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A collection of 28 short pieces from the first 10 volumes of Orbit. Stories by Richard Wilson, Mother to the World, Robert Silverberg's Passengers, Harlan Ellison's Shattered Like a Glass Goblin, and Norman Spinrad's The Big Flash, and many more. ...more
Paperback, 404 pages
Published July 1st 1976 by Berkley Publishing Group (NY) (first published January 1st 1966)
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Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
Orbit was a series of original anthologies edited by Damon Knight from the mid-1960s to the early 1980s. It lasted for twenty-one volumes, far more and longer than most such series. His purpose was to champion stories of an experimental (New Wave was the popular label at the time), and more character-driven, mature, and literary nature than what was to be found in the digest-sized genre magazines of the time, which were practically the only markets open to science fiction short work of the time. ...more
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"Orbit" was a series of anthologies of original speculative fiction stories edited by Damon Knight in the 60s and 70s. His aim was to expand the genre and select literary stories that would avoid the stereotypical spaceships and ray guns of pulp science fiction. The series was quite successful and attracted some of the best writers in the field; the stories themselves won numerous awards.

I myself, as a young writer and avid reader of speculative fiction, followed the "Orbit" series for many year
Jan 24, 2020 rated it liked it
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It’s always hard to rate anthologies because of the potential variety of enjoyment in the numerous stories. And this book has 29 stories in it. Some of them I really liked, others not so much.

There were some sexist tropes utilized in a handful or so of these stories, which... I guess makes sense for something published in 1976? And containing stories from the 60’s as well? But at the same time it did damper my enjoyment of the stories that there seemed to be so much of it.

My favorites, in the or
Feb 27, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This is easily one of the top ten best SF anthologies of all time. It contains multiple award winners, stories from such as Gene Wolfe, Harlan Ellison, R. A. Lafferty, and a host of others.
You will meet the "Loolies" in a remarkable and charming tale by Allison Rice, and Ted Thomas' "Doctor". You'll find out what's in "The Hole On The Corner", get ridden as a "Passenger" in the fabulous Robert Silverberg short, you'll be amazed, enthralled, laugh, cry. One thing you won't be is bored.
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Damon Francis Knight was an American science fiction author, editor, and critic.
Knight's first professional sale was a cartoon drawing to a science-fiction magazine, Amazing Stories. His first story, "Resilience", was published in 1941. He is best known as the author of "To Serve Man", which was adapted for The Twilight Zone. He was a recipient of the Hugo Award, founder of the Science Fiction and

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