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Forbidden Planets

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An anthology of science fiction short stories by some of today's top authors to commemorate the fiftieth anniversary of the science fiction film classic Forbidden Planet. Filled to the brim with provocative tales of worlds where humans were never meant to go.
Paperback, 320 pages
Published November 7th 2006 by DAW
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Roger
Feb 16, 2019 rated it liked it
Not one of my favorite anthologies.
Jean-Pierre Vidrine
Feb 23, 2016 rated it liked it
As with any anthology or compilation, this is hit and miss. Happily it's mostly hit, but when it misses, it really misses.
Ray Bradbury's introduction is revealing yet neither as smart nor as poetic as we've come to expect from the master. Jay Lake's story Lehr, Rex is peppered with ridiculous sexist language yet still manages to be a fascinating speculative work. Adam Robert's Me-Topia starts out fine and continues on strong, but ends on a big "What?" Seriously, the ending is beyond puzzling.
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Tim
May 27, 2014 rated it really liked it
Like all anthologies, the quality of the stories varies, in this case, some 3's, 4's. and 5's. Hence, my final rating. I don't think any rate worse than a 3, so there is that. On the other hand, made-for-themed anthologies feel a bit stressed at times. Some stories feel like they were waiting for their moment and got massaged into fitting this particular tome, and others were specific efforts to supply a story meeting the required homage. It felt a bit thin at times and the King Lear/Forbidden P ...more
Mary
May 08, 2008 rated it really liked it
Shelves: done
This is a collection of short stories with an introduction by Ray Bradbury. As the title indicates it is an homage to the film "Forbidden Planet" now some fifty years old. Also as usual with collections some stories appeal more than others. The ones I liked best include 'Lehr, Rex' which contains not only references to Shakespeare's 'The Tempest,' which was the template for 'Forbidden Planet' but 'King Lear' as well. Also enjoyable were 'Passion Ploy' and 'Tiger, Burning.' That last is a very ni ...more
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