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Includes stories by Isaac Asimov, J. G. Ballard, Alfred Bester, John W. Campbell, Arthur C. Clarke, Samuel R. Delany, Lester del Rey, Philip K. Dick, Thomas M. Disch, Harlan Ellison, Philip José Farmer, Tom Godwin, Damon Knight, C. M. Kornbluth, Ursula K. Le Guin, Michael Moorcock, Robert Silverberg, Norman Spinrad, Theodore Sturgeon, A. E. Van Vogt, and Roger Zelazny.

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Paperback, 540 pages
Published January 1st 1974 by Anchor Books
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Nicholas Bobbitt
May 06, 2017 rated it really liked it
Spinrad has done an excellent job of giving a reader "an orientation in the field" of science fiction. This, to my knowledge, represents a solid chunk of the SF genre available at the time. Women are largely absent in this overview, unfortunately, but this may be a result of the dearth of respected women writers in SF's early years. LeGuin is the sole representative of women in this collection. Luckily, other editors have collected those authors in their own volumes, and if one wishes to have a ...more
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Jun 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is an excellent collection, put together with a great deal of thought and care, intended to be an introduction to the field for the casual reader. It's divided into three sections: "The Golden Age" (Campbell, Del Rey, Van Vogt, Asimov), The Postwar Awakening (Clarke, Sturgeon, Knight, Godwin, Kornbluth, Bester), and The Full Flowering (Ballard, Moorcock, Disch, Zelazny, Farmer, Dick, Delany, Ellison, LeGuin, Silverberg, and Spinrad himself.) I would not fault the inclusion of any of these a ...more
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Born in New York in 1940, Norman Spinrad is an acclaimed SF writer.

Norman Spinrad, born in New York City, is a graduate of the Bronx High School of Science. In 1957 he entered City College of New York and graduated in 1961 with a Bachelor of Science degree as a pre-law major. In 1966 he moved to San Francisco, then to Los Angeles, and now lives in Paris. He married fellow novelist N. Lee Wood in 1
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