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The Future Makers

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Contents include: Equator by Brian W. Aldiss / The Weapon Too Dreadful To Use by Isaac Asimov / The Piper by Ray Bradbury / Abreaction by Theodore Sturgeon / The Hour of Battle by Robert Sheckley / The Fourth Dimensional Demonstrator by Murray Leinster / Columbus Was a Dope by Robert Heinlein / Castaway by Arthur C. Clarke.
Mass Market Paperback, 174 pages
Published May 1971 by Belmont Productions (first published 1968)
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Nov 09, 2010 rated it it was ok
Shelves: science-fiction
This anthology collects together very early short stories written by some of the most famous 50s and 60s SF authors: Asimov, Clarke, Heinlein, people like that. They are, frankly, terrible.

So why on earth would you want to read it? Well, it isn't included here, but I am strongly reminded of Thomas Disch's introduction to his own first story, which you'll find in his collection Fundamental Disch . Disch describes how he used to read terrible SF stories in the pulps, until one day a conviction su
Glen Hannah
Jun 16, 2014 rated it really liked it
"The Future Makers" edited by Peter Haining.

A Collection from 1968 reprinting early tales from authors who became giants in the science fiction genre. Haining has dusted off old copies of Weird Tales, Amazing Stories, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Startling Stories and others and found rare gems by eight authors including Asimov, Aldiss, Bradbury, Heinlein and Clarke. A superb collection of tales from 1935 to 1958, a golden period in popular science fiction.

"The Fourth Dimensional Demonstrator" by M
Steve Stuart
Apr 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a collection of stories that were old even when the anthology was assembled in the 1970s. Their publication dates range from the 1930s to the 1950s. The idea was apparently to assemble stories from early in the careers of writers who had gone on to become the pillars of sci-fi.

Isaac Asimov's first published story, "The Weapon Too Dreadful To Use", is included. It shows a little less polish than his typical later stories, but still a pretty masterful command of the language (especially f
Oct 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: english, sci-fi
I bought this book years ago for just one euro, but never got around to reading it. From the reviews, I wasn't expecting much. But I really liked some of them, while others were just your run-of-the-mill classic sci-fi stories, which are still enjoyable from time to time.

But for me, some really stand out. I especially liked the stories by Murray Leinster and Brian W. Aldiss, of whom I hadn't read any work before. I will check out more work by them in the future (any recommendations?).

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Jun 07, 2014 rated it liked it
Shelves: science-fiction
Eight good sci-fi short stories by eight of the early masters of the genre (Aldiss, Asimov, Bradbury, Clarke, Heinlein, Leinster, Sheckley, & Sturgeon). A great way to "stick your toe" into the literary water and try some authors without investing the time and/or money into an entire novel by each one.
Feb 04, 2013 rated it liked it
A great little sci-fi collection.
Louella Mahabir
Apr 09, 2012 rated it liked it
Excellent scifi.
My faves were the stories by Bradbury (the piper) and Adliss (equator).
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Peter Alexander Haining (April 2, 1940 – November 19, 2007) was a British journalist, author and anthologist who lived and worked in Suffolk. Born in Enfield, Middlesex, he began his career as a reporter in Essex and then moved to London where he worked on a trade magazine before joining the publishing house of New English Library.

Haining achieved the position of Editorial Director before becoming
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