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Of All Possible Worlds

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A unique imagination illuminates all William Tenn's work. In this remarkable collection of his short stories, he ranges from the hilarious to the serious, demonstrating vividly his gift for making any dimension of reality as real and immediate as your own street. There are four or five amazing hours of reading for you in this book.


Mass Market Paperback, #55, 159 pages
Published 1955 by Ballantine
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Jan 13, 2016 Karin rated it really liked it
Before starting Of All Possible Worlds I had never heard of William Tenn (it turns out he's only written a couple of novels, but wrote a lot of short stories), and yet, reading the introduction, I was struck by how eloquent Tenn was. His defense of science fiction, published in 1955, still rings true (especially if you've ever talked to one of those literary fiction readers who sees no value in escapist fiction). The introduction, on its own, is a worthy essay (and I hope it is included in his ...more
Sep 23, 2016 Thom rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a decent collection of short stories by William Tenn, and has been added to the "Classics of Science Fiction" list by Harris and Bernado. I found it on the list of "Defining Science Fiction books of the 1950s", where I am reading one book per year as part of a challenge.

Going to try something new to review this anthology of 7 stories - title and brief likes or dislikes.
"Down Among the Dead Men" - liked the setup, loved the resolution.
"Me, Myself and I" - loved the time travel and the end
Nov 10, 2013 Andrewcharles420 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf12
A surprisingly lighthearted and thoughtful collection of stories! The first and the last I particularly liked:

- Team building with your zombie kamikaze bomber squad.
- Using a stooge to test your time-travel machine.
- A history of the destructive 'liberations' of earth (again and again).
- Love potion works too well.
- A future music historian is sent back in time but cannot effectively communicate because all his terms sound like nonsense.
- An odd business rents the non-existent 13th floor of an
Mar 22, 2013 Qhlueme rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
One of my favorite Tenn stories is "The Liberation of Earth" and my favorite passage is:

"Educated in the Troxxtian language, that is.
True it was that a large number found themselves utterly inadequate for the task which the Troxxt had set them, and temporarily became servants to the more successful students. And another, albeit smaller, group developed various forms of frustration hysteria—ranging from mild unhappiness to complete catatonic depression—over the difficulties presented by a languag
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William Tenn is the pseudonym of Philip Klass. He was born in London on May 9, 1920, and immigrated to the United States with his parents before his second birthday and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After serving in the United States Army as a combat engineer in Europe, he held a job as a technical editor with an Air Force radar and radio laboratory and was employed by Bell Labs.

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