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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame by Robert Silverberg
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Jul 13, 11

bookshelves: fiction, sci-fi, short-stories
Read in July, 2011

Classic science fiction stories written between 1929-1964, as voted on by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Not surprisingly, a number of stories (especially earlier ones) are really dated, but some hold up quite well. It's always interesting to see how the cultural values of the time made their way into their visions of the future. It's equally interesting to see that some writers were thinking well beyond the limits of popular norms, or how some norms haven't changed so much today. Some stories are notable for their original ideas that have since been copiously imitated, while others are notable for their original ideas that have NOT been imitated (as far as I can tell, Cordwainer Smith was one of a kind). This is a great place to get a dose of original sci-fi culture, before the stricter demand for "hard" sci-fi permeated the definition of sci-fi. (I love hard sci-fi, but you've got to respect its roots.)
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