Science Fiction Stories

Science Fiction Stories

by Edward Blishen, Karin Littlewood
     
 

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Edward Blishen has always liked science fiction writing. At its best, he feels, it reveals marvelous imaginations at work in the telling of memorable tall tales. And sometimes it goes even further and presents you with an idea that changes your whole view of things. "There's a story in this collection," says Blishen, "that will leave you aware for the rest of your

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Edward Blishen has always liked science fiction writing. At its best, he feels, it reveals marvelous imaginations at work in the telling of memorable tall tales. And sometimes it goes even further and presents you with an idea that changes your whole view of things. "There's a story in this collection," says Blishen, "that will leave you aware for the rest of your life that you may have got everything right about a situation...except the one really imporant detail.

In this wonderful new anthology there are twenty stories from both the pioneers of science fiction and the very best of present-day writers.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
This collection of stories is a treasury for science fiction lovers because it contains selections by most of the classic writers of science fiction, including H. G. Wells, John Christopher, Jules Verne, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, and Arthur C. Clarke. The selections, which were originally published between 1954 and 1979, were chosen by the Carnegie Medal winning author, Edward Blishen. One notable omission is Phillip K. Dick, one of the most prominent writers of science fiction, whose stories would have added to the collection. Nine of the twenty selections in this book are chapters from science fiction novels. Since the short story is a unique genre, and chapters taken from a novel do not have the same kind of integrity apart from the whole, I would have preferred it if Blishen had included only those stories written to be read as short stories. Nevertheless, the book would be useful in a study of classic science fiction writers, giving students a taste of the diversity of writing style and subject matter in this genre. However, it should be supplemented with some of the literature from the past twenty-five years. 2003 (orig. 1993), Kingfisher/Houghton Mifflin, Ages 9 to 14.
—Kathy Egner, Ph.D.
From the Publisher

“Useful in a study of classic science fiction writers, giving students a taste of the diversity of writing style and subject matter in this genre.” —Children's Literature

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781856978897
Publisher:
Kingfisher
Publication date:
03/15/1993
Series:
Story Library Series
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
5.07(w) x 7.77(h) x 0.84(d)
Age Range:
9 - 14 Years

Meet the Author

Edward Blishen won the Carnegie Medal with Leon Garfield for the God Beneath the Sea (1970). For Kingfisher he has compiled several collections in the Treasury of Stories series and Children's Classics to Read Aloud.

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