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My Favorite Science Fiction Story

3.65 of 5 stars 3.65  ·  rating details  ·  40 ratings  ·  5 reviews
A truly unique volume, seminal science fiction stories by some of the genre's all-time greats, specifically chosen by many of the top names in science fiction today as the stories which influenced their own careers. Included are new pieces written especially for this volume explaining each author's choice of story and how it influenced his or her work.
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Paperback, 386 pages
Published October 1st 2005 by iBooks (first published March 1st 1999)
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You know an anthology is really good when you're interested in chasing down all the authors involved.

But let me back up a step; this is a collection of stories that were chosen by science fiction writers as their favorite. With the specific goal of producing a collection of stories that were captivating, inspiring, and haunting...and it worked.

A bonus for me was the fact that I've never read many of the authors, but I'd be surprised if I were to research the stories and not find evidence of them...more
I don't really remember there being a bad storiy in here, though the first one, by Theodore Sturgeon, had a kind of annoying narrative voice. Everything in here was creative, well written, and unpredictable. I never really liked science fiction until kind of recently, so all these cool ideas are still kind of new to me. And this book, just like almost every other book I've ever read, is better than anything by Haruki Murakami.
Feb 08, 2011 Laura rated it 3 of 5 stars
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Being a collection, this obviously had many different stories - some of which I liked and some of which I didn't. The first handful of stories in particular seemed to be more about technique than substance. But it was very interesting to see which stories famous SF authors had picked as their favorites. And it was nice that they included a paragraph describing why. Kudos on a good gimmick.
Lots of wonderful midcentury SF, including the original short-story form of "Nerves," by Lester Del Rey, which is a memorable reading experience.
Creative, entertaining book that could be used for teaching Common Core Standard RL 8.2.
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.
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