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3.46  ·  Rating details ·  69 ratings  ·  8 reviews
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Mass Market Paperback, 179 pages
Published October 1977 by Bantam Books (first published 1977)
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Sep 01, 2015 rated it liked it
-Algunos de los primeros trabajos del dúo, aquellos de los que Pohl se sentía menos avergonzado y se atrevió a volver a publicar con su verdadero nombre y el de su fallecido amigo.-

Género. Relatos.

Lo que nos cuenta. Nueve relatos de Ciencia-Ficción de la pareja de autores, escritos todos en su juventud antes de ambos tuviesen que servir en el ejército durante la Segunda Guerra Mundial y publicados en diferentes revistas de género como Astonishing Stories y Super Science Stories siempre bajo
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it
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by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - March 30, 2012

Another great bk by Kornbluth & Pohl, reinforcing their place in my pantheon of favorite sf writers. In my adult yrs this pantheon consisted originally of Philip K. Dick, J.G. Ballard, & Samuel Delaney. The Strugatsky Brothers were added, then Stanislav Lem. Sometimes 'James Tiptree, Jr'. Vladimir Savchencko & Michel Jeury on the strengths of the single bks I've been able to
Apr 19, 2016 rated it really liked it
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This book, along with "Before the Universe," collects many of the collaborative short stories of Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth. "Before the Universe" has older work, from the 1940s. Many are stories that Pohl himself published as editor of a couple of pulp SF magazines. There are no masterpieces in "Before the Universe," only some really old-fashioned stories by a couple of very young and still developing writers.

"Critical Mass," however, reads very differently. The stories here are slick,
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An interesting anthology of short stories written in colaboration with C.M. Kornbluth. This is a prime example of the adage "don't judge a book by its cover" - there's barely a single spaceship in this collection, and definitely nothing remotely resembling the scene on the cover! On top of that, a good number of the stories are pretty dated, and not just technologically, but I suppose that is to be expected from stories written before feminism really existed.
Dec 14, 2014 rated it liked it
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1980 grade C

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Aug 30, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Collection of short stories. A bit dated, but I still enjoy most of the stories a great deal.
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Frederik George Pohl, Jr. was an American science fiction writer, editor and fan, with a career spanning over seventy years. From about 1959 until 1969, Pohl edited Galaxy magazine and its sister magazine IF winning the Hugo for IF three years in a row. His writing also won him three Hugos and multiple Nebula Awards. He became a Nebula Grand Master in 1993.
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