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Omnibus of Science Fiction

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The Omnibus of Science Fiction edited by Groff Conklin is a cornucopia of delights for science fiction fans. Read stories by Theodore Sturgeon, H.P. Lovecraft, Anthony Boucher, Richard Matheson, Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Lester del Rey, Arthur C. Clarke, John D. MacDonald, and many others, and find yourself transported to strange and distant worlds in an enduring collect ...more
Paperback, 561 pages
Published September 26th 1984 by Chatham River Press (first published November 1st 1952)
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Dec 23, 2009 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Anthologist Groff Conklin pulled all of these tales out of pulp science fiction magazines of the 1930's through the 1950's. The edition I have, picked up at a paperback booksellers convention (!), i actually an early edition, maybe even a first edition- is unlike the one pictured in the little icon here on Goodreads.

The age of the book adds to its charm, a physical reminder that the 43 tales in this collection are from the early years of science fiction when the idea of science fiction was jus
Dierks Johnson
Sep 08, 2017 rated it liked it
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A solid survey of great science fiction from the 1930s-1950s. It's a bit dated now (it was published in the 1980s), but most of the stories still hold up. Anyone interested in the history of SF ought to read this collection.
Joe Ure
I chipped away at this book for almost a year and then finished it as my flight to Chicago was taking off. Luckily, there are a few really good stories in here that I enjoyed enough to read again during the flight. These are: "Kaleidoscope" (Ray Bradbury), "The Color Out of Space" (H. P. Lovecraft), "What You Need" (Lewis Padgett), and "Manners of the Age" (H. B. Fyfe).

This book was compiled in 1953. If you ask me, science fiction still had a long ways to go in 1953. While a few of the short st
Travis Heermann
The edition I have is the hardcover from the 1950s. As an amateur scholar of the history of SF, I thought it was interesting to see how the field has evolved. Everything here is pre-Golden Age, mostly from the 1930s and 40s. What I found was that some of the stories hold up, but many of them don't. They come across now as terribly dated, and the writing in some of the stories is mediocre at best, which made the book more of a slog than a joy. Turns out the literary derision focused SF stories wa ...more
Nicholas Bobbitt
Jan 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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This is another great collection by Conklin.
Michael Hanscom
While I love these big collections of Golden Age stories (though my copy was printed in the 80s, the collection was actually assembled in 1952 or 1953), and there are a lot of fun ideas and stories, it can lead to an occasional amused wince when you stumble across stories that incorporate the often non-malicious but still very present societal racism or gender biases of the time. Made me laugh more than once. Still a great collection of stories.
Doug Craig
Mar 14, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is an anthology of forty-two science fiction short stories from the pioneers of the genre surrounding WWII. They are mostly out of print now. There is an entry from Jack London! Authors include Asimov, Clarke. The stories were originally printed monthly in magazines such as Astounding Science Fiction, Galaxy Science Fiction, Amazing Stories, and others. There was a boom in these types of publications in the 1950's. Before sleep, I was able to dream of one story every night.
Sep 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is one of my favorite genre anthologies, incorporating many golden-age writers with some of their forerunners. Conklin had a knack for selecting stories that were interesting and well-written, yet not too overly familiar, and he tended to offer a wide variety, often putting sub-category sections in his books. This one is a terrific slicee of history.
Jb Lee
Aug 28, 2012 rated it it was amazing
One of the great anthologies of Golden Age Science Fiction
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Edward Groff Conklin (September 6, 1904, Glen Ridge, New Jersey - July 19, 1968, Pawling, New York) was a leading science fiction anthologist. Conklin edited 41 anthologies of science fiction, wrote books on home improvement and was a freelance writer on scientific subjects. From 1950 to 1955, he was the book critic for Galaxy Science Fiction.