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Two-Handed Engine: The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore

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Two-Handed Engine is the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy by Henry Kuttner & C.L. Moore ever published. It features a frontispiece by Richard Powers, and an introduction by the book’s editor, David Curtis.
The stories, ranging from across their entire career, include: Shambleau, The Graveyard Rats, Mimsy Were the Borogoves, Vintage Season, Private Eye,
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Hardcover, 914 pages
Published May 2006 by Centipede Press / SFBC (first published July 2005)
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Stephen
4.0 stars. I have not read all the stories in this collection so this review is only for the stories listed below (I will continue to supplement as a read more of them):

"Shambleau" by C. L. Moore - the first published work of C. L. Moore, this story made her an instant star. It begins as a fairly standard story of a "classic SF" rogue adventurer and then slowly changes into something darker and almost "lovecraftian" in tone with a very good and subtle ending.

"The Graveyard Rats" - The first pub
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Yael
May 28, 2009 Yael rated it it was amazing
Two-Handed Engine: The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore is a collection of some of the best of the science-fiction stories written by that incredible husband-wife writing team. Together they were indeed a "two-handed writing engine" which, during the 18 years of their marriage, turned out some of the finest science-fiction of the 20th century, much of it seamless collaborations between the two of them. Though they were incredibly far ahead of their time, sadly today many of thei ...more
Nick
Jan 10, 2011 Nick rated it really liked it
Most of the stories in this collection were written in the 1940s, but they have aged remarkably well for science fiction. Often the most dated bits are the incidental depictions of contemporary life. Did all married couples have cocktails every evening before dinner? It's tempting to speculate about Kuttner and Moore, the husband-and-wife team that collaborated on these stories. Many of these tales share an underlying ambivalence about the future and about technology. No fewer than three of the ...more
Don
Apr 10, 2012 Don rated it really liked it
Always wanted to get to the next story. Very few snoozers, but even those weren't bad.
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Henry Kuttner was, alone and in collaboration with his wife, the great science fiction and fantasy writer C. L. Moore, one of the four or five most important writers of the 1940s, the writer whose work went furthest in its sociological and psychological insight to making science fiction a human as well as technological literature. He was an important influence upon every contemporary and every sci ...more
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