The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 1

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The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Grand Master Award is given to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Frederik Pohl, an eminent figure in SF, has been authorized by the SFWA to edit an anthology in three big volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. Volume One, presenting the first five ...

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Overview

The Nebula Awards are voted on, and presented by, active members of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. The Grand Master Award is given to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in science fiction and/or fantasy. Frederik Pohl, an eminent figure in SF, has been authorized by the SFWA to edit an anthology in three big volumes featuring substantial selections of the work of all the first fifteen Grand Masters. Volume One, presenting the first five writers to receive the award, features the fiction of:

Robert A. Heinlein

Jack Williamson

Clifford D. Simak

L. Sprague de Camp

Fritz Leiber

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Editorial Reviews

Locus
On the basis of the...pieces...one can conclude that [some of the authors] were having a degree of sheer imaginative fun that may no longer be available to SF writers in today's market.
KLIATT
This is the first in a series of three big volumes to anthologize the work of the first 15 Grand Master Award winners. The award is given by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America to a living author for a lifetime's achievement in SF and/or fantasy. This volume includes Robert A. Heinlein, Jack Williamson, Clifford D. Simak, L. Sprague de Camp, and Fritz Leiber. For each author there is an introduction written by Frederick Pohl, at least three stories, and a short list of recommended reading. The story copyrights span from 1940-1984. This is a major undertaking and a priceless volume. Obviously, the stories chosen and/or recommended may not be the ones I would have chosen, but they are fairly representative of the vast body of work available by these prolific writers. What may be most amazing are the insights and predictions from the oldest stories included. It is fascinating to realize the foresight some of SF's best writers have had right from the inception. Encourage young people to read this to discover unmatched authors and also encourage them to check the copyright dates as they read to fully appreciate the vision of these early storytellers. Pohl's personal insights into each author's life and work bring them alive. KLIATT Codes: JSA*—Exceptional book, recommended for junior and senior high school students, advanced students, and adults. 1999, Tor, 383p, 24cm, 99-21933, $14.95. Ages 13 to adult. Reviewer: Sherry S. Hoy; Libn., Tuscarora Jr. H.S., Mifflintown, PA, November 2000 (Vol. 34 No. 6)
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This is the beginning of a three-volume anthology of selected works by the first 15 recipients of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Associations Grand Master award, which recognizes a lifetime body of work, of a quality that helped to shape the entire course of science fiction writing. Pohl, himself a Grand Master, has selected four to five works, mostly short stories, from the first five recipients: Robert A. Heinlein, Jack Williamson, Clifford D. Simak, L. Sprague de Camp, and Fritz Leiber. He introduces each group with a short history of the writers career and anecdotes from Pohls personal acquaintance with him. The short stories, while not always the authors best works, are representative of their styles and motifs and the early days of sf writing. Pohl has also included some extracts from novels, autobiographies, and essays, which, unfortunately, feel fragmented. Still, this is a good choice for sf collections.Devon Thomas, Highland Twp. Lib., MI
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780312868819
  • Publisher: Doherty, Tom Associates, LLC
  • Publication date: 11/28/1999
  • Series: SFWA Grand Masters Series
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 383
  • Product dimensions: 5.77 (w) x 8.57 (h) x 1.33 (d)

Meet the Author

Frederik Pohl has won all the major awards in the field of science fiction, including three Hugo Awards, two Nebula Awards, both for Best Novel; the John W. Campbell Memorial Award, also for Best Novel; he was accorded the accolade of Grand Master by the Science Fiction Writers of America. He's also won three Hugo awards as editor of the best magazine. He edited the groundbreaking Star Science Fiction series of original-story anthologies. He and his wife, educator and political activist Elizabeth Anne Hull, live in Palatine, Illinois.

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Table of Contents

Introduction by Frederik Pohl

LESTER DEL REY
The Faithful
The Pipes of Pan
The Coppersmith
For I Am a Jealous People

FREDERIK POHL
Let the Ants Try
The Tunnel Under theWorld
Day Million
The Gold at the Starbow's End

DAMON KNIGHT
The Handler
Dio
Not With a Bang
I See You
Masks

A. E. VAN VOGT
Black Destroyer
Far Centaurus
Vault of the Beast
Dear Pen Pal

JACK VANCE
Sail 25
Ullwar's Retreat
The Miracle Workers
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