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Stainless Steel Visions Hardcover – Mar 4 1993


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  • Hardcover: 254 pages
  • Publisher: Legend paperbacks (March 4 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099260212
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099260219
  • Product Dimensions: 23.1 x 15 x 2.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 431 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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From Publishers Weekly

Harrison's short stories are what pulp science fiction should have been, but almost never was. These 12 tales, drawn from his 40-year career, have all the fast-moving plots, outrageous alien characters and general fun of the genre without the purple prose and pretentious pseudoscience. Some of the stories here are little more than page turners, well written and entertaining but slight. Others, like "The Streets of Ashkelon," "Roommates" (the basis for the movie Soylent Green ) and "Brave Newer World," explore serious issues in thoughtful and original ways. Harrison's concerns about overpopulation and the environment sound surprisingly timely now, considering how long ago some of these pieces were written. Refreshingly, with the exception of a few strident moments in "Brave Newer World," Harrison never becomes preachy or lets the message get in the way of a good yarn. Despite its title, the collection contains only one story about Slippery Jim DiGriz, the Stainless Steel Rat. Readers familiar with Harrison's previous DiGriz novels ( Deathworld , et al.) will find the plot twists rather predictable, but these tales are worth reading nonetheless.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From Library Journal

This collection of 13 tales by the author of Deathworld (Ace: Berkely, 1987) and West of Eden ( LJ 8/84) includes "The Golden Years of the Stainless Steel Rat," as well as 12 other stories that span a 40-year writing career.
Copyright 1993 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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This is a collection of science fiction shorts from Harry Harrison, the creator of The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill The Galactic Hero; 13 of what he considers to be his best. (The rear cover blurb claims 14, but either they can't count, or I can't.)
These are the kind of science fiction short stories that got me interested in the genre, over twenty years ago when I was a kid. Some of them have aged better than others; I find myself shaking my head at some of the stock plots and characters. And some of the ideas that are addressed seem a bit dated, 25 years later. But all of them DO address ideas, ideas that were fascinating to a 14 year old 25 years ago, and would probably be fascinating to one today. Some of them, of course, are fascinating to a 41 year old today.
If you're a fan of old-fashioned science fiction, you'll love this book. If you're not, but are curious about what kind of stories cause those who are to be so, this book is for you. And if you're an inquisitive youngster who HASN'T read a lot of science fiction, this book is perfect for you. But if you've read a lot of classic science fiction, and have gotten a bit jaded, you may find this book a bit too reminiscent of an old copy of Analog magazine.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Classic science-fiction short stories. May 8 2000
By James Yanni - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This is a collection of science fiction shorts from Harry Harrison, the creator of The Stainless Steel Rat and Bill The Galactic Hero; 13 of what he considers to be his best. (The rear cover blurb claims 14, but either they can't count, or I can't.)
These are the kind of science fiction short stories that got me interested in the genre, over twenty years ago when I was a kid. Some of them have aged better than others; I find myself shaking my head at some of the stock plots and characters. And some of the ideas that are addressed seem a bit dated, 25 years later. But all of them DO address ideas, ideas that were fascinating to a 14 year old 25 years ago, and would probably be fascinating to one today. Some of them, of course, are fascinating to a 41 year old today.
If you're a fan of old-fashioned science fiction, you'll love this book. If you're not, but are curious about what kind of stories cause those who are to be so, this book is for you. And if you're an inquisitive youngster who HASN'T read a lot of science fiction, this book is perfect for you. But if you've read a lot of classic science fiction, and have gotten a bit jaded, you may find this book a bit too reminiscent of an old copy of Analog magazine.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Excellent short story science fiction book Nov. 5 2010
By Larry - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
A nice anthology of short storys from "Astounding Science Fiction" and other monthly science fiction periodicals in book form.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
read it Jan. 13 2014
By Lobo - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback Verified Purchase
most storeis are repeats, but a few new ones hidden in the pages, worth the price if you're a fan, shame he died
Another addition to library July 1 2014
By Fic/Scifi Nut - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
this is a future read book, which I added to my library. I'm sure it's got just as much action, drama & suspense as the rest of the books. Still have a few more to find in this series.
great reading for any sci-fy fan Aug. 17 2014
By Jess - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Harry Harrison and the stainless steel rat, what more needs to be said. Worth every penny, great reading for any sci-fy fan.

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