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Requiem (1940) by Robert A. Heinlein
Forgetfulness (1937) by John W. Campbell, Jr.
Nerves (1942) by Lester del Rey
The Sands of Time (1937) by P. Schuyler Miller
The Proud Robot (1943) by Henry Kuttner
Seeds of the Dusk (1938) by Raymond Z. Gallun
Black Destroyer (1939) by A. E. van Vogt
Symbiotica (1943) by Eric Frank Russell
Heavy Planet (1939) by Milton A. Rothman
Time Locker (1
Hardcover, 997 pages
Published June 1957 by Modern Library/Random House Inc. (NY) (first published 1946)
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Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Then shall we list to no shallow gossip of Magellans and Drakes. Then shall we give ear to voyagers who have circumnavigated the Ecliptic; who have rounded the Polar Star as Cape Horn.

This is a quote from the book. Or more accurately, a quote from inside the book, written in pencil on a lined notecard, by me, when, where, by what circumstances I know not. The question is, dear reader, do you know the source? It's from a book by an author of some fame ...

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Mar 20, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
Note, May 27, 2014: I just edited this review (from July 2010) to correct a misspelled word.

Originally published in 1946, this thick anthology was the first major venture by a mainstream U.S. publisher in the SF field, and as such a significant contributor to the post-war popularization of the genre with general readers outside of what had been, up to that time, a small ghetto of fans served by a handful of pulp magazines. (The new popular interest in and respectability of the genre was largely
Aidan Nancarrow
If I can steal a phrase from Mark Twain, the Golden Age of SF was more Gilded than Golden.

It had ambition, it lacked guidance. It had inspiration, it lacked verve. It dreamed, but it dreamed in tunnel-vision.

Adventure's in Time and Space proposes to be '33 of the Greatest Stories, Novelettes & Short Novels by the Best SF Writers of All Time!"

That's a tall order and no surprise the volume falls short.

It doesn't help that the whole thing begins with a essay by the editors equal in pretension t
Contains the following 1943 Retro Hugo finalists for various short fiction categories:

“Nerves” by Lester del Rey (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942) Read 4/13-18/2018; This story had good characterization, but the medical and atomic sciences didn't stand the test of time well. Liked it (3.5 stars)

“Asylum” by A.E. van Vogt (Astounding Science Fiction, May 1942)

“The Twonky” by C.L. Moore and Henry Kuttner (Astounding Science Fiction, September 1942) - Read 4/9/2018; Similar in subject
Dec 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Horror Fans
Recommended to Still by: wanted to read this for years

Just finished the novella by John Campbell, "Who Goes There?" - an intense and harrowing read. Damned scary even if the dialogue is clumsy.

This novella is available on Kindle (which I've just purchased) for $3.03 which includes an introduction by William Nolan and an original screen treatment.
Don't know if I'm interested in reading any of the rest of this massive tome.
Rating is for the Campbell novella only.
Nov 10, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“Adventures in Time and Space” edited by Raymond J. Healy and J. Francis McComas is one of the best collections of science fiction short stories, novellas, and novelettes ever published. Originally released in August of 1946 as collection of 35 works from what are now considered the legends of science fiction. It was tied for 4th on the Arkham Survey in 1949 and the top rated book on the Astounding/Analog polls in 1952 and 1956. In 1966, 20 years after it was published, it was still rated as the ...more
Jan 07, 2008 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sf, anthologies
I don't think this was the very first SF anthologoy published in the USA -- I believe there was a Pocket paperback original a couple of years earlier, and Groff Conklin's 'The Best of Science Fiction' came out the same year (1946) -- but it remains the best-known and best-loved early example. It's easy to see why; 1000 pages of extremely well-chosen stories from the early years of the "Golden Age", 1937-1945, by virtually every big-name American writer in the field. It's all from the magazines, ...more
Jul 30, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was one of the first hardcover editions of science fiction short stories, and so it's a good idea for anyone interested in beginning to read the genre who wants to know how the American strain of pulp science fiction got started, in the magazines of the 30's. Sure, the stuff written in the 60's and onwards is, for the most part, better literature, but there is something in the best of these old stories, call it an earnest sense-of-wonder if you like, or a genuine faith in human intellect, o ...more
Michael O'Donnell
First published in 1946, this anthology contains 33 stories and 2 fact articles, mainly taken from the pulp magazines of the 1930s and early 1940s. The majority of the content is from Astounding Science Fiction, with one story from Amazing Stories and one from Planet Stories, plus ‘Brain’ by S. Fowler Wright from his 1932 single author collection ‘The New Gods Lead’. The two fact articles are ‘V-2 — Rocket Cargo Ship’ by Willy Ley, looking at the history of the Nazi rocket program, and ‘Time-Tra ...more
Jul 31, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Here's the deal. There was a hardcover book by this title published, and then the hardcover was broken into two volumes for paperback publication, one of the same title, which I have, and then "More Adventures in Time and Space," which I don't have.

However, in looking at the contents of the hardcover, I've read most of the stories in it in other formats so I've read somewhat over half of this book. But I only own the first paperback.

Good stuff though. This is a collection that deserves it's good
Erik Graff
Sep 10, 2009 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: sf fans & literary historians
Recommended to Erik by: no one
Shelves: sf
I recall the title of virtually every one of these stories not so much because I read them here, but because they're famous and have been read in anthology after anthology.
Sean Adams
Dec 24, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I first got a hold of this book when I was 11. Many of these stories were formative in the development of my thinking, in particular 'He Who Shrank' which helped my understanding of the true nature of the infinite multiverse.
Nicholas Bobbitt
Dec 22, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is what I really want in a collection of SF.
Nov 13, 2014 rated it really liked it
I will remember this book fondly for the rest of my life, because we shared it with Veronica at ages 11 and 12. We read this as bedtime stories between November of '14 and July of '15. We did take a break in December for a Christmas book.

Jack Vance must have read "Seeds of the Dusk," as it rings like a Vance Dying Earth story, and it must have influenced him.

"Farewell to the Master" is the basis for the film "Day the Earth Stood Still." I had not encountered the story before.

"Who Goes There?" is
Dale Houstman
Jun 03, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is the first science fiction anthology I can remember reading, when I was a young teen, plowing my way through the SF shelves of the local library, quite in awe of the genre's wide spectrum of subjects, and the pure joy of imagination coupled with science. I still own a very nice if somewhat worn hardcover edition of it, and still dive into it from time to time to refresh my acquaintance with its grand selection of rather well-known classics of the field. The story that originally grabbed m ...more
Paul Barone
Dec 05, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book is one of the best for "golden age" fans One of the earliest sci-fi anthologies. Includes "Farewell to the Master," the inspiration for "The Day the Earth Stood Still" as well as the seminal "Forgetfulness" by Don A. Stuart (nom de plume of famous editor John D. MacDonald), as well as his "Who Goes There?" (inspiration for the films "The Thing (From Outer Space)," Asimov's "Nightfall," Bester's "Adam and No Eve," Van Vogt's "The Weapon Shop," (prequel to his famous novel of the same na ...more
Jul 31, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a science fiction anthology at the heart of a sci-fi class I took a few years ago in the American Studies department at University of Maryland, and it seems to have gone out of print. I was planning to use it for one of my own classes for its unique historical placement: this is, in short, the pioneering anthology of science fiction back from the era of World War II when writers like Asimov and Heinlein were beginning to shape the genre. Many of the stories--like the vision of roads that ...more
Feb 26, 2011 rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fiandfantasy
An excellent collection of science fiction stories from the 1940s. There are some really good stories and some mediocre ones in the collection. You can tell which authors went on to become famous science fiction writers and which ones did not. I believe the story that inspired the original The Day the Earth Stood Still is in this collection. The character names and situations are just too similar to be coincidental. It is a collection from the 1940s, so there is a film noir quality about the cha ...more
Ken Bickley
Jul 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book, first published in 1946, contains 8 premium science fiction stories by grand masters. (The edition pictured is a 1954 paperback re-print by Pennant Books.) All are reprinted from "Astounding Stories" and date from the late 1930s to early 1940s. My copy, unfortunately, is falling apart from age, but it's available at some on-line dealers. I recommend it to all sci-fi fans, of any generation. The final story, "Farewell to the Master", by Harry Bates, my have suggested the classic movie ...more
Jul 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Arguably the best anthology of science fiction ever published; the best of golden-age sf almost surely. Almost all of the stories have been reprinted over and over again, and almost all of the authors are remembered as being important and influential forces in the field. I've re-read many of the contents multiple times and hope to have the time to pull down my tattered volume several more times!
Karen the Comic Seller
Sep 05, 2009 rated it really liked it
The stories date from the '30's & 40's, - some are good, others are great yarns, some make you think, just how far have we come? Or have we? An excellent collection of stories, varying in length, tone, humor, serious, philosophical -
Among my favorites were Lewis Ladgett's "The Proud Robot" & "Time Locker" (stories with a weird twist); L. Sprague de Camp's "The Blue Giraffe" (the price of gene-splicing? or a really good yarn?) & A.E.Vogt's "The Weapons Shop" (definitely NOT what you
Kevin Michel
One of the most important collections from the golden age of science fiction. includes resonably meaningful and insightful commentary on each story providing much historical and literary context. One of my constant go back to anthologies. I especially like 'Requiem", "The Roads Must Roll", "Nerves", and "Adam and No Eve". For anyone serious about knowing and reading contemporary Science Fiction, This is a must own.
Mar 08, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2013
Imaginative and relevant, even 70+ years later. Shows that good sci-fi is not bound to unimaginable (to the reader) applications of technology, and is made timeless by exploring ideas that go much deeper than mere technology.
Brad Waller
Jun 14, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This may have been the very first Sci-Fi book I bought and I still have it. 1975 edition.
My version is from Dec. 1979, with a different cover
Aug 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing

One of the oldest and one of the best collections. I have the 1975 version. This book got me interested in science fiction and I have never regretted it. Highly recommended.
Mark Dickson
Aug 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: partially-read
My oldest sci-fi anthology of stories and one of my favorites.
Michael Tildsley
Aug 10, 2011 rated it it was ok
This was just average to me. "Time Locker" by Lewis Padgett is the only really memorable story for me. I love the liberties taken with the linear nature of time.
Nov 19, 2007 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: scifi
All the classics. Start here if you are not familiar with the masters of scifi.
May 18, 2014 rated it really liked it
must read for science fiction lovers :)
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Raymond John Healy (1907-1969) was a pioneering American anthologist who edited four science fiction anthologies from 1946 to 1955, two with J. Francis McComas. The first, Adventures in Time and Space (1946, with McComas as coeditor) is generally recognized as the finest early anthology from the Golden Age of Science Fiction.