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Every great writer has to begin somewhere. Here, in one star-studded volume, are the debut stories from some of science fiction's best and brightest-with insightful new introductions by the authors themselves.

These are stories that launched the careers of Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott Card, L. Sprague de Camp, George R.R. Martin, Murray Lein
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Paperback, 316 pages
Published January 7th 2003 by DAW
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Nicholas Whyte
http://nhw.livejournal.com/205953.html[return][return]Nice idea, getting the first published story of numerous well-known sf authors - to be specific, Murray Leinster, L Sprague de Camp, Anne McCaffrey, Hal Clement, Arthur C Clarke and so on, and publishing it in an anthology together with an introduction by the author in question (or in one case from his daughter). The stories are a bit variable in quality, but less than one might have thought, and the autobiographical material from each author ...more
Susan
Oct 20, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: anthology, paperback, 2005
"The Runaway Skyscraper" by Murray Leinster read 11/23/2005
"The Isolinguals" by L. Sprague de Camp read 11/25/2005
♦ "Freedom of the Race" by Anne McCaffrey read 11/25/2005
"Proof" by Hal Clement read 11/26/2005
"Loophole" by Arthur C. Clarke read 11/27/2005
"The Dead Man" by Gene Wolfe read 11/27/2005 RE-READ 5/15/2015
"We're Coming Through the Window" by K. M. O'Donnell read 11/27/2005
"The Hero" by George R. R. Martin read 11/27/2005
"Lunchbox" by Howard Waldrop read 11/27/2005
"Ender's Game" novelet
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Chris Duval
Mar 29, 2015 rated it really liked it
Shelves: sff-misc
This includes the original short version of 'Ender's Game' (O.S. Card) and, for that alone, it must receive at least a four-star rating from me. I had read that and three other stories in the anthology some time ago; the rest of my impressions are more recent. The other stories range in interest from middling to quite good. Probably the most gripping was C. Asaro's 'Dance in Blue,' a suspenseful romance in a near-future setting.

Each story is preceded by an introduction by the author (if s/he is
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Christopher Hivner
May 10, 2012 rated it liked it
This book starts out slow. Out of the first 7 stories, I really only enjoyed "Loophole" and "We're Coming Through the Windows". "The Isolinguals" was a clever idea but not executed all that well. Starting with "The Hero" the book picked up. "Ender's Game" and "The Emerson Effect" are both excellent stories. The last 6 stories are good but not great. Overall a good read, but not a great one.
Ellen
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Anthology of first stories by top notch science fiction authors from a wide range of periods ranging from Murray Leinster's 1919 "Runaway Skyscraper" to Julie Czerneda's 1997 "First Contact, Inc". This is a great look at how some of the field's best got their starts. Most of the stories are both interesting on their own and interesting for their glimpse of the writer's career to come.
Elizabeth
Jun 15, 2012 rated it really liked it
Very much recommended to the fans of any of the authors listed on the title. Very cool idea, printing all the first published stories of well known authors together! This was a great bathtub book. :D
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Martin Harry Greenberg was an American academic and speculative fiction anthologist. In all, he compiled 1,298 anthologies and commissioned over 8,200 original short stories. He founded Tekno Books, a packager of more than 2000 published books. In addition, he was a co-founder of the Sci-Fi Channel.

For the 1950s anthologist and publisher of Gnome Press, see Martin Greenberg.
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