlein
Daniel Keyes
Damon Knight
C. M. Kornbluth
Fritz Leiber
Murray Leinster
Richard Matheson
Judith Merril
Lewis Padgett
Clifford D. Simak
Cordwainer Smith
Theodore Sturgeon
A. E. van Vogt
Stanley G. Weinbaum
Roger Zelazny
  

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The prose is great and the ending is satisfying. - Goodreads
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User Review  - Greg Fanoe - Goodreads

This collection consists of the 26 best science fiction short stories of all time (through 1964) as voted on by the Science Fiction Writers of America, with some limitations and adjustments (eg, one ... Read full review

Review: The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume 1

User Review  - Joe Santoro - Goodreads

1. Martian Odyssey by Stanley Weinbaum - Great start to the book... very fun old-timey space sci-fi, with lots of weird, non-sensical aliens living on the moon. It kinda made me think of the Star Trek ... Read full review

Contents

A MARTIAN ODYSSEY Stanley G Weinbaum
1
THE ROADS MUST ROLL Robert A Heinlein
53
NIGHTFALL Isaac Asimov
113
THE WEAPON SHOP A E van Vogt
145
MTMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES Lewis Padgett
181
HUDDLING PLACE Clifford D Simak
211
ARENA Fredric Brown
227
FIRST CONTACT Murray Leinster
252
THE LITTLE BLACK BAG C M Kornbluth
338
BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN Richard Matheson
363
THE QUEST FOR SAINT AQUIN Anthony Boucher
378
SURFACE TENSION James Blish
394
THE NINE BILLION NAMES OF GOD Arthur C Clarke
426
THE COLD EQUATIONS Tom Godwin
449
FONDLY FAHRENHEIT Alfred Bester
472
THE COUNTRY OF THE KIND Damon Knight
490

THAT ONLY A MOTHER Judith Merril
281
MARS IS HEAVEN Ray Bradbury
322
A ROSE FOR ECCLESIASTES Roger Zelazny
528
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Robert Silverberg has written more than 160 science fiction novels and nonfiction books. In his spare time he has edited over 60 anthologies. He began his writing career unsuccessfully at the age of 13, when he submitted stories to science fiction magazines and was rejected. He published his first story, entitled "Gorgon Planet," in 1954 while just a sophomore at Columbia University; but in 1956, he won his first Hugo Award, for Most Promising New Author, and he hasn't stopped writing since. Among his standouts: the bestselling Lord Valentine trilogy, set on the planet of Majipoor, and the timeless classics Dying Inside and A Time of Changes. Silverberg has won the prestigious Nebula Award an astonishing five times, and Hugo Awards on four separate occasions. He holds the additional honor of winning these honors in five decades, and he has been nominated for both awards more times that any other writer.

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