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An invaluable contribution to the serious study of science fiction as well as a highly entertaining collection, Science Fiction contains 27 chronologically-arranged stories and excerpts, ranging from such early classic works as Swift's Gulliver's Travels and Shelley's Frankenstein to recent stories such as Harlan Ellison's "I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream" and Ursula K. ...more
Paperback, 544 pages
Published April 1st 1983 by Oxford University Press, USA
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Werner
May 01, 2009 Werner rated it liked it
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
Though I listed this book as "read" since 1999, there were a few stories I'd skipped, and which I just read this past week. I still did not read the numerous novel excerpts (see below)! My rating, of course, is an overall ranking for the anthology as a whole; some stories would get five stars, and some certainly less than three.

Editor Rabkin (English, Univ. of Michigan) is a well-known, longstanding advocate for the academic study of science fiction; this anthology may well have been intended to
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Laurence Burke
Aug 16, 2012 Laurence Burke rated it liked it
The editor, Eric Rabkin, has collected a variety of short stories and excerpts from longer tales for this book. In the preface, he states that "This anthology is intended to make available a full spectrum of science fiction materials and to place them in both a literary and a cultural context." Thus, this is not a collection of "greatest" stories, but rather a selection of representative stories from different time periods. As Rabkin is a Professor of English at the University of Michigan, it se ...more
Bryan
Mar 28, 2011 Bryan rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites, sci-fi, fantasy
By far, the best collection on the market before the millennials appeared on the shelves. If you are looking for a good starter reader begin here and then move into either Bradbury, Heinlein, or Asimov next. They are all in the anthology with good core pieces to read. This was the core text of my SciFi lit class at Marshall. Really opened me view up beyond the 1990s pulp SciFi that I had been reading.
Jon Sayer
Aug 30, 2011 Jon Sayer rated it liked it
Shelves: scifi, apocalyptic
I Have No Mouth and I Must Scream (finished 3/8/2011): I bought this anthology so I could read this short story. It was worth it.
Paradoxhorizon
Jan 19, 2011 Paradoxhorizon rated it liked it
Solid collection of stories with good introductions to each era by the editor.
Jessica Walters
Robert A. Heinlein’s “All You Zombies” is the best ;)
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