Honeymoon in Hell (The Galaxy Project) Kindle Edition
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This (Galaxy Project) edition of "Honeymoon in Hell" contains only that single Brown novelette. The rest of the brief page count is padded out by boilerplate common to every (Galaxy Project) publication -- how important GALAXY MAGAZINE was in the 1950s, how important the length of the book's single story is, and how important the artist (whose cover image has nothing to do with the story) is. (Such attention to detail!: Despite this edition's Fredric Brown bio, his 1947 first mystery novel was THE FABULOUS CLIPJOINT, not 1950's NIGHT OF THE JABBERWOCK.)
Unique to each (Galaxy Project) is a context-setting introduction by a noted writer/critic of the field to the contained story. "Honeymoon in Hell" has a nice one by Paul Di Filippo.
Be Aware, for the price quoted, you're basically getting only the title novelette and an introduction to it, not the old HONEYMOON IN HELL, with multiple stories, referenced by other reviewers.
My stars are for the story, not for its packaging and presentation.
I should emphasize that this is just a novelette (and not even a particularly long one), not a full novel. "The Galaxy Project" is reprinting novelettes and novellas which originally appeared in Galaxy in the 1950s as e-books, padding them with essays on Galaxy, on the story, on the artist who painted the cover, etc. Some of the stories in this series are first rate (Heinlein's The Year of the Jackpot (The Galaxy Project), for example), but this one is not (IMHO, of course).
The writing is solid, though there is a lot of exposition at the end like a detective explaining a mystery to the audience. Most of the plot twists come out of nowhere, as if the author thought, "What cool thing could I make happen next?" The final page or two is a bit sappy. None of these are really big deals.
I applaud the author's use of science to explain the fiction. If there are problems with the science, you have to keep in mind it was written in 1950. There is scientific reasoning behind age restrictions on astronauts and the elaborate supply management system for surviving on and returning from the moon. There are politic elements that mostly remain as background filler. Carmody is clear about his avoidance of the topic at all costs with his Russian bride, Anna. While there are political motivations at the heart of the story, it's never shoved into the reader's face.
I can't help but wonder if this story influenced the ending of the graphic novel, the Watchmen.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Honeymoon in Hell is a product of its time, a time in which people believed the end of the world was near. And several stores were written around this subject. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Ricardo Portella
Light hearted story from one of the masters of science fiction. A little dated but still an excellent short story.Published 7 months ago by sci-fi fan
Bought this for light reading and it has been great for that. My kindle is with me when ever I am out and about at hockey and basketball games with my wife so I can read between... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Bruce
Fredric Brown does not disappoint even after all these decades since original publication. I enjoyed the original from my collection, nonetheless this is a good kindle read.Published 15 months ago by Keith E. Gibson
Good story, reminds me of "Colossus - The Forbin Project"Published 16 months ago by Amazon Customer
The human angle is always more important than the technology. I liked it. But I think the politics are a bit naive.Published 17 months ago by Robert L., Arrington
Without spoiling the ending all this took place before computers were invented and you have got to wonder how brown was able to imagine such a future.Published 17 months ago by Gary
I remember reading material like this and the Heinlein juvenile, or rather young adult, fiction. Nostalgia and a wish for peace met in my heart. I really, truly enjoyed it. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Midnight Rider
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