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Science Fiction: ClassicStories of the Golden Age of Science Fiction (Asimov's 'The Mammoth Book Of...' series)

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These fantastic tales are as fresh and relevant today as they were when they first appeared in the 1940s, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. Theodore Sturgeon’s “Killdozer!” details the liberation of a mutant energy force with intelligence and a will to destroy. “With Folded Hands,” by Jack Williamson, unfolds a terrifying vision of the future where humanoid mechanisms sec ...more
Hardcover, 480 pages
Published April 1st 2004 by Galahad (first published January 1st 1984)
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Jul 28, 2012 Rasheed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of Classic Science Fiction
Time Wants A Skeleton (1941) by Ross Rocklynne 5/5
The Weapon Shop (1942) by A.E. van Vogt 5/5
Nerves (1942) by Lester del Rey 5/5
Daymare (1943) by Fredric Brown 5/5
Killdozer! (1944) by Theodore Sturgeon 4.5/5
No Woman Born (1944) by C.L. Moore 4/5
The Big and the Little (1944) by Asimov 5/5
Giant Killer (1945) by A. Bertram Chandler 4.5/5
E for Effort (1947) by T.L. Sherred 5/5
With Folded Hands (1947) by Jack Williamson 4.5/5
Introduction: The Age of Campbell by Asimov 5/5
A fantastic mixed bag selection of 1940s Sci-Fi. I particularly enjoyed the opener "Time Wants a Skeleton" and the final story "With Folded Hands". It's amazing the insight into the culture of the 1940s that comes from reading stories like these.
The newest short story here is from 1947. This is a good introduction into American short science fiction from 1920 to 1947. Only two of the stories were in anthologies I've read before.
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wow wow wow! deeply satisfying mind blowing amazing stories. love love love sci fi of this age. end of war, atom bomb, space travel(?) or at least the anticipation of it made for most delicious sci-fi ever. i enjoyed each n every one of them. some of then have familiar themes, but these must be the original no? what a fun read! :) its over.. no worries i have a stock pile os asimovs n arthur clarks.
Evil robots, skeletons, killer bulldozers, android vaudeville dancers, distant civilisations, spaceships and more abound in this fun collection of 1940s sci-fi stories.
This time reading this anthology, I struggled with some of these stories - no wonder I didn't fit in when I was growing up with some of the assumptions made in these stories! I wish I could have ever contemplated being the stay-at-home wife.

Any way, there are still quite a number of powerful ideas and writers represented here. Read and learn.
Sometimes the whiff of mold from classics is overwhelming. Still, if you're looking for a sample of the old pulps, here is a collection to whet your appetite. Warning: File this on your shelf alongside other curios.
I like reading old sci fi. I'm not sure why. So much of it has not worked out, but it's an interesting study in writing. Before anybody knew about personal computers or such.
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If I can get past the one-dimensional (that dimension being the BOOB dimension) females in hot little space outfits, I might actually like this book.
Lucreţiu Calotă
Nice stories, some of them dated but still interesting for historical value. It is quite shocking how women were considered only 70 years ago, even in SF.
You can definitely feel the age in some of these stories, but a pretty good collection overall. The latter few stories were the best of the bunch.
My two favorite stories from this were "Nerves" and "E for Effort".
Boy, the past really *is* a foreign country.
Katherine Jensen
Jan 13, 2014 Katherine Jensen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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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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