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Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 2 (Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories #2)

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A collection of classice Science Fiction short stories from 1940.

1. * Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein
2. The Dwindling Sphere by Williard Hawkins
3. The Automatic Pistol by Fritz Leiber
4. Hindsight by Jack Williamson
5. Postpaid to Paradise by Robert Arthur
6. * Coventry by Robert A. Heinlein
7. Into the Darkness by Ross Rocklynne
8. Dark Mission by Lester del Rey
9. It by
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Paperback, 350 pages
Published 1979 by DAW Books, Inc.
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Craig
Feb 17, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the second anthology of Greenberg's and Asimov's choices as the best of the sf golden age. It's a little off because they couldn't get the rights to reprint any Heinlein, but some of the ones they include are delightful and should be remembered. Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates is here; it's the story upon which the film The Day the Earth Stood Still was based. Good works by Sturgeon, De Camp, Del Rey, and Leiber, too. My favorite is Old Man Mulligan by P. Schuyler Miller.
Jim Syler
I didn’t actually read this book; I read it as part of a combined volume: Isaac Asimov Presents the Golden Years of Science Fiction: 36 Stories and Novellas. But there wasn’t enough space in my review there for all my comments on the individual stories, so I’m posting them here (there wasn't enough space here either, even just for Volume 2. I had to cut significant portions. Sigh). Refer to my review of that book for my thoughts on the book as a whole.

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Norman Cook
Apr 24, 2016 rated it really liked it
1. * Requiem by Robert A. Heinlein (*contained in The Past Through Tomorrow) – Aging rocket pioneer D. D. Harriman’s last chance to visit the Moon he helped thousands of others to colonize.

2. The Dwindling Sphere by Williard Hawkins – An early dystopic view of ecological meddling by humans, told over the course of thousands of years.

3. The Automatic Pistol by Fritz Leiber – A mobster owns a gun that is truly automatic.

4. Hindsight by Jack Williamson – A minor (and dated) story that fumbles aroun
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Williwaw
Jul 20, 2015 rated it it was ok
This volume is inferior to the first in the series. If these were the best SF stories of 1940, then 1940 was simply not a great year for SF.

Best stories in this collection:

3. The Automatic Pistol by Fritz Leiber (great characters and dialogue - criminals in gritty NYC. Not so much an sf story as a supernatural one)

5. Postpaid to Paradise by Robert Arthur (really a fantasy story, about a few magic postal stamps that shunt anything you like to The Federated States of El Dorado - which are somewh
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Aries
Aug 01, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Bompiani ha finalmente deciso di ristampare una collana di fantascienza che avevo cominciato a comprare parecchi anni fa, trovandola estremamente gradevole, ben fatta e, soprattutto, piena di parecchie chicche d'annata."Le Grandi Storie della Fantascienza" è una serie di libri curati da Isaac Asimov che raccoglie, annata per annata, i migliori racconti della Fantascienza più "classica", quella che ha cullato tutti i grandi appassionati del genere.Racconti ispirati, alcuni ingenui, altri che potr ...more
Ryan
Mar 08, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Nice little collection of SF for a long bus ride home. I picked this one up from the shelves of an old folks home; it was either this or The Shipping News. I think I made the right choice. It has been awhile since I have read a collection of short stories...the last time was probably a Stephen King collection sometime back in the bathrooms of my youth. The twelve hour bus ride was enhanced with this array of wonder, as I would read a selection, doze, absorb, doze, then awake eager to consume mor ...more
Curt Jeffreys
Apr 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Since childhood I've believed I was born too late. I missed out on all the major innovations like the invention of radio, first flight, the digital computer, the Golden Age of Science Fiction. This little book is a prime example of the latter. To have been present during the formative years of SF, to have known young Asimov, Fritz Lieber, Lester del Ray, etc., would have been incredible to say the least.
I found this little book only a few days ago at my favorite used book store and inhaled it w
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Jeff Greason
A surprisingly poor example from what I think is an excellent collection. Many of the "Asimov Presents" collections have classic shorts that are a service to the community to make accessible since the short stories are seldom reprinted. Many of the collections in this series are favorites of mine to reread. I don't know if 1940 was a poor year or if the collection was ill-chosen but I found the stories included in this volume much weaker in quality than is typical for these collections. There ar ...more
Matteo Pellegrini
Jan 22, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fantascienza

Racconti e romanzi brevi fra i più brillanti che hanno visto la luce nel 1940, un anno denso di tensioni per il mondo reale, ma una splendida tappa nell'epoca d'oro della science fiction. Il testo si presenta come un libro imprescindibile per tutti coloro che sanno apprezzare le trame dell'immaginazione scientifica e fantastica; i racconti proposti sono veri e propri classici scaturiti dalla fantasia di mostri sacri, tra cui Theodore Sturgeon, Jack Williamson, L. Sprague de Camp, Ross Rocklynne

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Racconti preferiti

— La sfera che rimpiccioliva (The Dwindling Sphere) *****
di Willard Hawkins

— Nella tenebra (Into the Darkness) ****
di Ross Rocklynne

— Quietus (Quietus) ***
di Ross Rocklynne

— Uno strano compagno di giochi (Strange Playfellow) ***
conosciuto anche come: Robbie
di Isaac Asimov

— Addio al padrone (Farewell to the Master) ****
di Harry Bates
TrumanCoyote
The best thing here is "Farewell to the Master."

[FIRST READING: Contains a couple classics ("It," "Farewell to the Master"), but most of it is Space Cadet stuff.]
Rick
Apr 17, 2013 rated it liked it
Some of the stories were so-so and others were really good. All had interesting ideas in them though and that's what I come to random sci-fi for.
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Isaac Asimov was a Russian-born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.

Professor Asimov is generally considered the most prolific writer of all time, having written or edited more than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards. He has works published in nine of the te
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  • Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 8: 1946
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