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

3.9  ·  Rating Details ·  201 Ratings  ·  24 Reviews
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 10, 2010 Rasheed rated it it was amazing  ·  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
This gets 3 stars. There was only one story I didn't care for at all, and three that were actually pretty interesting. The rest were just . . . passable? Ultimately, as a collection of SF from that time period, it doesn't pick the best the time had to offer.
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.
Jul 03, 2011 Josh rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boy, the past really *is* a foreign country.
Apr 14, 2008 Brett rated it really liked it
Anthology,Science Fiction
Nov 19, 2007 Bobo rated it it was amazing
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.
Guy Haley
Feb 01, 2016 Guy Haley rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There’s a lot to love about Mammoth Books, mostly because they’re great collections of short-form fiction at a reasonable price. Great reads all round, the only thing not to love about them is the brand’s need to include “The Mammoth Book of…” in every title, which makes some of them somewhat unwieldy…

This Mammoth Book has a particularly unwieldy title. But it is also particularly interesting. It’s a reprint of a 1989 collection that brought together 10 stories SF anthologists Isaac Asimov, Mart
Almustafa Couch
Jun 23, 2017 Almustafa Couch rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Quite a fine exploration of the science-fiction genre. Dealing with issues such as anthropomorphism and free market capitalisms many faults, this book shows examples of the genres mainly successful attempt's to cover such important issues, giving guidance and caution when dealing with such things. The Asimov story is a member of the "Foundation"series, it is useful to have read that series before tackling this book.
Feb 17, 2017 Carl rated it liked it
A decent collection of classic science fiction short stories taken from the 1940s. Many of them cannot be found published anywhere, and for good reason: most of the stories were mediocre. That being said, "E for Effort" and "No Woman Born" were both intriguing stories that introduced cool technology and colorful characters. I feel like "E for Effort" would be a great movie. If I had to recommend one story in this collection, it would be this one. Overall, a fun distraction.
Jul 28, 2016 R. rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 05
Ross Rocklynne: "Time Wants A Skeleton" (1941) • novella 2/5
A. E. van Vogt: "The Weapons Shop" • (1942) • novelette 3.5/5
Lester del Rey: "Nerves" (1942) • novella 2/5
Fredric Brown: "Daymare" (1943) • novelette 1.5/5
Theodore Sturgeon: "Killdozer!" (1944) • novella 3/5
C. L. Moore: "No Woman Born" (1944) • novelette 2.5/5
Isaac Asimov: "The Big and the Little" (1944) • novelette 2/5
A. Bertram Chandler: "Giant Killer" (1945) • novella 3/5
T. L. Sherred: "E for Effort" (1947) • novelette 3/5
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Feb 11, 2015 Deepa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Jun 16, 2013 Data rated it liked it
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.
Mar 18, 2009 Stephen rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
Sep 01, 2010 Amy added it
Shelves: scifi, own
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.
May 26, 2011 Jason rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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.
Apr 02, 2015 Alan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: adult-fiction, sci-fi
Evil robots, skeletons, killer bulldozers, android vaudeville dancers, distant civilisations, spaceships and more abound in this fun collection of 1940s sci-fi stories.
Katherine Jensen
Jun 04, 2012 Katherine Jensen marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 92
7/3/92. No library.
My two favorite stories from this were "Nerves" and "E for Effort".
Feb 11, 2013 Patrick rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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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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