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Deep Space

3.92  ·  Rating Details ·  51 Ratings  ·  5 Reviews
Beyond the rim of the solar system, past the orbit of Pluto, into the uncharted vastness of deep space - here lie stars beyond counting, whole galaxies, a world that is still a mystery to us. Yet, as Robert Silverberg points out, an inexhaustible treasure trove of unbounded possibility awaits those whose imaginations voyage to the stars, and in this book he has collected e ...more
Published April 10th 1973 by Dutton Books (first published 1973)
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Apr 25, 2016 Ben rated it really liked it
Even though this was published in the 1970s, the stories collected here are all from a couple of decades before. There's some really good stuff, provided you forgive the period - almost every story has the heroes puffing away at well-packed pipes and rolling along like John Wayne - and it holds together well. The theme of "deep space" is a little vague, but you get what you expect: no stories about the future of Earth here.

The opener is by Chad Oliver, called Blood's a River, and is prefaced by
Nick Van der Graaf
Quite simply one of the best sci-fi short story anthologies I've ever read. There are a number of real masterpieces here, including Harlan Ellison's classic "Life Hutch," Damon Knight's haunting "Ticket to Anywhere," and A.E. van Vogt's brilliant "Far Centaurus." I found it in the school library when I was around 12 years old and it made quite an impression. For decades afterwards I looked for a copy and finally found one in a now-defunct used bookstore about 12 years ago. The stories still held ...more
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Nov 30, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Introduction (Deep Space) • (1973) • essay by Robert Silverberg
Blood's a Rover • (1952) • novella by Chad Oliver
Noise • (1952) • shortstory by Jack Vance
Life Hutch • [Earth-Kyba War] • (1956) • shortstory by Harlan Ellison
Ticket to Anywhere • [The Analogues] • (1952) • novelette by Damon Knight
The Sixth Palace • (1965) • shortstory by Robert Silverberg
Lulungomeena • (1953) • novelette by Gordon R. Dickson
The Dance of the Changer and the Three • (1968) • shortstory by Terry Carr
Far Centaurus • (1
Mar 18, 2010 Raj rated it liked it
Shelves: sci-fi, short-stories
This is a collection of short stories tied together by the theme of the universe, it's size and the Stuff that could be out there. The quality was good overall, with some of the stories being excellent. In particular, Noise by Jack Vance about a guy whose liferaft lands on a planet with ethereal life forms and Lulungomeena by Gordon R Dickson about a bet on the frontier of explored space. Worth reading if you're after some perspective on the scale of things.
May 30, 2008 Craig rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent anthology with terrific classic stories by Chad Oliver, A.E. van Vogt, Terry Carr, and others. It also contains "Life Hutch" by Harlan Ellison, an early story that would have been right at home in John Campbell's Astounding.
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Robert Silverberg is one of science fiction’s most beloved writers, and the author of such contemporary classics as Dying Inside, Downward to the Earth and Lord Valentine’s Castle, as well as At Winter’s End, also available in a Bison Books edition. He is a past president of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America and the winner of five Nebula Awards and five Hugo Awards. In 2004 the Sc ...more
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