Check out the Pride Celebration Treasure Hunt!
This site uses cookies to deliver our services, improve performance, for analytics, and (if not signed in) for advertising. By using LibraryThing you acknowledge that you have read and understand our Terms of Service and Privacy Policy. Your use of the site and services is subject to these policies and terms.
Hide this

Results from Google Books

Click on a thumbnail to go to Google Books.

The Best of Henry Kuttner by Henry Kuttner

The Best of Henry Kuttner (1975)

by Henry Kuttner, C.L. Moore

Other authors: See the other authors section.

MembersReviewsPopularityAverage ratingMentions
355346,402 (3.99)6



Sign up for LibraryThing to find out whether you'll like this book.

No current Talk conversations about this book.

» See also 6 mentions

Showing 3 of 3
An anthology of Kuttner's short fiction, including 2 Hogben stories (Exit the Professor and Cold War), along with 15 other stories which include Mimsy Were the Borogroves, The Twonky, and Or Else.

The stories are quite dated - the 40s and 50s as can be deduced from the domestic settings of the stories, but this doesn't detract from the story concept. The other thing that dates the stories is that technology is analogue. About the main SF element in the various stories is time travel (and to a lesser extent what would now fall into urban fantasy - pixies and the like, and the Hogben family).

An interesting read; I enjoyed dipping into the stories, but they do rather jar on modern sensibilities. Quite apart from the female characters being largely wives and mothers, they all smoke like chimneys and drink like fish.
  Maddz | Feb 17, 2018 |
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. ( )
2 vote clong | Dec 26, 2007 |
Showing 3 of 3
no reviews | add a review

» Add other authors

Author nameRoleType of authorWork?Status
Henry Kuttnerprimary authorall editionscalculated
Moore, C.L.main authorall editionsconfirmed
Bradbury, RayIntroductionsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Ellis, DeanCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Kresek, LarryCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
You must log in to edit Common Knowledge data.
For more help see the Common Knowledge help page.
Series (with order)
Canonical title
Original title
Alternative titles
Original publication date
Important places
Important events
Related movies
Awards and honors
First words
Last words
Disambiguation notice
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.
Publisher's editors
Publisher series
Original language
Canonical DDC/MDS

References to this work on external resources.

Wikipedia in English


Book description
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
  • Haiku summary

    Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 034524415X, Mass Market Paperback)

    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....

    (retrieved from Amazon Thu, 12 Mar 2015 18:13:19 -0400)

    (see all 3 descriptions)

    From the renowned, Hugo-nominated titan of science fiction comes a collection of his best short stories. In seventeen classic stories, Henry Kuttner creates a unique galaxy of vain, protective, and murderous robots; devilish angels; and warm and angry aliens. These stories include "Mimsy Were the Borogoves"-the inspiration for New Line Cinema's major motion picture The Last Mimzy-as well as "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", and "Absalom".… (more)

    Quick Links

    Popular covers


    Average: (3.99)
    2 2
    2.5 1
    3 4
    3.5 5
    4 16
    4.5 3
    5 10

    Is this you?

    Become a LibraryThing Author.


    About | Contact | Privacy/Terms | Help/FAQs | Blog | Store | APIs | TinyCat | Legacy Libraries | Early Reviewers | Common Knowledge | 135,478,684 books! | Top bar: Always visible