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Before the Golden Age 1 (Before the Golden Age #1 of 4)

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A Science Fiction Anthology of the 1930s, #1 of 4
* The Man Who Evolved / Edmond Hamilton;
* The Jameson Satellite / Neil R. Jones;
* Submicroscopic / Capt. S.P. Meek;
* Awlo of Ulm / Capt. S.P. Meek;
* Tetrahedra of Space / P. Schuyler Miller;
* The World of the Red Sun / Clifford D. Simak.

Originally 26 stories published in one hardcover volume.
Paperback, 223 pages
Published January 1975 by Futura Publications (first published 1974)
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The cover says that this contains 8 scifi classics, but really only two of them can reasonably lay claim to that status: Hamilton's "The Man Who Evolved," which was very fun indeed, as well as Williamson's "The Moon Era," which, though it started out rather slowly, introduced the wonderful (and quite enthralling) character of the Mother. Captain Meek's stuff was journeyman entertainment, although I remember it being a lot more gripping in olden times; and I have to admit that I laughed out loud ...more
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Jul 08, 2011 Kurt Reichenbaugh rated it really liked it
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My favorite so far is The Man Who Evolved, by Edmund Hamilton. The stories here run a bit too long for me, but they are mostly fun. What kicks this anthology up is the autobiographical perspective that Asimov contributes, telling why each story has been selected and what its impact was on him as a child. The entire anthology is made of stories from the 1930's, and they're certainly dated, and not always in a good way.

Completed Volume 1. Good pulp scifi here. The stories include, an invasion fro
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Feb 06, 2016 Trisha Owens rated it it was amazing
I Loved this book. It was loaned to me by a colleague and I read the stories within (there were 8 different stories contained within) and commentary by Isaac Asimov. I am not a science fiction lover, but all these stories were just incredibly great and I highly recommend this to anyone who enjoys science fiction. It must be pointed out that these stories were written in the 1930's and were incredibly perceptive! Enjoy!
Feb 11, 2016 Barbara rated it really liked it
Interesting perspective of the early stories that influenced his career. Hard to read some of the more dated ones, except as historical examples of attitudes about race, space and sexual mores. Cameron would like SIDEWISE IN TIME by Murray Leinster and DEVOLUTION by Edmond Hamilton.
Feb 08, 2016 Laura rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi
If you ever asked yourself how on Earth did I end up studying Physics, blame it on that summer I spend reading this and listening to Muse non-stop.

A fantastic introduction to early science-fiction, full of naïvité of how humans would colonise or be colonised!
Feb 12, 2009 David rated it really liked it
Although dated, several stories are a LOT of fun. The Venus one still sticks with me, even after putting the book down for over 10 years (ok, I've picked it up from the library)-
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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