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Third from the Sun

4.04  ·  Rating Details ·  134 Ratings  ·  11 Reviews
· Born of Man and Woman · vi F&SF Sum ’50
· Third from the Sun · ss Galaxy Oct ’50
· Lover, When You’re Near Me · nv Galaxy May ’52
· SRL Ad · ss F&SF Apr ’52
· Mad House · nv Fantastic Jan/Feb ’53
· F--- [“The Foodlegger”] · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’52
· Dear Diary · ss Born of Man and Woman, Chamberlain, 1954
· To Fit the Crime · ss Fantastic Nov
Mass Market Paperback, #1294, 180 pages
Published February 1955 by Bantam Books (first published 1954)
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Jan 15, 2016 Kathy rated it it was amazing
BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN - This isn't the first time that I read this short story, and I have to say it doesn't get old. You are left dying to know....what is it? Your heart breaks for it's treatment, and yet wonder's if you possibly wouldn't do the same in those people's shoes? Excellent story! (5 stars)

THIRD FROM THE SUN - I loved this episode of Twilight Zone and it's really cool to finally read the actual story it originated from. Great story and the final punchline...if you didn't know it alre
Jan 17, 2016 Nicholas rated it liked it
Overall the anthology is not an example of Matheson's finest writing but most are enjoyable to read with many of them featuring a writer as the main character, and usually he's not having a very good time. Two of the stories are standouts. (1) Born of Man and Woman: Seemed to me like a Frankenstein sketch from the monster's point of view. Short but effectively creepy thanks to Matheson's uncanny command of economy of words. (2) Third from the Sun: One of the least interesting in the anthology. O ...more
Apr 05, 2010 John rated it it was amazing
An engaging, eclectic collection of short stories. The first two selections, "Born of Woman" and "Third From the Sun," are pretty weak, but that's easily excusable seeing as how they were written at the very beginning of Matheson's career before he hit his stride. The key to what makes Matheson's stories so special is his amazing ability to produce wonderful material using plot lines that even the most talented authors at the top of their game wouldn't have a clue how to make work. And he accomp ...more
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Aug 26, 2015 Alex Bergonzini rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Sin duda alguna Richard Matheson es un maestro con los relatos cortos, en pocas páginas es capaz de plasmar todo un libro entero, haciendo la historia interesante, destila ficción por todos lados, algunas de ellas cómicas otras terroríficas, te hacen reflexionar en la humanidad y en cada uno de sus detalles, haciéndote dudar de tu propia realidad.

La tensión es palpable en cada uno de los cuentos, te sumerges de inmediato y te sientes dentro de la historia bailando con los personajes. Lo interesa
Matteo Pellegrini
Feb 03, 2014 Matteo Pellegrini rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

"Genialissimo inventore di incubi dominati dalla costante comune della paranoia", lo ha definito la nostra recente ENCICLOPEDIA DELLA FS, e nel corso di una carriera narrativa che ormai dura quasi da quarant'anni Richard Matheson non ha mai deluso. In questa sua prima raccolta che ospita tredici piccoli gioielli apparsi in origine fra il 1950 e il 1954, accanto al celebre e agghiacciante racconto dell'esordio (Nato da uomo e donna) e a inediti non meno illustri, figurano alcune famose e ormai in

Barbara Ab
Feb 01, 2015 Barbara Ab rated it really liked it
Questa raccolta di racconti merita proprio. Amo le raccolte perchè puoi leggere un racconto ogni tanto quando vuoi, e non hai l’angoscia di aver perso il filo del racconto. Cinque stelline con lode!!
Non capisco perchè si continua a pensare agli scrittori di fantascienza come figli di un dio minore della letteratura. Matheson è un grande, morto l’anno scorso a luglio, se ne è parlato poco o nulla. Eppure dovrebbe essere più conosciuto perchè oltre che dai suoi libri e racconti famosi tra gli ama
Jun 24, 2013 Jüri rated it it was amazing
Tegu on pehmekaanelise valikuga mehe esikkogust «Born of Man and Woman».
Enamus tekste liigub sel hämaral alal, kus kohtuvad SF&F&H. Praktiliselt kõigil on leidlik idee ja lööv lõpp, kirjanduslik pool veab teinekord pisut alt. Igale jutule maksimumhinnet ei paneks, aga see on just selline jutukogu, kus tervik on suurem, kui selle osad.
Mark Dickson
May 14, 2010 Mark Dickson rated it really liked it
Richard Matheson wrotes some of the very best creepy and psycho-social science fiction from the pulp era. "I am Legend" was a great novel, but his short stories show the depth and breadth of his imagination and story-telling.
Dec 31, 2010 Matt rated it really liked it
My favorite of Kurt Vonnegut's alter egos is Kilgore Trout, the cheeseball sci-fi writer who is accidentally brilliant. Kilgore would have written this book, and I loved it. It is Asimov with a Parmesan sprinkle.
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Dec 27, 2014 Damien Evans rated it liked it
Some good stories, some less entertaining. Worth a look.
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Born in Allendale, New Jersey to Norwegian immigrant parents, Matheson was raised in Brooklyn and graduated from Brooklyn Technical High School in 1943. He then entered the military and spent World War II as an infantry soldier. In 1949 he earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and moved to California in 1951. He married in 1952 and has four children, three of w ...more
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