The Day the Earth Stood Still & Other Classic SF Novellas
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The Day the Earth Stood Still & Other Classic SF Novellas

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Were the alien and his robot here to help or hinder humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. Here is a must-read for any science fiction lover, for, as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story's

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Published 2005 by Renaissance E-Books/PageTurner
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The Day The Earth Stood Still by Harry Bates

Very often, this felt like a comedy, for I laughed at the ridiculous aspects of an old, even dated? – science fiction story. But before I continue with a superior, arrogant tone, I should remember that I have no worthwhile story under my belt, and this is the story which inspired a classic science fiction film. Indeed, so much appreciated that it saw a remake, with Keanu Reeves in the lead role.
The premise of the story is rather interesting and believa...more
Apr 19, 2010 Bryan rated it 2 of 5 stars
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I never realized that Harry Bates was the founding editor of Astounding (later brought to fame by John W. Campbell, Jr). I did know that the famous SF movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still" was based on his story, "Farewell to the Master", so thought this would be an interesting collection.

There are three novellas here, and frankly, only one of them is decent, that being "Farewell to the Master". It's aged, but is still quite readable, and still a worthy classic of the genre. It's quite a bit dif...more
This collection contains three pieces of short fiction by Harry Bates. Depending on your outlook and attention span, they're either longish "short stories" or shortish "novellas."

The title story, "The Day The Earth Stood Still" bears just about zero kinship with the films of the same name, so don't come looking for anything like that. The story is simple, understated, and powerful, leaving most of the hard introspection to be done by the reader instead of being laid out in blueprint form by the...more
Saw the trailer for the new movie and got curious. I love the short story, Farewell to the Master, which is what the movies were based on - VERY loosely, I must say. Like so many short stories that get turned into movies, a simple, elegant tale is turned into an action flick full of political strife and explosions. (Well, there was at least one explosion in the story too.) But the message of the short story is so entirely different from either movie. The moral figures in the movies are us, as th...more
Just imagine being locked in a room in the Smithsonian with a robot which is frozen during the day - and makes its move at nights?

After seeing the awful movie re-tread, and going through my memories of the original film which fired up my childhood imagination through science fiction, I enjoyed listening to the original novella and other works by Harry Bates. Definitely 50's Sense 'o Wonder science fiction but great.
The Day the Earth Stood Still; Klaatu is described as beautiful serene and godlike, but other than that the only similarity to the film was Gnut the wonder-robot. This is a really little novella... really just the introduction to a story, but is well written and absorbing. I was just getting really into it when it finished! Boo! Enjoyed the story.

J.J. Grant
The book is OK, but the only story that held my interest was the title story. Even then Bates spent way too much time leading up to Gnut's surprising disclosure.

I'm sorry to say that Hollywood did a better job telling the story on this one.

"Gort, Klaatu barada nikto!"
loved it as well the movie!!!
Left me wanting much more.
Anthony Murphy
So far, so good!
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