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Forbidden Planets

3.62  ·  Rating Details ·  42 Ratings  ·  4 Reviews
A collection of science fiction novellas picked by famed editor Marvin Kaye for the Science Fiction Book Club. They are "Mid-Death" by Alan Dean Foster, "Walking Star" by Allen M. Steele, "JQ211F, and Holding" by Nancy Kress, "Rococo" by Robert Reed, "Kaminsky at War" by Jack McDevitt, and "No Place Like Home" by Julie E. Czerneda.
Hardcover, 322 pages
Published May 2006 by Science Fiction Book Club (first published January 2006)
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Apr 24, 2010 Robert rated it really liked it
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I bought this book specifically for the Alan Dean Foster story which leads off the anthology. Mid-Death is an excellent addition to the saga of Midworld (written about in Foster's Midworld and Mid-Flinx novels). There is more of Foster's devious and deadly plantlife wreaking havoc on a small party of humans; none of the themes are unique, but it is still fun to see Foster play things out yet again.

Allen M. Steele's Walking Star is also good, although his writing and approach seemed to me to be s
Oct 11, 2016 Jim rated it liked it
Published in 2006, this is a collection of stories by SF authors Alan Dean Foster, Allen Steele, Nancy Kress, Robert Reed, Jack McDevitt, and Jule E. Czerneda. The theme concerns going to planets which are dangerous. My favorite story is the one by Kress: "In JQ211F, And Holding," about a scientist finding a perfectly horrible planet which may prove to be the source of all life in the Universe. Thought-provoking -- and what added to the interest is the involvement of a Christian with her own re ...more
Sep 14, 2015 StarMan rated it liked it
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Nice cover art on dust jacket. An above-average collection of 6 sci-fi novellas, around 50 pages each) with the common theme of planetside explorations. Plenty of danger and death. I give it 3.5 stars, but I'm probably a harsh rater.
May 25, 2008 Craig rated it liked it
This is a pretty good book club collection of six original novellas. I especially enjoyed the Allen Steele story, and the one by Alan Dean Foster. There's also a very rich offering from Nancy Kress.
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MARVIN KAYE is the author of sixteen novels, including his Dickensian pastiche, The Last Christmas of Ebenezer Scrooge, now optioned to be made into a feature film, and his just-completed sequel to Frankenstein, as well as the terrifying Fantastique and Ghosts of Night and Morning; the SF cult classics, The Incredible Umbrella and (coauthored with Parke Godwin) The Masters of Solitude, and the cri ...more
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