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First Contacts: The Essential Murray Leinster

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A collection of the trend-setting stories of "the Dean of Science Fiction" which opened and explored such topics as first contact with aliens, the Internet, transfers among parallel universes, and many more. This collection contains two stories not previously published, and it contains an introduction by Hal Clement, with cover art by Hannibal King.
Hardcover, 464 pages
Published September 1st 1998 by Nesfa Pr
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4.0 stars. I have only read the title short story, "First Contact." A great story about the problems (and solutions) encountered when a deep space mission from Earth makes "first contact" with an alien species.
Feb 08, 2009 Dave rated it really liked it
Murray Leinster was the pseudonym used by William Fitzgerald Jenkins (June 16, 1896 – June 8, 1975), though some he did publish some of these stories under his real name. One of the greats from the early days of Science Fiction, his name is not as recognizable as Heinlein, Asimov, or several others, but that is a mistake of history, more than an accurate level of achievement. Perhaps it is due to his being significantly older than those writers, and the fact that some of his earlier stories pre- ...more
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Apr 09, 2012 Riju Ganguly rated it it was amazing
This is a stellar collection of stories that deserve repeat readings. Many of us like to look at the works of the so-called "golden age of science-fiction" and then shake our heads at the dated nature of science, lack of characterisation, political 'incorrectness' etc. etc. But these stories are not like that. They are tight & taut, action-packed and yet laced with humour at times. Above all: they are visionary (I really couldn't exhaust the number of Hollywood biggies that have been made on ...more
Jul 30, 2011 Jason rated it it was amazing
The ultimate Leinster collection. Here you got lots of his short stories, even the one "Sideways in time" that an award is named for. Author Harry Turtledove owes lots to this man for gaining several of these awards. Also has the highly regarded short "First Contacts" where man meets alien for the first time and wonder who should kill the other first.
Dec 06, 2014 Sarah rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of the best books I've read in ages. Totally unexpected.
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William Fitzgerald Jenkins

Murray Leinster was a nom de plume of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories and articles, 14 movie scripts, and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays.

An author whose career spanned the first six decades of the 20th Century. Fr
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