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Science Fiction: A Historical Anthology (Galaxy Books)

by Eric S. Rabkin

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An invaluable contribution to the serious study of science fiction as well as a highly entertaining collection, Science Fiction contains 27 chronologically-arranged stories and excerpts, ranging from such early classic works as Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Shelley's Frankenstein to recentstories such as Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" and Ursula K. Le Guin's "Vaster Than Empires and More Slow." Including brief general essays and a separate introduction to each individual story or excerpt, Rabkin's anthology greatly illuminates the evolution of the genre.… (more)
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Highlights: Voltaire, Hawthorne, Bellamy, London, Stapledon, Asimov, Bradbury, Keyes, Zelazny

Avoid: Gernsback, Finney, Pohl, Ellison, Sheckley

Some disappointing stuff in here (not one of Arthur C Clarke's strongest ideas), but then any kind of historical anthology is bound to demonstrating evolution and the thematic concerns of the genre as well as to quality. Very interesting to see how the earliest writers use other worlds to examine our own, a technique which is still going strong, but technology, its possibilities and threats, becomes so dominant. ( )
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  • from Other Worlds, by Cyrano de Bergerac
  • from Gulliver's Travels, by Jonathan Switf
  • Micromegas, by Francois Marie Arouet
  • The Sand-Man, by E. T. A. Hoffman
  • from Frankenstein, or The Modern Prometheus, by Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley
  • A Descent into the Maelstr√∂m, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • The Facts in the Case of M. Valdemar, by Edgar Allan Poe
  • Rappaccini's Daughter, by Nathaniel Hawthorne
  • from Looking Backward "2000-1887", by Edward Bellamy
  • A Curious Fragment, by Jack London
  • The Star, by H. G. Wells
  • from Ralph 124C 41 , by Hugo Gernsback
  • The Last Poet and the Robots, by Abraham Merritt
  • Twilight, by John W. Campbell
  • from Star Maker, by Olaf Stapledon
  • Reason, by Isaac Asimov
  • Desertion, by Clifford D. Simak
  • The City, by Ray Bradbury
  • The Third Level, by Jack Finney
  • The Star, by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Flowers for Algernon, by Daniel Keyes
  • All You Zombies -, Robert A. Heinlein
  • Earth Eighteen, by Frederick Pohl
  • For a Breath I Tarry, by Roger Zelazny
  • I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream, by Harlan Ellison
  • Can You Feel Anything When I Do This?, by Robert Sheckley
  • Vaster Than Empires and More Slow, by Ursula K. Le Guin
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