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The World Treasury of Science Fiction by David G. Hartwell
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Apr 23, 2012

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An exhaustive (and exhausting) survey of world science fiction, this book was a very uneven read. Some stories fascinated, some bewildered (and not in a good way), and the rest fell somewhere in between. A lot of recognizable names were included, but the stories selected were not always among their best known. And there were a lot of authors that this reader was completely unfamiliar with. One stand out in the bunch was an Italian, Italo Colvino. The editor included two of his stories, one of which, The Spiral, is one of the most beautifully written pieces of literature that I can remember reading. I hope to find that more of his work has been published and is available. I found some of the pieces to be quite dated. What was gee-whiz possible in the mid 20th century has become ho-hum passe in the early 21st. But even so, as survey, one could have done worse.

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