Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One: The Greatest Science Fiction Stories of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers of America

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The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929-1964.

This book contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for The Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the ...

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Overview

The definitive collection of the best in science fiction stories between 1929-1964.

This book contains twenty-six of the greatest science fiction stories ever written. They represent the considered verdict of the Science Fiction Writers of America, those who have shaped the genre and who know, more intimately than anyone else, what the criteria for excellence in the field should be. The authors chosen for The Science Fiction Hall Fame are the men and women who have shaped the body and heart of modern science fiction; their brilliantly imaginative creations continue to inspire and astound new generations of writers and fans.

Robert Heinlein in "The Roads Must Roll" describes an industrial civilization of the future caught up in the deadly flaws of its own complexity. "Country of the Kind," by Damon Knight, is a frightening portrayal of biological mutation. "Nightfall," by Isaac Asimov, one of the greatest stories in the science fiction field, is the story of a planet where the sun sets only once every millennium and is a chilling study in mass psychology.

Originally published in 1970 to honor those writers and their stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Volume One, was the book that introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction. Too long unavailable, this new edition will treasured by all science fiction fans everywhere.

The Science Fiction Hall Of Fame, Volume One, includes the following stories:

Introduction by Robert Silverberg

"A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley G. Weinbaum

"Twilight" by John W. Campbell

"Helen O'Loy" by Lester del Rey

"The Roads Must Roll" by Robert A. Heinlein

"Microcosmic God" by Theodore Sturgeon

"Nightfall" by Isaac Asimov

"The Weapon Shop" by A. E. van Vogt

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett

"Huddling Place" by Clifford D. Simak

"Arena" by Frederic Brown

"First Contact" by Murray Leinster

"That Only a Mother" by Judith Merril

"Scanners Live in Vain" by Cordwainer Smith

"Mars is Heaven!" by Ray Bradbury

"The Little Black Bag" by C. M. Kornbluth

"Born of Man and Woman" by Richard Matheson

"Coming Attraction" by Fritz Leiber

"The Quest for Saint Aquin" by Anthony Boucher

"Surface Tension" by James Blish

"The Nine Billion Names of God" by Arthur C. Clarke

"It's a Good Life" by Jerome Bixby

"The Cold Equations" by Tom Godwin

"Fondly Fahrenheit" by Alfred Bester

"The Country of the Kind," Damon Knight

"Flowers for Algernon" by Daniel Keyes

"A Rose for Ecclesiastes" by Roger Zelazny

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Editorial Reviews

Newark Sunday News
"The first definitive modern anthology of top science fiction stories."
National Review
Not for years has there appeared a collection of stories so remarkable, so profoundly enjoyable, so full of that marvelous 'remember when' quality.

— Theodore Sturgeon

From the Publisher
"A basic one-volume library of the short science fiction story."—Kirkus on The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One

"Quibbling about the choice of the prize winners would be like arguing with the pros who vote on the Academy Awards."—Publishers Weekly on The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One

"The first definitive modern anthology of top science fiction stories."—Newark Sunday News on The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One

"Libraries can toss out worn collections of partly good/partly poor and buy this volume of the creme de la creme."—Library Journal on The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One

"Not for years has there appeared a collection of stories so remarkable, so profoundly enjoyable, so full of that marvelous 'remember when' quality, and, for the absolute beginner, so rewarding and informative a reading experience."—Theodore Sturgeon in the National Review on The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume One

National Review - Theodore Sturgeon
"Not for years has there appeared a collection of stories so remarkable, so profoundly enjoyable, so full of that marvelous 'remember when' quality."
National Review
"Not for years has there appeared a collection of stories so remarkable, so profoundly enjoyable, so full of that marvelous ''remember when'' quality."

— Theodore Sturgeon

Newark Sunday News
"The first definitive modern anthology of top science fiction stories."
Publishers Weekly
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964, edited by Robert Silverberg, features 26 stories selected as the best of their era by members of the SFWA. It's an all-star roster, including such greats as Stanley G. Weinbaum, John W. Campbell, Fritz Leiber, Richard Matheson, Arthur C. Clarke and Roger Zelazny. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Library Journal
From Isaac Asimov's classic tale of a world that only knows darkness once every thousand years ("Nightfall") to Daniel Keyes's poignant and chilling tale of an experiment in augmented intelligence ("Flowers for Algernon"), the 26 tales in this collection showcase the best sf writing of the first half of the 20th century. Selected by members of Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), these eclectic tales include contributions by Alfred Bester, Roger Zelazny, Arthur C. Clarke, and other luminaries of the genre. Libraries needing a good introduction to classic sf should consider this title for their sf or short story collections. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780765305374
  • Publisher: Tom Doherty Associates
  • Publication date: 2/1/2005
  • Series: SF Hall of Fame Series
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 576
  • Sales rank: 214,025
  • Product dimensions: 5.45 (w) x 8.17 (h) x 1.04 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Silverberg is a past president of the Science Fiction Writers of America, has published stories in all of the major science fiction magazines, written numerous science fiction novels, and is considered one of the greatest authors in the field. He is an award-winning author and has edited the New York Times bestselling anthology Legends.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Robert Silverberg

"A Martian Odyssey," Stanley G. Weinbaum

"Twilight," John W. Campbell

"Helen O'Loy," Lester del Rey

"The Roads Must Roll," Robert A. Heinlein

"Microcosmic God," Theodore Sturgeon

"Nightfall," Isaac Asimov

"The Weapon Shop," A. E. van Vogt

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves," Lewis Padgett

"Huddling Place," Clifford D. Simak

"Arena," Frederic Brown

"First Contact," Murray Leinster

"That Only a Mother," Judith Merril

"Scanners Live in Vain," Cordwainer Smith

"Mars is Heaven!," Ray Bradbury

"The Little Black Bag," C. M. Kornbluth

"Born of Man and Woman," Richard Matheson

"Coming Attraction," Fritz Leiber

"The Quest for Saint Aquin," Anthony Boucher

"Surface Tension," James Blish

"The Nine Billion Names of God," Arthur C. Clarke

"It's a Good Life," Jerome Bixby

"The Cold Equations," Tom Godwin

"Fondly Fahrenheit," Alfred Bester

"The Country of the Kind," Damon Knight

"Flowers for Algernon," Daniel Keyes

"A Rose for Ecclesiastes," Roger Zelazny

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 29, 2006

    Classic stories set the bar high for sci-fi

    From Heinlein to Sturgeon to Asimov, this collection of short stories includes fiction that is far more applicable to contemporary issues than one might first suspect. Including twenty-six tales in all, the topics include religion, politics, technology's effect on the human race, aliens, time travel, and the lot. The book starts with stories written at the beginning of the Great Depression and span, in publication, all the way until around the time of the Cuban Missile Crisis. The stories all provoke thought in morality, so-called 'progress,' and the nature of humanity in general. My favorite was the slightly altered(from the Martian Chronicles), standalone version of Bradbury's classic, 'Mars is Heaven!' where spacemen journey to Mars only to find all their dead relatives living in a town together. The intelligent Martians have a few tricks up their sleeves and this collection of stories does not disappoint. Whether you'd like an introduction to science fiction or you want to have all your favorites together in one book, I highly recommend this volume.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2005

    The finest collection of 'golden age' shorts - EVER.

    I first read this anthology as a twelve year-old Junior High student. The school library had it in hardback, and I was already a fan of Heinlein. This book absolutely rocked my world. Story after story after story each better, different, mind-expanding, mind-BENDING. And age has not affected the impact of the overwhelming majority of these pieces, either. 'Microcosmic God' - what happens when man creates a new species? 'The Cold Equations' - when is it morally correct to murder an innocent young woman? 'Flowers for Algernon' - what might happen if we keep tinkering with our own intellects? 'First Contact' - if there IS another intelligent species out there, I hope our first meeting goes like this. 'The Weapons Shop' - standing up for yourself will still have meaning in the future, I hope. 'For Love of Mother Not' - not Lovecraft, but still quite frightening. I strongly recommend this anthology. Don't pass up this reissue.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 4, 2008

    The BEST anthology ever made!

    This anthology of stories is the Bible of science fiction. If you´re a science fiction fan you might not lose the oportunity to read this marvelous book. All its stories leaves you thinking about how can be the future: A MARTIAN ODSSEY, are there other life forms on Mars? ARENA, will the race fate be decided by a war that will finish in a 1-1 fight? THE LITTLE BLACK BAG, how much medicine will evolve to treat diseases and accidents? MIMSY WERE THE BOROGOVES, can we modify the future sending objects to the past? COMMING ATTRACTION, will a nuclear war devast our planet transforming it in a radioactive hell?

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