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The Ultimate Threshold: A Collection of the Finest in Soviet Science Fiction

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Mass Market Paperback, 256 pages
Published July 27th 1978 by Penguin Books (first published 1970)
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Tim
Jan 22, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I love Soviet SF - it is a unique and special sub genre. Mirra Ginsburg seems to have translated as much of it as anyone could be expected to and does a very good job. I have read a couple texts translated by Ginsburg abd others so that I can speak by experience - I prefer Ginsburg's every time.

This book is a collection of short stories. Not all of them will change your life but most will make you think. All are good in their own right and a good way to sample a wide variety of authors. For some
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Simon
Mar 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: sf-fantasy
This started pretty badly with a few short, uninvolving and unimpressive stories, but then suddenly in the middle of the collection comes Olga Larionova's beautiful "The Useless Planet". "The Ultimate Threshold" and "When You Return" similarly manage to combine ideas, emotional resonance and quality writing.
Unfortunately the quality drops off again towards the end, and the final story "He Who Leaves No Trace" throws out a couple of potentially interesting ideas but drowns them in page after page
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Karlito
Feb 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
This book, was an amalgamation of several stories involving humanity, advances in technologies arcane, obscure, so close to reality it's almost foreboding, and the depth of humanity found in the technology, runs identical to the lack of humanity often found in the humans, which is far too often the issue. Topics of philosophy & psychology frequently come up, making the reader sometimes revile, and other times sympathise with the human maker, or the situation. A marvellous read, though the ...more
Michael Tildsley
Jun 11, 2014 rated it it was ok
I wanted this short story collection to be better than it was. Up front, I am willing to admit I'd probably have much more enjoyed the stories in their native Russian, rather than these translations. Some of this was pretty thick trekking.

That said, I did find a few 5 star stories in the set worth reading in any language:

"Icarus and Daedalus," by Henrik Altov

"Erem," by Gleb Anfilov

"Invasion," by Roman Podolny

"One Less," by Igor Rosokhovatsky
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Mirra Ginsburg (1909-2000) was a Jewish Russian-American translator of Russian literature, collector of folk tales and children's writer.

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