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If you own only one anthology of classic science fiction, it should be The Science Fiction Hall of Fame: Volume One, 1929-1964. Selected by a vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), these 26 reprints represent the best, most important, and most influential stories and authors in the field. The contributors are a Who's Who of classic SF, wit ...more
Paperback, 560 pages
Published February 1st 2005 by Orb Books (first published January 1st 1970)
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Manny
Oct 16, 2015 rated it really liked it
I don't know why I never thought of this before, but it occurred to me today that nearly all well-known science-fiction novels should be listed on Google Scholar. And indeed they are! It's kind of interesting to see which ones have been cited most. After an hour or so of clicking, here's a preliminary top list:

George Orwell, 1984: 3925
Aldous Huxley, Brave New World: 3472
Douglas Adams, The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, 1349
Kurt Vonnegut, Slaughterhouse Five: 853
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged: 787
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Tadiana ✩Night Owl☽
$2.99 Kindle sale, Sept. 10, 2019. An amazing collection of classic SF tales! Of all the very many science fiction books I swiped from my dad when I was a teen, this anthology was one of the best: 26 classic SF short stories, first published between 1929 and 1964, and written by many of the great SF authors of that age: Asimov, Heinlein, Clarke, Sturgeon, Zelazny, and so on. In about 1969, the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA) group nominated 132 stories from the pre-Nebula award era and ...more
Stephen
SF CONNOISSEURS AND GLUTTONS…here is that rare, perfect blend of gourmet quality with the "all you can eat" quantity of a Vegas buffet. Stuffed within these pages is a 26-course PROSE FEAST serving up the crème de la crèmeiest of SF short stories cooked up between 1929 and 1964. On the litgasm scale, this ensemble clearly reaches multiple territory in the quality department and yet is also substantial enough for you to gorge on for days.

All of the stories were selected by the Science Fiction Wr
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Paul Bryant
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
If you've read much sf at all when you pick up a collection like this you'll already have read about half, but that's okay.

What wasn't okay was the dawning realisation ... hmmm, isn't it odd that the ones I'm reading now are all the really frankly ridiculous ones and all the stories I read way back when were the great mindblowing ones.

This made me think that old sf maybe doesn't travel through time well, and like old music, it now has surface noise and poor attitudes.

Take "The Weapon Shop" by A
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Michael
Twenty six influential stories from the early days of science-fiction are collected in this book. For years, friends of the genre would tell me that this is the one collection I had to find and read. I haunted used book stores for it--and the other volumes in the set. Eventually I broke down and bought the newly published edition, only then to find a full set at my local used book store.

So, yes I have two copies now.

One to keep and one to loan out.

Simply put, this is a great collection of som
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Werner
Feb 22, 2008 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans
(Revised, Aug. 5, 2010

Soon after the creation of the Nebula Award in 1965 by the Science Fiction Writers of America, that organization decided to create the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame," a multi-volume anthology to include works published before 1965, which were selected by a poll of the membership as deserving of Nebula Award-class recognition. This first volume contains the short stories chosen (two subsequent volumes recognize the selected novellas). Again, this is a collection I've had on
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Dan
Jul 06, 2019 rated it really liked it
Sci-fi Hall of Fame Volume 1 1929-1964

Collection of the best sci-fi stories prior to 1964. Many of the stories are quite famous. There are twenty-six stories in all.

Here are my favorite five star reads.

1. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes. Arguably the greatest sci-fi short story of all time.

2. A Rose for Ecclesiastes - Roger Zelazny. Earthling man who becomes a famous poet is betrayed by a Martian dancer so that he can fulfill their Martian prophesy.

3. Microcosmic God - Theodore Sturgeon. Kid
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Jim
Jul 08, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A friend of mine recently reviewed this
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& I realized I didn't have it on my bookshelf here & should. I have an old hardback from the library from back when I was a teen & I've read through all of these stories numerous times over the years both here & in other anthologies. Almost all of the stories are incredibly good. I won't review them all, but a few deserve mentioning.

Heinlein's "The Roads Must Roll" is probably the most dated & least favorite of mine.
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Cloudwalker
Finally got a few uninterrupted moments, so let's see if I can write something that makes sense here.

Yes, this is an old book, and some of these short stories show their age, mostly because of what their authors assume culturally. I quickly noticed that in almost every tale, men dominated. Female characters were generally depicted as "the little woman," if they were present at all. Even the wonderful Helen O'Loy was at heart a classic stay-at-home-housewife, whose sole desire was to make her ma
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Rasheed
Dec 12, 2010 rated it really liked it
A Martian Odyssey (1934) by Stanley G. Weinbaum 5/5
Twilight (1934) by John W. Campbell, Jr. 5/5
Helen O'Loy (1938) by Lester del Rey 3/5
The Roads Must Roll (1940) by Robert A. Heinlein 5/5
Microcosmic God (1941) by Theodore Sturgeon 5/5
Nightfall (1941) by Isaac Asimov 5/5
The Weapon Shop (1942) by A.E. van Vogt 5/5
Mimsy Were the Borogoves (1943) by Henry Kuttner and C.L. Moore 5/5
Huddling Place (1944) by Clifford D. Simak 4/5
Arena (1944) by Fredric Brown 5/5
First Contact (1945) by Murray Leinster 4
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Gary  Beauregard Bottomley
Apr 28, 2018 rated it it was amazing
These stories were extraordinary for three reasons. 1) They were like listening to old time radio shows from the past only better since the narrative was spoken, 2) Each story gave an incredible peek into the time period they were written in. Pay attention to the time the story was written in order to get the full impact of the story. 3) The stories all have a meaning within themselves. The truths they reach are autonomous, they exist for their own being, and they help one understand one’s own e ...more
Randolph
Don’t ask me to quote a thing from this or name a single story since I read it in the dark ages and just marked it as “liked” then in the pre-internet age. I kept a paper list in a wire wound notebook of every book I ever read going back to the late sixties, eons before the perfect place like goodreads existed, but I merely marked each one as liked or disliked (I’m not a detail guy generally). However I do recall not liking it as much as Dangerous Visions edited by Harlan Ellison which was then, ...more
David Holmes
Jun 08, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Kristin Schreiber
Recommended to David by: Alan Files
Overall, this is an amazing anthology, though some of the stories are definitely better than others:

ESSENTIAL:
1. Microcosmic God - Theodore Sturgeon
2. Arena - Fredric Brown
3. First Contact - Murray Leinster
4. Surface Tension - James Blish
5. Twilight - John W. Campbell
6. Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
RECOMMENDED:
7. The Little Black Bag - C.M. Kornbluth
8. Flowers for Algernon - Daniel Keyes
9. It's a GOOD Life - Jerome Bixby
10. The Cold Equations - Tom Godwin
11. The Quest for Saint Aquin - Anthony Bouche
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Greg
Apr 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Old school science fiction! ♥️
Greg Fanoe
This collection consists of the 26 best science fiction short stories of all time (through 1964) as voted on by the Science Fiction Writers of America, with some limitations and adjustments (e.g., one book per author). Since this is a collection of stories by different authors, there's no point providing a general review, so, since I'm in a self-indulgent mood, I'll review each individual story.

Stanley G. Weinbaum - A Martian Odyssey: Per all accounts, this was one of the most influential sci-fi
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Michael
180519: ‘helen o’loy’, martian way’, ‘scanners live in vain’, ‘that only a mother’, ‘flowers for algernon’, ‘fondly fahrenheit’, ‘country of the kind’, ‘mimsy were the borogroves’... yeah i remember these stories even if only read few times...

220219: well i just decided to add this to my 'aaafavoritefiction' shelf, so i think i shall review it. this is of course a rating strongly influenced by sentiment, as this must certainlly be very early purchase, ppbk in 77, from some table of ppbk science
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Mike
Dec 29, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I had read some of these classics in my youth, but several of them were new. It was great to dip my toe in these great old stories, in spite of their many problems (where are the women?).
Riju Ganguly
Mar 05, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This compact anthology of 'golden age scifi' is an essential compilation. It contains a very high percentage of such stories that have defined science fiction. As a result, it’s often stated that if you need to keep only one scifi anthology (although why you might be so tight-fisted, is never explained), this one ought to suffice. However, I believe that the main strength of this collection is in showcasing the strengths as well as weaknesses of fiction written in those decades. These stories ar ...more
Vincent Stoessel
Some of the stories have not aged well while others feel like they were written yesterday. Many are classics like It's a Good Life and The Cold Equations for example, had been adapted for movies and TV (The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits) long ago. Little Black Bag, Surface Tension, Flowers for Algernon, Fondly Fahrenheit (by crazy Alfred Bester) and A Rose for Ecclesiastes are my standouts.
Jeff
Mar 12, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: science-fiction
I have spent the last several weeks reading most of these stories for the 3rd or more-th time and almost every one of them is less powerful or well-written than i remembered. With some anxiety, i downgrade this book from 5 to 4 stars.

"The Roads Must Roll" Robert A. Heinlein: I refuse to reread this ridiculous story. Heinlein never wrote anything better? It's such a preposterous concept that i had to give up a few pages in.

"Nightfall" Isaac Asimov: Do i really need to read 40 pages for that "payo
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Lisa (Harmonybites)
Apr 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Anyone With the Slightest Interest in Science Fiction
I've been reading quite a few science fiction books lately, particularly anthologies, and this one stands out as special. It's comprised of the 26 stories voted into the "Science Fiction Hall of Fame" as the best in the genre under 15,000 words by the Science Fiction Writers of America. Spanning from 1934 to 1963, these are all stories from before the group established their yearly Nebula Awards and are from the "Golden Age of Science Fiction." I think that gave the voters some perspective, a li ...more
Yngvild
Jun 09, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
The Science Fiction Hall of Fame – Volume One is a collection of mainstream American science fiction short stories, chosen because they might have won a Nebula Award if there had been one when they were first published. It is easy to spot prizewinners in retrospect; these are simply the most popular pieces from the mid-third of the twentieth century.

All the old favourites are here: Daniel Keyes’ 1959 Flowers for Algernon, Arthur C Clarke’s 1953 The Nine Billion Names of God, Isaac Asimov’s 1941
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Dominick
This is a good but dated anthology. Heck, even when it was first published, it was out of date; it came out in 1970 and the most recent story in it is from 1964. Admittedly, given its conceit of being an anthology of the greatest SF stories of all time, some lag time between when it came out and how far it goes up to is perhaps inevitable, as one of the tests of all-time greatness is presumably longevity. This claim is vitiated somewhat, though, by the fact that it limits itself to within-genre ...more
Danielle N
Feb 21, 2018 rated it really liked it
As always, you may also find this review on Books, Vertigo and Tea.

Clocking in at over 28 hours, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame was an incredibly easy listen that seem to fly by over the course of a few days. Offering a wider range of stories accompanied by varying narrators, I quite enjoyed my time with this collection.

While it is always difficult to review anthologies (particularly of this size) I did want to share a few thoughts on this one, as many have been such a miss for me lately. When
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Bad-at-reading
It's not hard to pick the best story in a collection that includes "Flowers for Algernon". Other highlights: Blish's "Surface Tension" with the ethereal, impressionistic quality of its setting has held up well; Heinlein pokes holes in a popular image of the future with "The Roads Must Roll"; two straight horror stories, Matheson's "Born of Man and Woman" and Jerome Bixby's "It's A Good Life" (though I prefer the Twilight Zone adaptation), and a melding of sci-fi and horror in Asimov's clever "Ni ...more
TrumanCoyote
Apr 09, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh sure, you can always quibble about the choices. I would certainly have picked "Far Centaurus" for Van Vogt's contribution (one of my alltime favorites), and would rather have seen "They" for Heinlein's. And of course I had to wonder where the heck "What's It Like Out There?" by Edmond Hamilton had disappeared off to (another one of my alltime faves). But such carpings are only germane if you examine it based upon its original intent. Taken as a great big scifi anthology though--filled with a ...more
Michael Burnam-Fink
Mar 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2013, sci-fi
Starting in 1966, the Science Fiction Writers of America began presenting annual Nebula Awards for the best novels and short stories. A few years later, they decided to go back and do a retrospective on the best stories published before '66. This is that collection, and it is damn good. All the greats are represented (Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke... Zelazny), along with stories and authors that have been mostly forgotten. The quality is universally high, and while some of the stories are dated--part ...more
Craig
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is arguably the best anthology of early science fiction short fiction ever published. In the early years short fiction dominated the field rather than novels. Every story here is a classic, and I've read most of them many times. Some, like Asimov's "Nightfall," Brown's "Arena," and "Flowers For Algernon" by Keyes, are still well-known and easily available, but there are many other stories and authors here that should be remembered, too. My personal favorites are the Zelazny, Leinster, and v ...more
Bruce
Jul 18, 2009 rated it liked it
Not as good as I'd anticipated. It contains some real clunkers from my perspective. Amongst the stories new to me, my favorite is "The Weapons Shop" by A.E. van Vogt. I had already read Fredric Brown's "Arena" and Daniel Keyes' "Flowers for Algernon" -- both wonderful classics. Asimov's "Nightfall" is maybe just a notch below these two.
Lanie Nelson
May 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Tweel. I want a friend like Tweel. That’s all I’m going to say about the content of this AMAZING collection of stories because if you like sci-fi even just a little, you should read this book! I usually give books away after I’ve read them, but I will keep this one. I know I’ll read it again and share it sparingly. I adored this book.
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