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The Best of Henry Kuttner by Henry Kuttner

The Best of Henry Kuttner (1975)

by Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore

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How can you not enjoy a book whose introduction contains: If you have arrived at this book and look to Kuttner for religious instruction, secular improvement, or moral renovation...you had best retreat to forms of literate navel-lint plucking with which the sophomores of the world bug each other? ( )
  TadAD | Aug 30, 2008 |
A bit of a mixed collection from Henry Kuttner. While I enjoyed a few of them a lot, others felt quite dated. Most are built around intriguing ideas, in some cases ideas that later authors would come back to and build on (e.g., "Mimsy Were the Borogroves" and "The Twonky"). Several of them are quite funny. My favorite was "The Misguided Halo" an exceedingly funny story about a man who has been mistakenly made a saint. It's been a long time since a sixteen-page short story made me laugh uncontrollably at least three times. I also particularly enjoyed "The Big Night," an adventure tale set in a time when a romantic era of space travel is being supplanted by new technology, and "Absalom" about a brilliant parent who faces the prospect of being eclipsed by his even more brilliant son. My least favorite was "The Proud Robot," which was no doubt a groundbreaking "man-robot relationship" tale of its day, but which failed for me on multiple levels.

The strangest thing about this book (and the forward by Ray Bradbury) is its complete avoidance of any acknowledgement that virtually everything Kuttner wrote after 1940 was co-authored with his wife, C.L. Moore. ( )
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Moore, C.L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
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This book (The Best of Henry Kuttner, published by Ballantine Books), is easily confused with two books published by Mayflower in the United Kingdom: The Best of Kuttner 1, and The Best of Kuttner 2.

In 2007 it was reissued under the title "The Last Mimzy" to tie in with the film of that name.
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17 Stories: Mimsy Were the Borogroves; Two-Handed Engine; The Proud Robot; The Misguided Halo; The Voice of the Lobster; Exit the Professor; The Twonky; A Gnome there Was; The Big Night; Nothing but Gingerbread left; The Iron Standard; Cold War; Or Else; Endowment Policy; Housing Problem; What You Need; Absalom.
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From back cover: here in one superlative volume 17 science-fiction tales by a master storyteller. A few are: Mimsy were the Borogoves; The Proud Robot; The Misguided Halo; Or Else; Exit the Professor plus 12 more....

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