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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame 1 (The Science Fiction Hall of Fame #1)

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If you own only one anthology of classic science fiction, it should be The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964. Selected by a vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), these 26 reprints represent the best, most important, and most influential stories and authors in the field. The contributors are a Who's Who of classic SF, wit ...more
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Aug 05, 2010 Werner rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
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Soon after the creation of the Nebula Award in 1965 by the Science Fiction Writers of America, that organization decided to create the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame," a multi-volume anthology to include works published before 1965, which were selected by a poll of the membership as deserving of Nebula Award-class recognition. This first volume contains the short stories chosen (two subsequent volumes recognize the selected novellas). Again, this is a collection I've had on
Finally got a few uninterrupted moments, so let's see if I can write something that makes sense here.

Yes, this is an old book, and some of these short stories show their age, mostly because of what their authors assume culturally. I quickly noticed that in almost every tale, men dominated. Female characters were generally depicted as "the little woman," if they were present at all. Even the wonderful Helen O'Loy was at heart a classic stay-at-home-housewife, whose sole desire was to make her ma
Aug 09, 2016 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have spent the last several weeks reading most of these stories for the 3rd or more-th time and almost every one of them is less powerful or well-written than i remembered. With some anxiety, i downgrade this book from 5 to 4 stars.

"The Roads Must Roll" Robert A. Heinlein: I refuse to reread this ridiculous story. Heinlein never wrote anything better? It's such a preposterous concept that i had to give up a few pages in.

"Nightfall" Isaac Asimov: Do i really need to read 40 pages for that "payo
Apr 24, 2008 Julia rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A solid collection of some of the "Golden Age's" best. A lot of great stories in here for their innovation, foresight, and readability.
SF CONNOISSEURS AND GLUTTONS…here is that rare, perfect blend of gourmet quality with the "all you can eat" quantity of a Vegas buffet. Stuffed within these pages is a 26-course PROSE FEAST serving up the crème de la crèmeiest of SF short stories cooked up between 1929 and 1964. On the litgasm scale, this ensemble clearly reaches multiple territory in the quality department and yet is also substantial enough for you to gorge on for days.

All of the stories were selected by the Science Fiction Wr
Aug 25, 2009 Bruce rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Not as good as I'd anticipated. It contains some real clunkers from my perspective. Amongst the stories new to me, my favorite is "The Weapons Shop" by A.E. van Vogt. I had already read Fredric Brown's "Arena" and Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon" -- both wonderful classics. Asimov's "Nightfall" is maybe just a notch below these two.
Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 16, 2012 Lisa (Harmonybites) rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone With the Slightest Interest in Science Fiction
I've been reading quite a few science fiction books lately, particularly anthologies, and this one stands out as special. It's comprised of the 26 stories voted into the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" as the best in the genre under 15,000 words by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Spanning from 1934 to 1963, these are all stories from before the group established their yearly Nebula Awards and are from the "Golden Age of Science Fiction." I think that gave the voters some perspective, a li ...more
David Holmes
Jul 08, 2010 David Holmes rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Kristin Schreiber
Recommended to David by: Alan Files
Overall, this is an amazing anthology, though some of the stories are definitely better than others:

1. Microcosmic God - Theodore Sturgeon
2. Arena - Fredric Brown
3. First Contact - Murray Leinster
4. Surface Tension - James Blish
5. Twilight - John W. Campbell
6. Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
7. The Little Black Bag - C.M. Kornbluth
8. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
9. It's a GOOD Life - Jerome Bixby
10. The Cold Equations - Tom Godwin
11. The Quest for Saint Aquin - Anthony Bouche
Jun 17, 2010 Yngvild rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame – Volume One is a collection of mainstream American science fiction short stories, chosen because they might have won a Nebula Award if there had been one when they were first published. It is easy to spot prizewinners in retrospect; these are simply the most popular pieces from the mid-third of the twentieth century.

All the old favourites are here: Daniel Keyes’ 1959 Flowers for Algernon, Arthur C Clarke’s 1953 The Nine Billion Names of God, Isaac Asimov’s 1941
Aug 18, 2012 Rasheed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A Martian Odyssey (1934) by Stanley G. Weinbaum 5/5
Twilight (1934) by John W. Campbell, Jr. 5/5
Helen O'Loy (1938) by Lester del Rey 3/5
The Roads Must Roll (1940) by Robert A. Heinlein 5/5
Microcosmic God (1941) by Theodore Sturgeon 5/5
Nightfall (1941) by Isaac Asimov 5/5
The Weapon Shop (1942) by A.E. van Vogt 5/5
Mimsy Were the Borogoves (1943) by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore 5/5
Huddling Place (1944) by Clifford D. Simak 4/5
Arena (1944) by Fredric Brown 5/5
First Contact (1945) by Murray Leinster 4
I recently read the first five stories collected in The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964. While I enjoyed "A Martian Odyssey" by Stanley Weinbaum the most, all of the stories were excellent and many of them demonstrated interesting features. In our class discussion the connections with classical literature was noted for several of the stories starting with the Weinbaum story, for as the title suggests it has aspects that appear to be variations on Homer's Odyssey. The main cha ...more
Twenty six influential stories from the early days of science-fiction are collected in this book. For years, friends of the genre would tell me that this is the one collection I had to find and read. I haunted used book stores for it--and the other volumes in the set. Eventually I broke down and bought the newly published edition, only then to find a full set at my local used book store.

So, yes I have two copies now.

One to keep and one to loan out.

Simply put, this is a great collection of som
Jan 25, 2013 Craig rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is arguably the best anthology of early science fiction short fiction ever published. In the early years short fiction dominated the field rather than novels. Every story here is a classic, and I've read most of them many times. Some, like Asimov's "Nightfall," Brown's "Arena," and "Flowers For Algernon" by Keyes, are still well-known and easily available, but there are many other stories and authors here that should be remembered, too. My personal favorites are the Zelazny, Leinster, and v ...more
This is a good but dated anthology. Heck, even when it was first published, it was out of date; it came out in 1970 and the most recent story in it is from 1964. Admittedly, given its conceit of being an anthology of the greatest SF stories of all time, some lag time between when it came out and how far it goes up to is perhaps inevitable, as one of the tests of all-time greatness is presumably longevity. This claim is vitiated somewhat, though, by the fact that it limits itself to within-genre ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Mar 28, 2013 Michael Burnam-Fink rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sci-fi, 2013
Starting in 1966, the Science Fiction Writers of America began presenting annual Nebula Awards for the best novels and short stories. A few years later, they decided to go back and do a retrospective on the best stories published before '66. This is that collection, and it is damn good. All the greats are represented (Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke... Zelazny), along with stories and authors that have been mostly forgotten. The quality is universally high, and while some of the stories are dated--part ...more
Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
Of all the many science fiction books I swiped from my dad when I was a teen, this was one of the best: 26 classic SF short stories, first published between 1929 and 1964, and written by many of the great SF authors of that age: Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Sturgeon, Zelazny, and so on. The Science Fiction Writers of America group nominated 132 stories and then, in about 1969, voted on their favorites. Robert Silverberg, the editor, wrote a highly interesting foreword regarding the selection proces ...more
It's not hard to pick the best story in a collection that includes "Flowers for Algernon". Other highlights: Blish's "Surface Tension" with the ethereal, impressionistic quality of its setting has held up well; Heinlein pokes holes in a popular image of the future with "The Roads Must Roll"; two straight horror stories, Matheson's "Born of Man and Woman" and Jerome Bixby's "It's A Good Life" (though I prefer the Twilight Zone adaptation), and a melding of sci-fi and horror in Asimov's clever "Ni ...more
Nov 02, 2013 Janice rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
this is somewhat of a mixed bag, and a few of these stories i've read before, but it's fascinating to read some of the stories i've never even heard of, especially those that are less-well-known inspirations for other, later stories, and those that are just emotionally intense. a few i actually detested, so there's that, too, but it's worth it for the rest.
Some great thought-provoking sci-fi, some badly written bores, as always an anthology of mixed quality. The few great stories make it worth it though.
This review is for this abridged edition containing only the first 11 stories of the full volume with the same title. It has huge yellow-orange flowers on a road on the cover. Strange thing, either a budget release or a ripoff.

After noticing the missing stories, i purchased the larger standard edition of this volume, so hopefully i'll read those s
Aug 02, 2014 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Greg Fanoe
This collection consists of the 26 best science fiction short stories of all time (through 1964) as voted on by the Science Fiction Writers of America, with some limitations and adjustments (e.g., one book per author). Since this is a collection of stories by different authors, there's no point providing a general review, so, since I'm in a self-indulgent mood, I'll review each individual story.

Stanley G. Weinbaum - A Martian Odyssey: Per all accounts, this was one of the most influential sci-fi
Joe Santoro
Jun 13, 2014 Joe Santoro rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
1. Martian Odyssey by Stanley Weinbaum - Great start to the book... very fun old-timey space sci-fi, with lots of weird, non-sensical aliens living on the moon. It kinda made me think of the Star Trek: TNG episode when Picard is stuck with an alien that only speaks in metaphors, and they can't figure out each others language, yet get along and help each other anyway. Only if that story was done as a Chuck Jones Looney Tunes Cartoon. Fantastic imagery and a fun little story. I'd definitely be up ...more
David Blyth
Feb 21, 2015 David Blyth is currently reading it  ·  review of another edition
Stories are:
1. A Martian Odyssey (Tweel) - Novelette - Originally appeared in Wonder Stories July 1934 Volume 6 No: 2 - Stanley G. Weinbaum - (8/10)
2. Twilight - Novelette - Originally appeared in Astounding Stories November 1934 Volume 14 No: 3 - John W. Campbell (as by Don A. Stuart)- (9/10)
3. Helen O'Loy - Short Story - Originally published in Astounding Science Fiction December 1938 Volume 22 No: 4 - Lester Del Rey - (9/10)
4. The Roads Must Roll - Novelette - Originally published in Astoundi
Sep 12, 2015 Randal rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People just getting started on scifi
Shelves: sci-fi
I can't give this one score. It is what the community feels is the best of the best, so I can't really argue with the selection. And several of the stories were familiar from my youth (including an old favorite in Arthur C. Clarke's 9 Billion Names of God, which is the story that turned me onto his writing when I was 10 or so). So five stars as a canonical text.
But having read widely in the field, there wasn't anything that jumped out. These and stories like them are the foundation of hundreds,
Oct 11, 2016 Rudy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fiction
Suffice to say that "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" ;)
I don't know why I never thought of this before, but it occurred to me today that nearly all well-known science-fiction novels should be listed on Google Scholar. And indeed they are! It's kind of interesting to see which ones have been cited most. After an hour or so of clicking, here's a preliminary top list:

George Orwell, 1984: 3925
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World: 3472
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1349
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five: 853
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged: 787
James Eckman
Mar 26, 2016 James Eckman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf, fiction
An excellent collection of earlier science fiction works. Some will feel a bit dated, but then some were written in the 30's. I may not have read this particular collection, but I've read all of the stories listed.
Michael O'Donnell
Sep 06, 2016 Michael O'Donnell rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In 1968 the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) polled their members to find the best short story published before the inception of SFWA’s Nebula Awards in 1966. This anthology contains the top fifteen stories from that poll, plus eleven more from the next fifteen, selected by editor Robert Silverberg. Only one story per author was allowed, leading to the twenty-six stories in this volume constituting a veritable who’s who of mid-twentieth century science fiction authors.

Topping the poll w
Libby Faucette Edwards
Really, truly excellent. I plan to get the second volume as soon as I make another Amazon run.

The stories cover a broad spectrum; some of them seem more horror stories than what most think of as science-fiction. The stories are arranged chronologically, offering a great feel for how science-fiction has evolved since the 1920s. The overwhelming, atheistic, "science is my religion" tone of much modern sci-fi was largely absent as well. I was tickled to find stories like Boucher's "The Quest f
Lyndon Hardy
If a friend asks you, "Say, what is all this sci-fi stuff about anyway?", I think this is the book you should recommend to him.
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