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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s

by Gary K. Wolfe (Editor)

Other authors: Alfred Bester (Contributor), James Blish (Contributor), Leigh Brackett (Contributor), Algis Budrys (Contributor), Robert A. Heinlein (Contributor)5 more, C. M. Kornbluth (Contributor), Fritz Leiber (Contributor), Richard Matheson (Contributor), Frederik Pohl (Contributor), Theodore Sturgeon (Contributor)

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Contains: American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953--1956 Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth / The Space Merchants Theodore Sturgeon / More Than Human Leigh Brackett / The Long Tomorrow Richard Matheson / The Shrinking Man 978-1-59853-158-9 American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956--1958 Robert Heinlein / Double Star Alfred Bester / The Stars My Destination James Blish / A Case of Conscience Algis Budrys / Who? Fritz Leiber / The Big Time 978-159853-159-6 Following its acclaimed three-volume edition of the novels of science fiction master Philip K. Dick, The Library of America now presents a two-volume anthology of nine groundbreaking works from the golden age of the modern science fiction novel. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these "outsider" novels have gradually been recognized as American classics. Here are genre-defining works by such masters as Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish, and Alfred Bester. The themes range from time travel (Fritz Leiber's The Big Time) to post-apocalyptic survival (Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow), from the prospect of a future dominated by multinational advertising agencies (Pohl and Kornbluth's The Space Merchants) to the very nature of human identity in a technological age (Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human and Algis Budrys's Who?). The range of styles is equally diverse, by turns satiric, adventurous, incisive, and hauntingly lyrical. Grappling in fresh ways with a world in rapid transformation, these visionary novels opened new imaginative territory in American writing. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.… (more)
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Own the Best of American Sci-Fi from Library of America

One of the best ways to own among the best of American writing is to explore offerings from the Library of America. Each volume includes annotated texts, biographies of the authors, and additional scholarship. This outstanding boxed set includes:

Volume I: 1953-1956

The Space Merchants, by Frederik Polh ad C. M. Kornbluth: A dystopian satire of consumerism run amok, in which advertising is not only a profession but the de facto government.

More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon: Imagines the evolution of a new species of humanity, Homo Gestalt, and how it gains the key to survival, a conscious.

The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Backett: Among the first meditations on the aftermath of nuclear holocaust, in which humans resort to primitive living, except for a handful of scientists in a mythical city.

The Shrinking Man, by Richard Matheson: The novel that birthed the movie cult classic, in which a man shrinks down to walk among the most basic elements.

Volume II: 1956-1958

Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein: Follows the exploits of a near do well thespian as he assumes the role of a lifetime that lasts a lifetime.

The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester: About a man driven to the ends of the solar system, and ultimately beyond, by his thirst for revenge, loosely patterned after Dumas’ The Count of Monte Christo.

A Case of Conscious, by James Blish: In the future, a commission of humans confront the issue of morality without god on the planet Lithia, and the effect it would have on Earth society.

Who?, by Algis Budry: A mash up of Cold War espionage, sci-fi, and alternative history that has a man questioning his very identity.

The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber: As much a philosophical query into the nature of life, the effects of perpetual war, external life, love, and cynicism about pretty much everything, as it is about time travel and the disruption of the time line.

Fans of science fiction will want to add this boxset to their collection. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Own the Best of American Sci-Fi from Library of America

One of the best ways to own among the best of American writing is to explore offerings from the Library of America. Each volume includes annotated texts, biographies of the authors, and additional scholarship. This outstanding boxed set includes:

Volume I: 1953-1956

The Space Merchants, by Frederik Polh ad C. M. Kornbluth: A dystopian satire of consumerism run amok, in which advertising is not only a profession but the de facto government.

More Than Human, by Theodore Sturgeon: Imagines the evolution of a new species of humanity, Homo Gestalt, and how it gains the key to survival, a conscious.

The Long Tomorrow, by Leigh Backett: Among the first meditations on the aftermath of nuclear holocaust, in which humans resort to primitive living, except for a handful of scientists in a mythical city.

The Shrinking Man, by Richard Matheson: The novel that birthed the movie cult classic, in which a man shrinks down to walk among the most basic elements.

Volume II: 1956-1958

Double Star, by Robert A. Heinlein: Follows the exploits of a near do well thespian as he assumes the role of a lifetime that lasts a lifetime.

The Stars My Destination, by Alfred Bester: About a man driven to the ends of the solar system, and ultimately beyond, by his thirst for revenge, loosely patterned after Dumas’ The Count of Monte Christo.

A Case of Conscious, by James Blish: In the future, a commission of humans confront the issue of morality without god on the planet Lithia, and the effect it would have on Earth society.

Who?, by Algis Budry: A mash up of Cold War espionage, sci-fi, and alternative history that has a man questioning his very identity.

The Big Time, by Fritz Leiber: As much a philosophical query into the nature of life, the effects of perpetual war, external life, love, and cynicism about pretty much everything, as it is about time travel and the disruption of the time line.

Fans of science fiction will want to add this boxset to their collection. ( )
  write-review | Nov 4, 2021 |
Wonderful Classic Science Fiction. Recommend to any scifi fan. ( )
  sandsjd | Jun 3, 2016 |
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Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Wolfe, Gary K.Editorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Bester, AlfredContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Blish, JamesContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Brackett, LeighContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Budrys, AlgisContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Heinlein, Robert A.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Kornbluth, C. M.Contributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Leiber, FritzContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Matheson, RichardContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Pohl, FrederikContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
Sturgeon, TheodoreContributorsecondary authorall editionsconfirmed
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Contains: American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953--1956 Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth / The Space Merchants Theodore Sturgeon / More Than Human Leigh Brackett / The Long Tomorrow Richard Matheson / The Shrinking Man 978-1-59853-158-9 American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956--1958 Robert Heinlein / Double Star Alfred Bester / The Stars My Destination James Blish / A Case of Conscience Algis Budrys / Who? Fritz Leiber / The Big Time 978-159853-159-6 Following its acclaimed three-volume edition of the novels of science fiction master Philip K. Dick, The Library of America now presents a two-volume anthology of nine groundbreaking works from the golden age of the modern science fiction novel. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these "outsider" novels have gradually been recognized as American classics. Here are genre-defining works by such masters as Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish, and Alfred Bester. The themes range from time travel (Fritz Leiber's The Big Time) to post-apocalyptic survival (Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow), from the prospect of a future dominated by multinational advertising agencies (Pohl and Kornbluth's The Space Merchants) to the very nature of human identity in a technological age (Theodore Sturgeon's More Than Human and Algis Budrys's Who?). The range of styles is equally diverse, by turns satiric, adventurous, incisive, and hauntingly lyrical. Grappling in fresh ways with a world in rapid transformation, these visionary novels opened new imaginative territory in American writing. LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation's literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America's best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.

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