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Galactic Empires 1

(Galactic Empires #1)

3.7  ·  Rating details ·  191 Ratings  ·  13 Reviews
Been a Long Time (Lafferty), The Possessed (Clarke), Protected Psecies (Fyfe), All the Way Back (Shaara), The Star Plunderer (Anderson), Foundation (Asimov), We're Civilized! (Clifton and Apostolides), The Crime and Glory of Commander Suzdal (Smith), The Rebel of Valkyr (Coppel), Brightness Falls from the Air (Seabright), Immigrant (Simak), Resident Physician (James White) ...more
Hardcover, 305 pages
Published 1976 by St Martin's Press BCE
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Althea Ann
Sep 26, 2013 rated it liked it
This anthology is introduced as being all about "space opera" and grand dramatic romances of the future... however, very few of the stories in the anthology actually fit into that concept, in my opinion. It comes across as more of a random selection of stories, mostly from the pulp magazines of the 50's. The book was worth reading – the story "Brightness Falls From the Air" alone made it worthwhile – but it also contained some of the most offensive content that I've seen published. (The virulent ...more
Aug 31, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fascinante recopilación de cuentos centrados en la Space Opera. Auténticas ventanas a nuevos mundos. Muy recomendable. Destacado el extracto de la gran Fundación, de Asimov, y Los saqueadores del espacio, de Poul Anderson.
Apr 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: re-read
It's not just that science and the world have changed since this book was published in 1976, but I have changed too, so to some extent this book was a disappointment on rereading. Still, there are some great ideas. One image sticks in my mind from a story I had forgotten: the warriors and their horses huddling with oil lamps inside a spaceship whose workings had been a mystery for centuries. Unfortunately, the image was better than the actual story, which could be why I had friends forgotten it.
Aug 31, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: stories
Disappointing. After the pompous foreword you would expect some first rate and hand picked stories. But this is more a smorgasbord of old and very old stuff. Only part of it has much to do with the theme of the collection. Some big names delivered decent stories but there was none that i REALLY liked.
Dec 15, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I felt like the first few stories were a bit slow to get started on, but as the book goes on, it really picks up. A great read.
Jun 16, 2009 rated it really liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
I remember this one with great fondess. There was really some good space opera, including the very fine "The Rebel of Valkyr."
May 21, 2013 rated it really liked it
A fine collection of stories, although they are a little dated (most date from the '50s), so allowances must be made.
Galactic Empires: v. 1 & 2 in 1v by Brian W. Aldiss (1988)
Aug 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction-sf
Classic collection of space opera short-stories. I first found these books at the library and must have monopolized both volumes for six months or more!
Mar 10, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: ciencia-ficción
Buena antología, parte 1 de 4
Nov 09, 2007 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: imperial space opera sci-fi fanatics
Shelves: scifi
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