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The First Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales

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Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short): UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor
CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany
EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds
ONE-SHOT, by James Blish
ZEN, by Jerome Bixby
ebook, 490 pages
Published March 26th 2013 by Wildside Press
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Edward Swalwell
I enjoyed many of the earlier stories - which struck the right balance between solid sci-fi, and the more philosophical thought-experiment-ish sci-fi. The second story being by far the longest in the book (and, whilst very interesting, not the best by quite a margin) was a little off-putting, but I'd definitely recommend persevering (or skipping...) through that one.

Some particular favourites were:

Unknown Things: A rather interesting horror tale, with very limited sci-fi elements (rather odd in
An interesting collection of early science-fiction short stories. As a single "megapack," it's noteworthy in that it shows the stylistic limitations of early authors, while still reflecting the ingenuity they brought to the table. Contains Samuel R. Delany's "Captives of the Flame," which is worth the admission ticket alone.

Got it for $0.99 as an Amazon Kindle book. I would have paid more, but not very much more.
Some ok stories, some didn't age so well; the first story (which was quite good) I'd already read in another collection. I skipped the second story, which is a novelette and just didn't grab me enough to persevere.
Struggled a bit with this one. It didn't help that the second 'short story' was actually 12 rather inconsistent chapters long.

I only really enjoyed reading 5-6 of the stories from the entire book, of which the ones I recall were about a cow ('Riya's Foundling' by Algis Budrys), someone who believes there are aliens masquerading as humans ('Dead Ringer by Lester del Rey) and the mystery of dead crew on a distant planet ('The Judas Valley' by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett).

Consisted of a selection of classic SF novella and novelettes, and a very long story by Samuel Delany (one of 25 or so stories, but more than 25% of the whole book) placed very early on as if to test the resolve and patience of the reader. Some stories were good, some bad. Should appeal to fans of SF who would like to take a break from the modern cyberpunk and high-tech SF and hark back to the classics of the 50s and 60s from the past masters.
Had to check this ebook out from the library multiple times in order to finish it. Loved the multiple story lines and points of view.
Glinda Harrison
I really enjoyed this. Some stories were great; some were a bit dated. This was classic 1950s sci-fi like I read as a child.
Decided to set this aside for now -- just not in the mood to read that many "classic" SF stories.
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