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"The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack" presents another stellar lineup of classic science fiction, new and old. Here are 25 stories (plus a bonus interview with best-selling author George R.R. Martin) by some of the field's greatest authors. Included are: THE TRUE DARKNESS, by Pamela Sargent PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, by Jay Lake ADJUSTMENT TEAM, by Philip K. Dick ROBOTS DON’T CRY "The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack" presents another stellar lineup of classic science fiction, new and old. Here are 25 stories (plus a bonus interview with best-selling author George R.R. Martin) by some of the field's greatest authors. Included are: THE TRUE DARKNESS, by Pamela Sargent PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, by Jay Lake ADJUSTMENT TEAM, by Philip K. Dick ROBOTS DON’T CRY, by Mike Resnick NO GREAT MAGIC, by Fritz Leiber ESCAPE HATCH, by Brenda W. Clough BACKLASH, by Winston K. Marks THE PICK-UP, by Lawrence Watt-Evans POPULATION IMPLOSION, by Andrew J. Offutt WAY DOWN EAST, by Tim Sullivan THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 28, by Grendel Briarton TO INVADE NEW YORK, by Irwin Lewis THEY WERE THE WIND, by C.J. Henderson STOPOVER, by William Gerken CONSEQUENCES OF STEAM, by Michael Hemmingson OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, by Mark E. Burgess DEAD WORLD, by Jack Douglas NEFERTITI'S TENTH LIFE, by Mary A. Turzillo QUICKSILVER, by Lonni Lees AFTER ALL, by Robert Reginald THE BARBARIANS, by Algis Budrys EX MACHINA, by Cynthia Ward MONKEY ON HIS BACK, by Charles V. De Vet THE SURVIVORS, by Tom Godwin THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 99, by Grendel Briarton SPEAKING WITH GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Interview conducted by Darrell Schweitzer And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!


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"The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack" presents another stellar lineup of classic science fiction, new and old. Here are 25 stories (plus a bonus interview with best-selling author George R.R. Martin) by some of the field's greatest authors. Included are: THE TRUE DARKNESS, by Pamela Sargent PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, by Jay Lake ADJUSTMENT TEAM, by Philip K. Dick ROBOTS DON’T CRY "The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack" presents another stellar lineup of classic science fiction, new and old. Here are 25 stories (plus a bonus interview with best-selling author George R.R. Martin) by some of the field's greatest authors. Included are: THE TRUE DARKNESS, by Pamela Sargent PERMANENT FATAL ERRORS, by Jay Lake ADJUSTMENT TEAM, by Philip K. Dick ROBOTS DON’T CRY, by Mike Resnick NO GREAT MAGIC, by Fritz Leiber ESCAPE HATCH, by Brenda W. Clough BACKLASH, by Winston K. Marks THE PICK-UP, by Lawrence Watt-Evans POPULATION IMPLOSION, by Andrew J. Offutt WAY DOWN EAST, by Tim Sullivan THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 28, by Grendel Briarton TO INVADE NEW YORK, by Irwin Lewis THEY WERE THE WIND, by C.J. Henderson STOPOVER, by William Gerken CONSEQUENCES OF STEAM, by Michael Hemmingson OUTSIDE LOOKING IN, by Mark E. Burgess DEAD WORLD, by Jack Douglas NEFERTITI'S TENTH LIFE, by Mary A. Turzillo QUICKSILVER, by Lonni Lees AFTER ALL, by Robert Reginald THE BARBARIANS, by Algis Budrys EX MACHINA, by Cynthia Ward MONKEY ON HIS BACK, by Charles V. De Vet THE SURVIVORS, by Tom Godwin THROUGH TIME AND SPACE WITH FERDINAND FEGHOOT: 99, by Grendel Briarton SPEAKING WITH GEORGE R.R. MARTIN: Interview conducted by Darrell Schweitzer And don't forget to search this ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more entries in this series, covering classic authors and subjects like mysteries, science fiction, westerns, ghost stories -- and much, much more!

30 review for The Eighth Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Stories

  1. 5 out of 5

    Steve Tetreault

    What it's about: This is a collection of short sci fi pieces from a variety of authors and ages. What I thought: There were some great pieces in here, along with some meh stories. There weren't any that were terrible, but a few felt like they were just the first part of a story, rather than being a complete short story. But I really enjoyed the last, and longest, story in this set, which follows a group of humans who are stranded on a hostile planet by anti-human aliens. It comes off as subtly s What it's about: This is a collection of short sci fi pieces from a variety of authors and ages. What I thought: There were some great pieces in here, along with some meh stories. There weren't any that were terrible, but a few felt like they were just the first part of a story, rather than being a complete short story. But I really enjoyed the last, and longest, story in this set, which follows a group of humans who are stranded on a hostile planet by anti-human aliens. It comes off as subtly sexist in some of its telling, but I found the concept interesting, and the writing mostly very engaging. It also focused on the idea of people putting aside any selfishness and working for the good of the group above all, a message that resonated with me in these somewhat divided days. Why I rated it like I did: See above - the really good bits were balanced out by some so-so pieces.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Gbolahan

    Honestly, this collection was somewhat of a letdown, and I would have given it an easy 1 star if they hadn't included Tom Godwin at the very end. Tom Godwin's story, The Survivors, was simply awesome. The kind of Scifi I read growing up, where it actually contains real hard SCIENCE, as opposed to a future world where the cowboys simply traded 6 shot pistols for laser blasters and the Native Americans traded horses for anti-gravity bikes. Anyways. There were some good stories, not just The Survivor Honestly, this collection was somewhat of a letdown, and I would have given it an easy 1 star if they hadn't included Tom Godwin at the very end. Tom Godwin's story, The Survivors, was simply awesome. The kind of Scifi I read growing up, where it actually contains real hard SCIENCE, as opposed to a future world where the cowboys simply traded 6 shot pistols for laser blasters and the Native Americans traded horses for anti-gravity bikes. Anyways. There were some good stories, not just The Survivors. I'll try list them out. The True Darkness was one I loved for its errieness (is that even a word??). Just the way I would imagine (view spoiler)[time and just EVERYTHING grinding to a slow halt. Not just on planet Earth. Like, EVERYTHING (hide spoiler)] Permanent Fatal errors was boring. Some possibly immortal dude discovers something that, I don't know, seemed important to them all, were they really trying to kill him, I don't know. No Great Magic had a lot of useless words that did absolutely nothing for the story. Apparently some group was fighting another group via (view spoiler)[time travelling murders of historical figures and time travellers pretending to be historical figures and getting murdered (hide spoiler)] , and there was some crazy lady, the narrator, who said she had the top of her head blown off and she is insane and she was absolutely pointless in the story. Oh, she gets drafted into their little war. Escape Hatch was an absolutely lovely story. Too bad it WASN'T Scifi. I don't know how the heck it got put into this book. Backlash started very well. Then just sort of fizzles out. There was some crazy lady also. I think she was crazy. I'm not sure. The Pickup was fair. I initially thought it was supernatural fantasy, but it switched just a little bit to sci-fi, so, we're ll good, lol. Don't really get the Elvis reference though... Population Implosion was an extremely silly and pointless and meandering story. Old people were dying. That's SCIENCE fiction, right? Way Down East was wonderfully sad. Shows how different we are to each other. A solo alien came to earth. Though Time And Space With Ferdinand Feghoot. Absolute crap. There was even 2 of them. They Were The Wind was fairly pointless. Some guy shot a flying alien, some discussions on voluntary evolution... Stopover was just that, a stopover. Some guy had telekinesis in the future. There'd been a war. Consequences Of Steam. How does anyone make time traveling for sex so boring?? Outside Looking In was action, thriller, boring. Dead World and Nefertiti's Tenth Life: I couldn't stop reading em. They ended rather not too well though, but, still, they tried to be entertaining and Scifi-ish. Quicksilver; seriously, who writes this stuff as Scifi. You meet an alien on the moon. Or wasn't that the moon? How do you guys breath? After All was post apocalyptic stuff. Sad. But in the end, you don't really know if the guy was hallucinating throughout. Heck, probably none of the story even happened... The Barbarians: What the heck is sci-fi in this?? Just cause it happened in an alternate earth?? Damn these silly pointless stories! Ex Machina is almost obviously the first chapter of a full novel. Who the heck put it in here??? Monkey On His Back was a fairly great story. Memory wipes, badass killer, what's not to like? The Survivors is what all Scifi should attempt to write in my humble opinion. Putting back the science into Scifi. Evolution. Generational societal response to change and development and time. It was awesome. It had some deux ex machina moments though, but, totally worth it. The Gerns though, did they change? There was a Philip K Dick story. Fair. Robots don't cry was also awesome. The GRRiM interview, 2006, was awesome.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ricky Kimsey

    Great Stories Plus An Interview It says 25 stories on the cover but actually it's 24 and an interview with George R.R.Martin. Still a good selection and I was taken by one story that any cat owner can relate to. Great Stories Plus An Interview It says 25 stories on the cover but actually it's 24 and an interview with George R.R.Martin. Still a good selection and I was taken by one story that any cat owner can relate to.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Earl Truss

    Mediocre stories

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jeff Soyer

    This series has become a staple purchase for me. The Eighth Science-Fiction Megapack is a terrific bargain for just 99-cents. Hours -- and I do mean hours -- of enjoyable reading. I wasn't crazy about the very first one, but following that, these books have presented a very nice, representative mix of the genre. Some stories are older, but most are of recent vintage, culled from various sci-fi magazines and collections of originals. Several stories deserve special mention: The True Dark, by Pamela This series has become a staple purchase for me. The Eighth Science-Fiction Megapack is a terrific bargain for just 99-cents. Hours -- and I do mean hours -- of enjoyable reading. I wasn't crazy about the very first one, but following that, these books have presented a very nice, representative mix of the genre. Some stories are older, but most are of recent vintage, culled from various sci-fi magazines and collections of originals. Several stories deserve special mention: The True Dark, by Pamela Sargent is really a horror story that reminded me of Serling's "The Monsters are Due on Maple Street," but it's way scarier. Robots Don't Cry, by Mike Resnick, is a superb account of a robot that remains loyal to a child long gone. It might seem a bit dusty in the room you're reading it in Way Down East, by Tim Sullivan, is the story of honoring an alien's last wish. A humorous, though melancholy story (there are several in the collection). Consequences of Steam, by Michael Hemmingson, is a time travel story -- always a favorite of mine -- about needing more than one try to 'get it right' in a desire to live in the past. Outside Looking In, by Mark E. Burgess, is an action tale of the old theory that our universe might just be a lab experiment in some other universe. Clever ending. After All, by Robert Reginald, is a weird (but in a good way) post-post-apocalyptic story about a survivor and his unusual friends. Monkey On His Back, by Charles V. De Vet, reminds us that you can't escape your past, especially a mercenary one. There are many other good stories as well, but the best of all and worth the price of admission all by itself, is The Survivors, by Tom Godwin. This is of the surviving on a hostile, alien world type of story, but very well done, and if it takes a thousand years -- revenge is still sweet. Nearly novel length, if you enjoyed the Genellan series by Scott Gier, you'll love this entry. The Eighth Science-Fiction Megapack is a winner!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Carole O'Brien

    So many good short story's in this book, some of my favorites so far are : Adjustment Team by Phillip K. Dick ( which was made into a film and called the "The Adjustment Bureau" ). "Robots Don't Cry" This is a story about a man who is lacking in compassion and a robot who has compassion and cannot express it, this is their journey written by Mike Resnick. Backlash is a story which reminds me of the saying "Buyer Beware" some times when things are easily come by in life, there is a cost to pay an So many good short story's in this book, some of my favorites so far are : Adjustment Team by Phillip K. Dick ( which was made into a film and called the "The Adjustment Bureau" ). "Robots Don't Cry" This is a story about a man who is lacking in compassion and a robot who has compassion and cannot express it, this is their journey written by Mike Resnick. Backlash is a story which reminds me of the saying "Buyer Beware" some times when things are easily come by in life, there is a cost to pay and it can be too high. written by Winston K Marks. The Pick Up is about a vampire hunter who picks up a guy in a bar, lots of twists and turns written by Lawrence Watt-Evans. The Survivors A brilliant book that had me hooked on the first page about 8000 going to a new planet to settle , but they get attacked on the way by a race of aliens who are stronger and who's only wish is to conquer humans, this is a story of how the vanquished survive and how they give birth to a new race of people and their challenges to once again fight to reach the stars and take back what freedom they had. by Tom Goodwin.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pauline Lloyd

    I really like my stories to have a beginning, a middle and an end. The majority of these did not, which is a huge cop out from the authors who dreamt up a good idea, but failed to follow through. Very irritating.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Collin Visser

    Very good value for money.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Hemant Jain

    A diverse collection of nice sci-fi stories. the key is variety here ...

  10. 4 out of 5

    Charles Long

    Good read. High quality writing and imaginative stories. great reading. I recommend to hard science fiction readers everywhere. Have at it, have fun!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Jaimie

    Great pack of short stories. Some of them are extremely quick and leave you wanting more. Some are a little long and drawn out. Overall fun reads.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Txelen

  13. 4 out of 5

    Jim Parks

  14. 5 out of 5

    John Luzier

  15. 4 out of 5

    Ron

  16. 4 out of 5

    Jessica FeministUK

  17. 5 out of 5

    Pete Williams

  18. 5 out of 5

    Albert

  19. 4 out of 5

    Shantanu Marathe

  20. 4 out of 5

    mrs julia lothian

  21. 5 out of 5

    Pranvir17

  22. 4 out of 5

    Damian Martinez

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bill Matthews

  24. 5 out of 5

    Aniruddha

  25. 4 out of 5

    Marie Pierce

  26. 5 out of 5

    DaddyEvil

  27. 4 out of 5

    Bruce Macfarlane

  28. 4 out of 5

    Andrew Brooks

  29. 5 out of 5

    Alethea Martin

  30. 5 out of 5

    Felix Marwick

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