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Breaking Point

3.35  ·  Rating Details ·  23 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Contents:

Introduction (essay)
Breaking Point (novelette
A Monster Named Smith
Cinderella Story
Teddy Bear
The Man Who Owned Tomorrow
Green Thumb
The Power and the Glory
The Listeners (novelette)
Translations (essay)
Unknown Binding, 182 pages
Published December 1st 1972 by Walker (first published 1972)
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Debbie Zapata
Jun 22, 2016 Debbie Zapata rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Yesterday I read a Gunn short story titled The Gravity Business, which was published in 1956. I was not too impressed by it, but I wanted to give the author another try. I found one other of his titles at Project Gutenberg: Breaking Point, which was first published in the March 1953 issue of Space Science Fiction magazine.

The approach in the first few paragraphs was the same as the other story. Gunn introduces his cast of characters one after the other, with short descriptions of each person. In
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tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
Jun 04, 2015 tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - June 3, 2015

I spent 4 wks reviewing the Larry Austin and Douglas Kahn edited Source - Music of the Avant-Garde, 1966-1973 ( "Re: Source": https://www.goodreads.com/story/show/... ) & while I was reviewing it & working & otherwise busy I read 5 other bks that went unreviewed at the time I finished them. This was one of them. I finished reading it a mnth ago.

This is a short story collection. I often say I avoid rea
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Bryan
Jul 12, 2014 Bryan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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One of the most suspenseful stories of dread psychological horror in a spaceship that I've ever read. And very well written. I highly recommend this! It owes as much to Poe as it does to Bradbury.

It's a quick read - might qualify as a novelette. A nice treat - get yourself some Gunn too!

Now excuse me... I have to check if I'm really paranoid or if they are actually out to get me. (Seems the story has had an effect on me....)


Michele
Jul 11, 2014 Michele rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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How did I miss James Gunn until now? How?? I can't imagine, but it's a gap I plan to rectify as rapidly as possible.

This is a terrific collection of stories that merge "hard" SF (spaceships, aliens) with intellectual puzzles and ethical conundrums. My favorite is the one where you start out loathing the creepy alien who's hitchhiked back to Earth, only to eventually realize that the monster might not be what you thought it was. Good stuff all around.
Neil
Jun 14, 2016 Neil rated it really liked it
Breaking Point is a fascinating and slightly quaint look at a first contact situation. A team of space travelers go to a distant planet to retrieve the Survey box. They don't handle things very well...
Chris
Jul 08, 2009 Chris rated it it was ok
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Not particularly well aged -- the psychology is trite and the physics is cartoon-simple, but there isn't much left.
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American science fiction author, editor, scholar, and anthologist. His work from the 1960s and 70s is considered his most significant fiction, and his Road to Science Fiction collections are considered his most important scholarly books. He won a Hugo Award for a non-fiction book in 1983 for Isaac Asimov: The Foundations of Science Fiction. He was named the 2007 Damon Knight Memorial Grand Master ...more
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