Friday, February 29, 2008

Great Science Fiction Stories - Cordelia T. Smith

Great may be a bit of a misnomer, but perhaps more so at the time. Some of these are certainly good, The Star, Nightfall, etc., though.

The Sands Of Time is a cool dinosaurs and aliens stories, but can't call it great by any stretch, same goes for Henderson's people story, or the Verne excerpt, or Anderson's Sherlockian take.

A good anthology though, definitely.

Great Science Fiction Stories : Vital Factor - Nelson S. Bond
Great Science Fiction Stories : Pottage - Zenna Henderson
Great Science Fiction Stories : The Roads Must Roll - Robert A. Heinlein
Great Science Fiction Stories : The Stolen Bacillus - H. G. Wells
Great Science Fiction Stories : The Star - H. G. Wells
Great Science Fiction Stories : Nightfall - Isaac Asimov
Great Science Fiction Stories : History Lesson - Arthur C. Clarke
Great Science Fiction Stories : In Hiding - Wilmar H. Shiras
Great Science Fiction Stories : The Martian Crown Jewels - Poul Anderson
Great Science Fiction Stories : The Sands of Time - P. Schuyler Miller
Great Science Fiction Stories : Into Space - Jules Verne



To build a spaceship, a Martian might be handy.

4 out of 5


Small town school teaching not as boring as expected with The People around.

3.5 out of 5


A master engineer and others work to stop industrial action from stopping massively engineered mass transit.

3 out of 5


Anarchy plague hard to swallow.

3.5 out of 5


Just a near miss, that planet going past Earth. Nothing to worry those Martians.

4 out of 5


Media and religion struggle with science. Still.

4 out of 5


Glacial only bad on one planet, even if puzzling for the other.

3 out of 5


An adventure for the Martian equivalent of the Great Detective.

3.5 out of 5


"Damn it," he cried, "no bald-headed old fuzzy-wuzzy is going to call me a liar twice! You may know a lot about dead bones, but your education with regard to living things has been sadly neglected. So reptiles never herd? What about alligators? What about the Galapagos iguanas? What about snakes? Bah—you can't see any farther than your own nose and never will! When I show you photographs of living dinosaurs, taken with this very camera twenty-four hours ago, not more than three or four miles from where we're standing—well, it's high time you scrap your hidebound, bone-dry theories and listen to a branch of science that's real and living, and always will be. I photographed those dinosaurs! I can do it again—any tune I like. I will do it."

Throw in a couple of groups of antagonistic aliens.

3.5 out of 5


Early lunar mission start.

3 out of 5


Magazine publication of what appears to basically be the first part of the Children of the Atom, where Dr Welles meets Tim, one of the first Children of the Atom, after working out what and who he really is.

3.5 out of 5

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