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A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume One

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Contents: Re-Birth by John Wyndham (novel). The Shape of Things That Came by Richard Deming. Pillar of Fire by Ray Bradbury. Waldo by Robert A. Heinlein. The Father-Thing by Philip K. Dick. The Children's Hour by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. Gomez by C. M. Kornbluth. The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff by Theodore Sturgeon. Sandra by George P. Elliott. Beyond Space and Time by Jo Contents: Re-Birth by John Wyndham (novel). The Shape of Things That Came by Richard Deming. Pillar of Fire by Ray Bradbury. Waldo by Robert A. Heinlein. The Father-Thing by Philip K. Dick. The Children's Hour by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. Gomez by C. M. Kornbluth. The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff by Theodore Sturgeon. Sandra by George P. Elliott. Beyond Space and Time by Joel Townsley Rogers. The Martian Crown Jewels by Poul Anderson. The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt (novel).


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Contents: Re-Birth by John Wyndham (novel). The Shape of Things That Came by Richard Deming. Pillar of Fire by Ray Bradbury. Waldo by Robert A. Heinlein. The Father-Thing by Philip K. Dick. The Children's Hour by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. Gomez by C. M. Kornbluth. The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff by Theodore Sturgeon. Sandra by George P. Elliott. Beyond Space and Time by Jo Contents: Re-Birth by John Wyndham (novel). The Shape of Things That Came by Richard Deming. Pillar of Fire by Ray Bradbury. Waldo by Robert A. Heinlein. The Father-Thing by Philip K. Dick. The Children's Hour by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore. Gomez by C. M. Kornbluth. The [Widget], The [Wadget], and Boff by Theodore Sturgeon. Sandra by George P. Elliott. Beyond Space and Time by Joel Townsley Rogers. The Martian Crown Jewels by Poul Anderson. The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt (novel).

30 review for A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume One

  1. 5 out of 5

    Annie

    Oh, man!!! I am soooo excited that I found this here. I have searched everywhere for this compilation!! I got a coverless copy of this book a long time ago and have read and reread it. I just love it, but I had no idea who had compiled it or if there were any others. I have searched everywhere and never turned up anything. And guess what?!?! There is another one that goes along with it!!! YAY!!! I am so excited! Thank you Good Reads! You ROCK!!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Steven

    I found this book on the side of the road while traveling through Connecticut and I am so glad I saved it. This is one of my favorite collections of science fiction works and it just saddens me the second volume wasn't with it. I read a lot of sci-fi and this is definitely a must read for anyone that enjoys the genre, I can't say enough about it. I found this book on the side of the road while traveling through Connecticut and I am so glad I saved it. This is one of my favorite collections of science fiction works and it just saddens me the second volume wasn't with it. I read a lot of sci-fi and this is definitely a must read for anyone that enjoys the genre, I can't say enough about it.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Christopher Chiesa

    I had the good fortune to find this pair of books as soon as I could read -- in my case, around age 3 - on the shelves in my very own bedroom which had been my parents' before I was born. So I have been able to enjoy these books for over fifty years now. I can clearly remember being horrified by "The Father-Thing" and enthralled by "The Stars My Destination," right from the start. It took me a while to be able to appreciate some of the other stories, as there was a lot of subtext, context, and s I had the good fortune to find this pair of books as soon as I could read -- in my case, around age 3 - on the shelves in my very own bedroom which had been my parents' before I was born. So I have been able to enjoy these books for over fifty years now. I can clearly remember being horrified by "The Father-Thing" and enthralled by "The Stars My Destination," right from the start. It took me a while to be able to appreciate some of the other stories, as there was a lot of subtext, context, and such, in most "grown-up" books, that escaped me in those early years, and which slowly got filled in by repeated rereadings over the years. It's fascinating to be able to look back on that process and actually remember it. I will be rereading these again soon, as I just recently ran into them while unpacking books from a household move.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Al Sirois

    Highly entertaining, with several stories this widely read sf fan hasn't encountered -- including one by C.M. Kornbluth, "Gomez." (Which, oddly enough, I didn't really care for, for all that it is well-written; I generally enjoy Kornbluth's short fiction very much, but this one didn't grab me.) All in all, this is an excellent anthology of 40s and 50s sf. Anyone interested in the history of the genre could do far worse than to seek out and read this book. The creepiest tale is probably Phil Dick Highly entertaining, with several stories this widely read sf fan hasn't encountered -- including one by C.M. Kornbluth, "Gomez." (Which, oddly enough, I didn't really care for, for all that it is well-written; I generally enjoy Kornbluth's short fiction very much, but this one didn't grab me.) All in all, this is an excellent anthology of 40s and 50s sf. Anyone interested in the history of the genre could do far worse than to seek out and read this book. The creepiest tale is probably Phil Dick's "The Father Thing."

  5. 4 out of 5

    Genevieve

    Some great stories in here, though always keeping mind that they're "of their time" (expect casual sexism and a LOT of smoking), both in content and in writing style (the narration always had. a distant quality to it that I found slightly jarring). It was interesting to read some now-classic writers, in a collection put together at a time when they were contemporary. Some great stories in here, though always keeping mind that they're "of their time" (expect casual sexism and a LOT of smoking), both in content and in writing style (the narration always had. a distant quality to it that I found slightly jarring). It was interesting to read some now-classic writers, in a collection put together at a time when they were contemporary.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Valentyn Danylchuk

    Carefully picked rarely published sci-fi stories from the 50s. Most were new, and some were brilliant. Theodore Sturgeon stands out again. I think I should try reading his 13-volume complete stories anthology.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Daniel Suhajda

    I really enjoyed the Weapon Shops of Isher. Have to read more of that series

  8. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

    Fifty years later, the stories still are with me.

  9. 5 out of 5

    David Wingert

    “A Treasury of Great Science Fiction Volume 1” was published in 1959 and many of the stories stand the test of time. I encourage you to read it.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marsha Valance

    One of my favorite sf anthologies--2 novels and 11 short stories. A Science Fiction Book Club selection.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Jaishree

    A must read for all fans of science fiction. Fantastic collection. Waldo by Robert A. Heinlein and The Weapon Shops of Isher by A. E. van Vogt were outstanding.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is one of the great old sf collections; it has classics from Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Theodore Sturgeon... there's not a bad story in the lot. The inclusion of two full-length classic novels made it unique, THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHER by A.E. Van Vogt and RE-BIRTH by John Wyndham. There's the bottom half of a launching rocket on the spine which matches up with the top half on volume two; I always thought that was a great touch. This is one of the great old sf collections; it has classics from Ray Bradbury, Robert A. Heinlein, Poul Anderson, Theodore Sturgeon... there's not a bad story in the lot. The inclusion of two full-length classic novels made it unique, THE WEAPON SHOPS OF ISHER by A.E. Van Vogt and RE-BIRTH by John Wyndham. There's the bottom half of a launching rocket on the spine which matches up with the top half on volume two; I always thought that was a great touch.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    Volume 1 of a 2 volume set. Nicely edited by Antony Boucher--he has collected a nice set of works. Some of my favorites here: Richard Deming, "The Shape of Things to Come," Robert Heinlein, "Waldo," A. E. Van Vogt (a hidden pleasure), "The Weapon Shops of Isher." I read this many years ago, and revisiting the stories is pretty cool! Volume 1 of a 2 volume set. Nicely edited by Antony Boucher--he has collected a nice set of works. Some of my favorites here: Richard Deming, "The Shape of Things to Come," Robert Heinlein, "Waldo," A. E. Van Vogt (a hidden pleasure), "The Weapon Shops of Isher." I read this many years ago, and revisiting the stories is pretty cool!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Michael Norwitz

    Collection of classic sci-fi from the 50s. A lot of interesting stuff here though those sensitive to gender issues will find the views expressed almost universally antiquated. I'm surprised PKD's "The Father-Thing" has never been made into a movie. Collection of classic sci-fi from the 50s. A lot of interesting stuff here though those sensitive to gender issues will find the views expressed almost universally antiquated. I'm surprised PKD's "The Father-Thing" has never been made into a movie.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Cws

    SF-Bou

  16. 4 out of 5

    Scott Holmes

    From when I first truly became aware of Science Fiction. Classic stories that are a must for anyone interested in this genre.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Crazy fun to read!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Kolya Matteo

    All good stories! Except "Beyond Space and Time" by J.T. Rogers. That one's crap. All good stories! Except "Beyond Space and Time" by J.T. Rogers. That one's crap.

  19. 4 out of 5

    SaraKat

    My favorite story was "The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff". My favorite story was "The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff".

  20. 5 out of 5

    Melissa

    these 2 volumes made a big impression on me as a young adolescent

  21. 4 out of 5

    Jerry Cornelius

  22. 4 out of 5

    Logan

  23. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth

    I read the two volumes of this classic anthology several times as a boy. What a great collection from one of SF's greatest editors! I remember with particular fondness A. E. van Vogt's "The Weapon Shops of Isher," Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination," and "Re-Birth" by John Wyndham, the story that lent the line "life is change, that's how it differs from the rocks" to a certain little ditty by Paul Kantner. Oh, and I mustn't forget to mention "The Father-Thing," which is probably the very I read the two volumes of this classic anthology several times as a boy. What a great collection from one of SF's greatest editors! I remember with particular fondness A. E. van Vogt's "The Weapon Shops of Isher," Alfred Bester's "The Stars My Destination," and "Re-Birth" by John Wyndham, the story that lent the line "life is change, that's how it differs from the rocks" to a certain little ditty by Paul Kantner. Oh, and I mustn't forget to mention "The Father-Thing," which is probably the very first thing I ever read by my number one favorite sci-fi writer of all time, Philip K. Dick. If you never read any other science fiction in your life, you could do a lot worse than to limit yourself to this treasure-trove of wonders.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Shekhar

  25. 4 out of 5

    Diane S Betteridge

  26. 4 out of 5

    Malachi J

  27. 5 out of 5

    David

  28. 4 out of 5

    Mark Schomburg

  29. 4 out of 5

    Roy

  30. 4 out of 5

    Shana

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