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American Science Fiction Two [Hardcover]

Gary K Wolfe

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  • Hardcover: 1750 pages
  • Publisher: LIBRARY OF AMERICA; Slp edition (Sept. 25 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1598531573
  • ISBN-13: 978-1598531572
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 13.7 x 8.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 Kg
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #166,668 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Amazon.com: 4.7 out of 5 stars  19 reviews
139 of 142 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Is it too much too ask? Oct. 1 2012
By William Davis - Published on Amazon.com
Is it too much too ask that Amazon list the nine novels in the collection? Here they are:
*Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
*Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
*Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
*Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
*Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
*Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
*James Blish, A Case of Conscience
*Algis Budrys, Who?
*Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
I had to go to the LOA website to find out.
They're great books and I have other Library of America books that are beautifully made so 5 stars

UPDATE: Amazon responded to this comment by changing the listing to show the titles...Thanks Amazon!
30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Splendid set Oct. 1 2012
By Wayne Dynes - Published on Amazon.com
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For too long, science fiction has been banished to the margins of American literature. This splendid set goes a long way to repairing this injustice. The selections are varied and representative, the annotation is helpful, and the printing quality is exceptional. The dust jackets and box are works of art in themselves. Surely this set deserves an award as one of the best publications of 2012. Buy the set: when it arrives it will make your day. It certainly did mine.
42 of 49 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Marvelous edition and great value Sept. 27 2012
By Reader - Published on Amazon.com
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I received this collection today as promised, having ordered it when the first announcement was made some months ago. I have not read the novels again but wish to comment on the presentation. The books are produced to the same standard as other LoA books, with clean typography, high-quality paper and Brillianta cloth binding. The end notes explain the sources of the texts (for example the multiple versions of Alfred Bester's The Stars my Destination, originally published as Tiger, Tiger) and define many names and places that might be unfamiliar. There also is a web site with essays on the novels and other information (loa.org/sciencefiction).

In my opinion the nine novels are all among the best science fiction novels of the 1950s. There are some favorite authors missing, including Kurt Vonnegut, who has his own set of Library of America volumes, and Ray Bradbury, who may someday also have his own volume. But the selections are excellent and the presentation fine.

Plus, to buy the least expensive mass market paperbacks of the nine would cost significantly more than the price of these volumes.
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Richard Powers Box illustration Dec 9 2012
By Doyle Elmo Collins - Published on Amazon.com
It needs to be noted that the illustration on the box that we see illustrated here is by Richard Powers and was originally the cover of the classic 1953 Ballantine Books # 33 CHILDHOOD'S END by Arthur C. Clarke. The painting is among my favorite works of art. It is a little odd to me, therefore, that the Powers 1953 cover was selected to illustrate this anthology of American SF because (1) Clarke was a British author and (2) CHILDHOOD'S END is not part of this set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have set Oct. 26 2012
By Gilbert Huey - Published on Amazon.com
This two volume set has to be one of the coolest things published in 2012. The dustjacket and interior artwork is awesome and is perfectly suited to the content and era. The books and slipcase are very high quality as are all of the Library of America's editions. The nine novels speak for themselves. One can always think of more titles that deserve inclusion but these nine are all undisputed classics and remain extremely entertaining more than half a century later. These novels needed to be printed in modern, durable hardcover editions. The supporting website is fascinating and very educational, especially for readers under forty. I can't recommend this collection enough. Fantastic!
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