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The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the Finest in Soviet Science Fiction

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Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 27th 1978 by Penguin Books (first published 1970)
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Tim Williams
Jan 22, 2012 Tim Williams rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Soviet SF - it is a unique and special sub genre. Mirra Ginsburg seems to have translated as much of it as anyone could be expected to and does a very good job. I have read a couple texts translated by Ginsburg abd others so that I can speak by experience - I prefer Ginsburg's every time.

This book is a collection of short stories. Not all of them will change your life but most will make you think. All are good in their own right and a good way to sample a wide variety of authors. For some
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Michael Tildsley
Jun 13, 2014 Michael Tildsley rated it it was ok
I wanted this short story collection to be better than it was. Up front, I am willing to admit I'd probably have much more enjoyed the stories in their native Russian, rather than these translations. Some of this was pretty thick trekking.

That said, I did find a few 5 star stories in the set worth reading in any language:

"Icarus and Daedalus," by Henrik Altov

"Erem," by Gleb Anfilov

"Invasion," by Roman Podolny

"One Less," by Igor Rosokhovatsky
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Mirra Ginsburg (1909-2000) was a Jewish Russian-American translator of Russian literature, collector of folk tales and children's writer.

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