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Worlds of Wonder Hardcover – Nov 10 1988

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Gollancz (Nov. 10 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0575043555
  • ISBN-13: 978-0575043558
  • Product Dimensions: 20 x 13.8 x 3.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 522 g
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A terrific book on many levels Aug. 2 2009
By K. Bunker - Published on
Format: Hardcover
Three cheers to the internet and Amazon for making priceless out-of-print books like this one so easily available.

In Worlds of Wonder, the multi-Hugo and multi-Nebula award winner Robert Silverberg presents a book that's part autobiography of his early years as a developing writer, part literary criticism, part guide to other beginning writers, and part anthology.

Thirteen stories are included, each by a different author, ranging in date from 1944 to 1966. Silverberg selected these stories both for their value as lasting classics of the SF genre, and for the influence they had on him as a young writer. In a brief essay that follows each story, Silverberg explains why he considers it among the best that SF has produced, analyzes what makes it "work" as a story, and often, how the story influenced him when he first read it. Fascinating tidbits about the genesis of the story, its reception at the time of its publication, and its influence on the SF field in general are also sometimes included.

Any devoted reader of SF short stories will be familiar with some, if not all of the stories here. But the book works on several levels: As a fine collection of classics, as a work of SF criticism and analysis that will give readers new insights into some well-known stories, and as a partial autobiography of the early career of one of SF's greatest authors, revealing much about the man, his thoughts about SF writing and the circle of writers he moved among.

A list of the stories:
"Four in One"; Damon Knight, 1953
"Fondly Fahrenheit"; Alfred Bester, 1954
"No Woman Born"; C.L. Moore, 1944
"Home is the Hunter"; Henry Kuttner, 1953
"The Monsters"; Robert Sheckley, 1953
"Common Time"; James Blish, 1953
"Scanners Live in Vain"; Cordwainer Smith, 1950
"Hothouse"; Brian W. Aldiss, 1960
"The New Prime"; Jack Vance, 1951
"Colony"; Philip K. Dick, 1953
"The Little Black Bag"; C.M. Kornbluth, 1950
"Light of Other Days"; Bob Shaw, 1966
"Day Million"; Frederick Pohl, 1966
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Truly original Science Fiction. April 19 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Format: Hardcover
I borrowed this book from the library, and now I have to have it. Not only do the ideas behind the stories capture my imagination, but the actual writing is wonderful. I'm interested in the craft of writing fiction, science fiction in particular. The critic's look that Robert Silverberg gives with each short story really made me think about what I was reading. This is a must-have if you are even remotely interested in the writing of science fiction.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Can't recommend this enough Jan. 7 2014
By C. L. - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Silverberg has collected some excellent short stories here, and his commentary is remarkably insightful. I understand this book has been reprinted as "Science Fiction 101: Exploring the Craft of Science Fiction"
Fantastic tips for aspiring sci-fi writers Jan. 6 2015
By Rohini Last - Published on
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The author has compiled, here, several sci-fi short stories he considers exceptional, and provides detailed commentary at the end of each story, on what makes each one noteworthy. By explaining in these commentaries what parts of the story work, why so, and sometimes, what might be improved in each short story, he includes many tips I find extremely helpful, as an aspiring science fiction writer. The book itself arrived sooner than expected, very well-packaged, and in great condition.