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More Soviet Science Fiction (Soviet Science Fiction #2)

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Published 1962 by Collier
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Benjamin
This book may have been given to me as a joke, but I read it in earnest, which seems the best way to read this book. Reading older science fiction is often an exercise in sympathy, even moreso than when reading older non-sf lit because of the evolution of scientific theories; "well, yes," you have to say, "clearly we don't believe this theory to be an accurate representation of the world now, so this isn't the question we would ask, but at the time, I can see how this would be a serious question ...more
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Nov 20, 2010 Jeff rated it really liked it
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The Introduction by Asimov alone is worth the entire book. In trying to compare Soviet science fiction to American, Asimov proposes a three part time-line to the genre: 1) Science Fiction as Grand Adventure; 2)Science Fiction as a discourse on Technology; 3) Science Fiction as a sociological discourse. He then breaks these thirds into three parts - "gambits" - each (What If stories, If Only stories, and If This Goes On stories) and even shows how some American and Soviet/Russian sci-fi blends di ...more
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Apr 05, 2012 Foxtower rated it really liked it
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Gee... it's been so long I forget, yet I only keep books I think are worth reading again, and there it is!
Luis
Jun 02, 2016 Luis rated it it was ok
Very mixed, and pretty dated. But the last two stories were entertaining.
Celeste
Mar 23, 2010 Celeste rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Fans of dry sci-fi
Kind of a bland collection, but not surprising considering who compiled it. Even the Strugatsky brothers' story was less interesting than others I've found in other collections. Most of the stories were much more concerned about describing the science than telling a good tale. Not that that's really a bad thing, but it gets a little boring. Still wishing someone would publish an English collection of Strugatsky short stories...
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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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