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The Best of Murray Leinster (US)

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· Introduction: The Dean of Science Fiction by John J. Pierce
· Sidewise in Time · na Astounding Jun ’34
· Proxima Centauri · na Astounding Mar ’35
· The Fourth-Dimensional Demonstrator · ss Astounding Dec ’35
· First Contact · nv Astounding May ’45
· The Ethical Equations · ss Astounding Jun ’45
· Pipeline to Pluto · ss Astounding Aug ’45
· The Power · ss Astoundi
Mass Market Paperback, 368 pages
Published March 12th 1978 by Del Rey
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Apr 11, 2014 Alex rated it it was ok
Shelves: gave-up-on
I tried my best but Murray Leinster didn’t really light me up. I keep trying, but I am not hooked. Part of the blame may lie with multiple collection in existence with different contents containing what is purported to be the “Best.” My scattered notes follow:

Leinster presents a wry sense of humor in his writing. "A relay clicked with a curiously smug, self-satisfied note." Lines like this could be thought to influence writers like Douglas Adams.

I have also encountered in "The Fourth-Dimensional
Jonathan Farley
Some fascinating short stories from the pulp-scifi era. I particularly enjoyed "A Logic Named Joe", which, written in 1947, was an uncanny prediction of the internet... Desktop PC/Media Units were called 'Logics' and Servers were called 'Tanks', but in every other respect, the story was spot on with its prediction of the censorship issues we have today.
Kristine Muslim
Jun 26, 2011 Kristine Muslim rated it liked it
Wonky technology and good-old sf. Nostalgic at best. Contains the Leinster classic "Sidewise in Time."
Jul 07, 2016 Mkfs rated it liked it
Much has been made of the short story in this collection, "A Logic Named Joe", predicting the Internet as we know it. And, well, of course it doesn't.

The short story is about a set-top box (a cable box, possibly managing Internet-of-things devices like thermostats, but still not out of the ordinary for early sci-fi where the most pressing problems to which technology could be applied seem to be cooking meals and pressing a light switch) that, through a manufacturing glitch, starts pestering use
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Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

An author whose career spanned the first six decades of the 20th Century. Fr
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