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50 Short Science Fiction Tales [Paperback]

Isaac Asimov
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Aug. 1 1997
Stories of 300 to 3,000 words from Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, Kornbluth, Leiber, Sturgeon, et al. which have been selected to surprise, shock, and delight.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Some treats from the past. Feb. 2 2000
If you like really short SF stories then you should read this book. It contains a lot of them and they are good. They are also short. The book packs fifty stories plus introductions etc into less than 300 pages.
The collection was first issued in the early sixties and the stories themselves come from the forties and fifties. SF is a rapidly changing medium and, with an average age of half a century, many of these stories now show their age. But that does not really detract from their quality. After all, this collection features the greatest SF talents of the era.
If forced to pick a favourite from the collection, I'd choose "The Available Data on the Worp Reaction" by Lion Miller but there are so many good tales in here that naming one alone is an injustice to the others.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Prose Poetry / Idea sketches / good anthology July 19 2000
The only complaint about this book is that the stories are sometimes so short that the characters cannot be developed. But the themes are excellent. Like poetry, just the skeletal outline of the plot will please you. Three of my favorites (relying on memory, I read this book years ago) were A.C. Clarke's story of the haunted space suit, "Columbus is a dope" by ? (both ironically comical) and the provocative "hunted aliens". I think the excellent "Time Machine and Dinosaur Hunter" story is in here too, but I'm not sure.
Also read Jorge Luis Borges "Labyrinths" (one anthology) for a better treatment of the same theme (short stories with a sci-fi element).
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5.0 out of 5 stars very enjoyable Jan. 18 1999
I normally stay away from edited (multi-authored) short story collections, but after reading several of the stories while standing in the bookstore (yes, some are just ONE page), I had to purchase it. The stories are from the "old school" of sci-fi (rockets and pulp-style settings), but these stories rely more on message than science, so it's not really noticed. Do yourself a favor and grab it. I do have to disagree with Asimov's introduction, however...
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