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A Window on the Universe (Oxford Bookworms Collection)

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What does the future hold in store for the human race? Aliens from distant galaxies, telepathic horror, interstellar war, time-warps, the shriek of a rose, collision with an asteroid - the unknown lies around every corner, and the universe is a big place. These nine science-fiction stories offer possibilities that are fantastic, humorous, alarming, but always thought-provo...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 2008 by Oxford University Press, USA

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Dec 22, 2012 Namiko added it
There are nine short stories (not simplified!):

Zero Hour: Ray Bradbury
The Star Ducks: Bill Brown
Human Is: Philip K. Dick
It's a Good Life: Jerome Bixby
The Machine that Won the War: Issac Asimov
Who can replace a Man?: Brain Aldiss
Stitch in Time: John Wydham
The Sound Machine: Roald Dahl
The Hammer of God: Arthur C. Clarke

I enjoyed most of the stories, especially "It's a Good Life," by Jerome Bixby. I first read Roald Dahl's short story. It was not bad. However I didn't follow "The Hammer of God." I...more
I try my best to write spoiler-free reviews so I'll just keep it short.
As a whole I'm a huge sci-fi fan so I was very happy to see Ray Bradbury, Isaac Asimov and Roald Dahl in this. Even though it was more of a homework and we had to focus mostly on vocabulary, I enjoyed most of the stories. Which is good, learning languages using something enjoyable is good. Not all stories were what belongs in the so called "my cup of tea", but it was nice to have something pleasant among all the grammar exerc...more
Tazar Oo
Selection of excellent science fictions. My preference is 'Who can replace a man?" it's cool.
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Jennifer Bassett has been a teacher, teacher trainer, editor, and materials writer, and has taught in England, Greece, Spain, and Portugal. She is the Series Editor of the Oxford Bookworms Library, and has written more than twenty original and retold stories for the series, including The Phantom of the Opera, One-Way Ticket, The President's Murderer, and William Shakespeare. Two of her adaptations...more
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