This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas between 1929 to 1964 and contains eleven great classics. There is no better anthology that captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field.
Published in 1973 to honor stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.
This volume contains novellas by: Ray Bradbury, James Blish, Algis Budrys, Theodore Cogswell, E. M. Forster, Frederik Pohl, James H. Schmitz, T. L. Sherred, Wilmar H. Shiras, Clifford D. Simak, and Jack Vance.
About the Author
A six-time winner of the Hugo Award, a former editor of Analog, former editorial director of Omni, and past president of the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Writers of America, Ben Bova is the author of more than a hundred works of science fact and fiction. He lives in Florida.
Table of Contents
Introduction by Ben Bova
"The Martian Way" by Ray Bradbury
"Earthman, Come Home" by James Blish
"Rogue Moon" by Algis Budrys
"The Spectre General" by Theodore Cogswell
"The Machine Stops" by E. M. Forster
"The Midas Plague" by Frederik Pohl
"The Witches of Karres" by James H. Schmitz
"E for Effort" by T. L. Sherred
"In Hiding" by Wilmar H. Shiras
"The Big Front Yard" by Clifford D. Simak
"The Moon Moth" by Jack Vance
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The follow up to Volume Two A, which also like this anthology, contains eleven novellas published from 1929 to 1964, is a strong selection however in fact Volume Two B is a boomer era collection containing one tale from 1928 (close enough for government and sci fi collections), three from the forties, five from the fifties, and two from the sixties. The authors for the most part remain famous, a virtual who¿s who to include Asimov, Blish, Budrys, Cogswell, Forster, Pohl, Schmitz, Sherrod, Shiras, Simak, and Vance. Some of the entries like ¿The Martian Way¿, 'The Midas Plague' and ¿The Witches of Karres¿ remain popular. The choices are solid as none are bad though some handle the test of time better. This reviewer especially enjoyed ¿Earthman Come Home by James Blish having remembered reading it in high school. The key to this anthology and its predecessor are that it is just about all story in this case 526 pages of stories with no padding except for a brief two and half page introduction to explain the voting process. Great look back at some of the pre Nebula Awards age, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two B is a strong enjoyable compilation that validates how entertaining science fiction was especially from 1947-1961.---------------- Harriet Klausner