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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on April 11, 2014
Format: Paperback
Well, yes, after the Gettysburg movie we read the book and Shaara became famous. This collection of sixteen stories contains early science fiction stories from the 1950's glory days of Galaxy and Astounding (before anyone knew what analog meant). They are quite good as stories. You may enjoy several of them. In truth, there is variety enough that you may not like all.
Shaara handled the vast scale settings of science fiction well. The universe is a large place and he found some large stories.
They do as fine a job as anyone has switching from human to alien minds as the two meet. I would urge both omniverous readers and those learning about writing to read this book. DO NOT skip his introduction and the "Author's Afterward."
Shaara wrote what he wanted to write when he was ready to write it. You may know the baseball book and that masterpiece about Gettysburg. This is the young science fiction writer, and who he became when he went on to Redbook and Playboy for story material beyond science fiction.
If you have not read Amazon's author profile, I urge you to sample it. Then read the introduction and afterward of Soldier Boy.
The title story alone is worth the one cent plus shipping you may pay for this. Get it before the crowd finds it. It is an excellent journey beyond baseball and civil war.
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2 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on July 18, 2010
Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase
Delivered as expected for such an old paperback but worth it to my "esposo" who had lost the origional paper back from "way back". Can't say more as it was not for me and I did not read it. But it made him happy so my expections were fulfilled.
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