Omnibus of Science Fiction Paperback – Jun 1980
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Some very thought provoking and well-written, some forgettable (or a little, um, outdated), but still fun the read. Everything from Lovecraft's amazing "The Color Out Of Space" to a forgettable "Counter Charm" by Peter Philips.
There's a story about excessive hair growth, one on killer bees, a horror type on a doorbell, a very good "Recruiting Station" by Van Vogt... involves some time travel... Bradbury's "Kaleidoscope"... basically 560 pages of old sf to keep you busy... I enjoyed it.
Two of these stories have been nominated for Retro Hugos: "What You Need" by Lewis Padgett was nominated in 1996 for the Retro Hugo for Short Stories written in 1945, while "A Subway Named Mobius" by A. J. Deutsch was nominated in 2001 for the Retro Hugo for Short Stories written in 1950. In addition "The Colour Out Of Space" by H. P. Lovecraft is included, which tied for 12th on the Astounding/Analog All-Time Poll in 1971 for stories written before 1940, and tied for 26th on the Locus All-Time Poll for Novelettes in 1999.
Other noteworthy stories include Jack London's "The Scarlet Plague", and end of civilization story, André Maurois' "The War Against The Moon", Ann Griffith's "Zeritsky's Law, and many others. While this collection is not as strong as the previous ones, it is still a very good collection of stories. This is definitely worth picking up if you have the chance and enjoy early science fiction.
I certainly hope a new publisher decides to reissue some of Conklin's collections. It has been too long since we were able to enjoy stories by Kris Neville and Ross Rocklynne.