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The Wooden Star by William Tenn
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The Wooden Star (original 1968; edition 1981)

by William Tenn

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Title:The Wooden Star
Authors:William Tenn
Info:Del Rey (1981), Edition: First Edition, Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
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The Wooden Star by William Tenn (Author) (1968)

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Some time ago I bought stacks of cheap mm pb from used book stores every time we went on a road trip.  Included were several by Tenn, who I don't recall ever hearing of before.  Given the titles of some of his other works, I thought maybe I'd be getting into something I didn't really want to, and would be disappointed the same way I was with Joanna Russ.  Finally I started Tenn's books with this one.  Fortunately it's a lot more palatable than I feared.  Relatively edgy for the time, now it's almost simplistic.  But not quite.  The stories are well-written, engaging, and the themes still relevant.  They're not true masterworks, but they're definitely still worth reading.  I thoroughly enjoyed them, and look forward to reading the rest of my Tenn. ( )
  Cheryl_in_CC_NV | Jun 6, 2016 |
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Tenn, WilliamAuthorprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Miller, StephenCover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Van Dongen, H. R.Cover artistsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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To Morris and Bess Breecher with much, much affection
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That was the day Plunkett heard his wife screaming guardedly to their youngest boy.
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Null-P is both the title of a short story collected in Wooden Star and the title of the German translation of the collection Wooden Star
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The Wooden Star is a collection of science fiction stories by William Tenn. Some of the stories can be seen as critical of social and political developments in the 1950's. The eleven stories are:

  • Generation of Noah (1951)

  • Brooklyn Project (1948)

  • The Dark Star (1957)

  • Null-P (1951)

  • Eastward Ho! (1958)

  • The Deserter (1953)

  • Betelgeuse Bridge (1951)

  • Will You Walk a Little Faster? (1951)

  • It Ends with a Flicker (1956)

  • Lisbon Cubed (1958)

  • The Masculinist Revolt (1965)

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