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The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum

4.22 of 5 stars 4.22  ·  rating details  ·  105 ratings  ·  14 reviews
Contents:
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
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Tim Mayer
Jan 21, 2012 Tim Mayer rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommended to Tim by: timothymayer
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
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Todd
"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.
Lorelei
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.
James
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!
Craig
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.
Tlingit
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
Howard Kistler
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.
John
Jun 05, 2015 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
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1981 grade A

Short stories
Lenin
bad lucky Dixon!
Debra
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
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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