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The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum

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A Martian Odyssey (1934)
Valley of Dreams (1934)
The Adaptive Ultimate (1935)
Parasite Planet (1935)
Pygmalion's Spectacles (1935)
Shifting Seas (1937)
The Worlds of If (1935)
The Mad Moon (1935)
Redemption Cairn (1936)
The Ideal (1935)
The Lotus Eaters (1935)
Proteus Island (1936)
Mass Market Paperback, 306 pages
Published December 12th 1978 by Ballantine Books (first published January 1st 1974)
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Nandakishore Varma

Stanley G. Weinbaum, according to Isaac Asimov, existed before the "Golden Age" of science fiction (which according to him was before the path-breaking editor John W. Campbell appeared on the scene). In those "dark ages", science fiction was mostly composed of the stories of the "space opera" style: adventure stories of the type H. Rider Haggard produced, only they were transplanted to Mars and Venus instead of Africa. Indeed, it is maybe no coincidence that Edgar Rice Burroughs created both Tar
Tim Mayer
Jan 21, 2012 Tim Mayer rated it it was amazing
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Stanley G Weinbaum was a brilliant flame who flashed brightly across the night sky of golden age science fiction. Starting in July of 1934 he published one of the most influential science fiction short stories in history, “A Martian Odyssey”. He would publish many more short stories in pulp magazines, more than most aspiring. Eighteen months later he would be dead of lung cancer. What might have been….

The Best of Stanley G Weinbaum is a collection of his short fiction which appeared in 1974. You
Mar 30, 2012 Todd rated it it was amazing
"A Martian Odyssey" is still, to date, the best portrayal of a true alien. In all other attempts we see some diminutive form of human being. Not so here.

Stanley G. Weinbaum was a rising star in science fiction in the 1930s until his life was cut short by stomach cancer.

Don't deny yourself the privilege of reading his words and do allow the sands of time to slip back so that you will read his stories without incredulity. If you do, you will be well-rewarded.
Aug 31, 2013 James rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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One of my favorite SF writers of all time now. Weinbaum had a singular imagination when it came to alien worlds, and especially alien beings. The stories in this volume are very memorable. And though written for 1930s pulps, these stories don't seem very dated except in a few details. Highly recommend!
May 26, 2015 Lorelei rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, short-stories
It is truly amazing that science fiction stories written so long ago have lost nothing despite so much that wasn't known, or was since disproven.
Aug 18, 2013 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Weinbaum was probably the first and certainly the most influential writer in the pre-Campbell era to write good, modern, character-driven science fiction. His Martian, Tweel, remains one of the best truly alien characters ever created. This volume, with an Isaac Asimov introduction and an afterward from Robert Bloch, collects the best of his works.
Mar 17, 2016 T. rated it really liked it
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Aug 19, 2015 Tlingit rated it liked it
Whenever I read an author as old as this one I allow for more patience than I would for modern day authors. The stories within this book are early science fiction gems. I had to allow for male misogyny as many early writers wrote their female characters for their males, not as characters of their own. Some stories would read as space drama because of this if they were independent novels. What rescues these stories are the concepts of the planets and their inhabitants, I feel. I feel that these s ...more
Mark Hodder
A collection of stunning short stories written in the 30's but ahead of their time in their depiction of bizarre alien life forms.
Mar 09, 2016 Chris rated it really liked it
Sci-Fi stories from the mid 30s. Critically, they don't have much of interest to say about the human condition and while they are far from the worst in the portrayal of women, the stories were written for young men, and the women, once introduced, follow a very predictable path to love and marriage.

On to the gushing. Weinbaum was an incredibly smooth writer. Unlike so much old sci-fi, these stories just flow. And the aliens and environments he imagines are top-shelf work. Imaginative and well co
Howard Kistler
Feb 25, 2015 Howard Kistler rated it it was amazing
An outstanding collection of early science fiction stories which combine imagination and adventure in a way seldom equaled in the genre again. Some of the most memorable aliens and worlds in science fiction, and wonderful yarns that beg to be read again and again.
Jun 05, 2015 John rated it it was amazing
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1981 grade A

Short stories
Sep 10, 2014 Lenin rated it really liked it
bad lucky Dixon!
Nov 13, 2011 Debra marked it as to-read
Stephen King favorably mentioned author for science-fiction stories written in post-war WWII in Chapter one of King's 1983 Berkeley paperback edition of Danse Macabre.
Smith Nickerson
May 11, 2011 Smith Nickerson rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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An excellent example of hard science fiction. If you love the genre, this is a must.

De Jan
4 to 5 stars!
Star plus because of two masterpieces, and it`s written in 1930`s!
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Full name: Stanley Grauman Weinbaum

"In his short career, Stanley G. Weinbaum revolutionized science fiction. We are still exploring the themes he gave us." - Poul Anderson

"Stanley G. Weinbaum's name deserves to rank with those of Wells and Heinlein - and no more than a handful of others - as among the great shapers of modern science fiction." - Frederik Pohl
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