The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever
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The Road to Science Fiction 4: From Here to Forever (The Road to Science Fiction #4)

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Now in Paperback The Road to Science Fiction is a six-volume anthology that covers the development of this genre from its earliest prototypes to the current day. Created originally to provide anthologies for use in classrooms in the late 1970s, these volumes became mass-market sellers. Between an ancient Roman's trip to the moon and the fantastic tales of H.G. Wells lies a...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published July 28th 2003 by Scarecrow Press, Inc. (first published 1982)
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Paul
This is a great anthology - a quick shimmy through (some of) the contents :

Born of Man and Woman · Richard Matheson · who wrote I Am Legend which is a must-read for any horror fan - this one is a from-the-point-of-view-of-the-grisly-monster-in-the-cellar thing, very horripillating.

The First Canticle [from “A Canticle for Leibowitz”] · Walter M. Miller, Jr. - great but RTFN (= read the frighteninglygood novel)

Flowers for Algernon · Daniel Keyes · most anthologised story ever - but this deserves a...more
Chip
This was the last of the original group of books. It is less about history and more about what the editor considers good short stories. Unfortunately many of the stories are not good because they are "New Wave" or "Speculative Fiction". These type of stories should be in poetry books since they rarely have plots and don't have characters most people that read Science Fiction can identify with. "Flowers for Algernon", "Nobody Bothers Gus" and "This Tower of Ashes" are favorite from this book.
Veach Glines
Some of these short stories are fantastic, others so-so, and a couple not my cup o' speculation...but those just don't get read.

Overall - there are six-seven stories which make this entire thing worth reading.
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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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