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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (March 12, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034524415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345244154
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #346,353 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Condition of my copy...well cared for original Content - great stuff!
Scott
This is the 2nd time I've purchased this same book because I gave out my last one.
thefinderofthings
It was an era when a writer could actually make a living writing short stories.
Stacey Cochran

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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Stacey Cochran on April 21, 2005
Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you want the best all-around collection of Henry Kuttner short stories, this is the book for you.

This collection includes: "Mimsy Were the Borogroves"; "The Twonky"; "What You Need"; "Two-Handed Engine"; "The Proud Robot"; "The Misguided Halo"; "The Voice of the Lobster"; "Exit the Professor"; "A Gnome There Was"; "The Big Night"; "Nothing but Gingerbread Left"; "The Iron Standard"; "Cold War"; "Or Else"; "Endowment Policy"; "Housing Problem"; and "Absalom."

My favorite story was "What You Need" just because the idea behind it was so clever and, too, because I love the classic Twilight Zone episode that was based on it.

This collection also includes a very good introduction by Ray Bradbury titled "Henry Kuttner: A Neglected Master" written in 1974, which offers insights as to why Kuttner was not lauded critically the way that Orwell, Vonnegut, Heinlein and Wells were. It also says a lot about Bradbury himself, at a time when he was at the height of his powers.

The short stories in this collection first appeared between 1939 and 1955 in magazines like Astounding Science Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, Unknown, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and as such, they offer a glimpse of what those magazines were like at that time. It was an era when a writer could actually make a living writing short stories. As such, this book is a pearl of wisdom and history, and it should not be forgotten.

Stacey Cochran
Author of CLAWS available for 80 Cents
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By John Oconnor on December 30, 2005
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Henry Kuttner was a master of thoughtful, humorous and bitter scifi. He was so prolific that he used at least 5 pen names, including Lewis Padgett. My all time favorite story is "Mimsy Were The Borogroves". If that story doesn't give you shudders, then you are no longer alive. His stuff was well written, well plotted and wonderfully presented. If you have never read Kuttner, I envy you. Reading him for the first time is an amazing experience. Please get this book, in whatever form you can.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By bernie HALL OF FAMETOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Worth it for Mimsy alone; however the other stories are a bonus.

'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves
Did gyre and gimble in the wade;
All mimsy were the borogoves,
And the mome raths outgrabe." Lewis Carroll

"Mimsy Were the Borogoves" is on tape and even on vinyl at one time. It can also be found in some of Henry Kuttner books.

It is a small sci-fi story about a formula that allows you into an alternate universe that everyone used to have access to. The problem with getting there is that it requires a different paradigm and a formula. The paradigm requires a mindset that disappears as we get older and the formula is in front of us if we know where to look. An added plus is that the tape version is read to us enthusiastically by William Shatner.

Playing around with time travel he needed something to put into the cube. He chose some of his old toys. The box never came back. After trying for a second time with no success he gave up and moved on.

The Last Mimzy (Widescreen Infinifilm Edition)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan Gilbert on November 18, 2012
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I haven't read science fiction in years but I watched a movie "Mimsy..."(something with that word in it) and missed the ending so I went to IMDB to see what happened and in the "comment" section someone said the movie was based on a short story by Henry Kuttner called "Mimsy Were The Borogoves". I had never heard of Henry Kuttner so I came to Amazon and looked him up and found this book with the story in it along with an introduction by one of my all time favorite SiFi authors Ray Bradbury who raved about Kuttner. Ray was right about Kuttner. What a gifted writer! What a delightful read!
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I was happy to finally track down an old favorite story.
This was delivered quickly and the book is in decent readable
condition as described.
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a large & diverse collection of kuttner's short stories.

i think that most of these would not otherwise be available, except in going back to the source, ie., the magazines [astounding, thrilling wonder & unknown to name a few] in which they were first published.

i cannot truly say i was whisked away into nirvana-land by every word,but these tales, though a bit dated, are still thought-provoking entertainment, a good read
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