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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s

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Contains:
American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953—1956
Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth / The Space Merchants
Theodore Sturgeon / More Than Human
Leigh Brackett / The Long Tomorrow
Richard Matheson / The Shrinking Man
978-1-59853-158-9

American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956—1958
Robert Heinlein / Double Star
Alfred Bester / The Stars My Destination
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Hardcover, 1750 pages
Published September 27th 2012 by Library of America
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Jacob
Dec 25, 2012 rated it really liked it
There are three novels in this collection I couldn't get independently, so I'll have to review each here:

The Long Tomorrow (3 stars):

A story about the aftermath of nuclear war where small communities are self-supporting and cities are outlawed. The characters were mostly likable and believable, and I enjoyed a lot of their interactions. It was a decent story, except the ending didn't fit and washed out a lot of the meaning.

Who? (3 stars):

A cold-war era story that includes cybernetics: what happe
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Own the Best of American Sci-Fi from Library of America

One of the best ways to own among the best of American writing is to explore offerings from the Library of America. Each volume includes annotated texts, biographies of the authors, and additional scholarship. This outstanding boxed set includes:

Volume I: 1953-1956

The Space Merchants, by Frederik Polh ad C. M. Kornbluth: A dystopian satire of consumerism run amok, in which advertising is not only a profession but the de facto government.

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Sep 20, 2012 marked it as to-read
Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
James Blish, A Case of Conscience
Algis Budrys, Who?
Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
John
Sep 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: sci-fi
Wonderful Classic Science Fiction. Recommend to any scifi fan.
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Gary K. Wolfe is a science fiction editor, critic and biographer. He is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University's Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies.