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The Folio Science Fiction Anthology

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Science fiction has always been a fertile home for the short story. Brian Aldiss, award-wining author of science-fiction classics such as Non-Stop and the Helliconia trilogy, is also a master of the short story – Hothouse, his collection of novelettes, won the Hugo award for short fiction in 1962, while his ‘Super-Toys Last All Summer Long’ was the inspiration for the Stev ...more
Hardcover, Frontispiece & 6 colour illustrations, 272 pages
Published 2016 by The Folio Society
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Patrick
Apr 30, 2017 rated it liked it
Given that the Folio Society is known for producing handsome hardback editions of classic books — everything from Chaucer to Aldous Huxley and beyond — it seems odd that they have also chosen to put out this relatively short collection of science fiction stories. It’s not so much that the selection is poor, though it is somewhat uneven; but I’m not sure exactly who or what they are trying to represent with this. If Folio books are supposed to represent a level of canonical status, it seems odd t ...more
Julian White
Sep 19, 2017 rated it liked it
A somewhat bittersweet anthology - perhaps that's because Aldiss died last month but many of the stories have an air of doom and gloom about them. The cover reflects past glories - an intricate foiled design of a rocket that could have been designed by a Victorian printer - whicle the illustrations within gradually become imbued with deeper reds as we approach the present.

The stories, starting with one from Voltaire that I did not know, include most of the 'names' - HG Wells (another story I see
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Callibso
Sep 25, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Ein wunderschönes Buch, wie man es von der Folio Society gewohnt ist: Ein illustriertes Hardcover im Schuber. Enthalten sind zwölf Geschichten, u.a. von Voltaire (!), Wells, Asimov, Aldiss, Dick, Harrison, Heinlein und Tiptree, eingeleitet vom Herausgeber. Brian W. Aldiss hat die Geschichten ausgewählt und - leider ziemlich kurz - eingeleitet. Dieses Buch ist 2016 erschienen, vielleicht war es eine seiner letzten Arbeiten.
Insgesamt bin ich mit der Auswahl der Geschichten nicht ganz glücklich gew
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Lawrence Patterson
Sep 07, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Some very good and interesting stories and a few that are difficult to either get into or to follow --the plots in some could be better however the language and broad coverage of some are excellent.
Joe
Dec 25, 2016 rated it really liked it
really great collection. especially loved the Asimov story tied to foundation series
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Brian Wilson Aldiss was one of the most important voices in science fiction writing today. He wrote his first novel while working as a bookseller in Oxford. Shortly afterwards he wrote his first work of science fiction and soon gained international recognition. Adored for his innovative lite
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