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Steel: And Other Stories Paperback – September 27, 2011
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"The author who influenced me the most as a writer was Richard Matheson."
"His stories not only entertain but touch the mind and heart."
About the Author
Richard Matheson was The New York Times bestselling author of I Am Legend, Hell House, Somewhere in Time, The Incredible Shrinking Man, A Stir of Echoes, The Beardless Warriors, The Path, Seven Steps to Midnight, Now You See It…, and What Dreams May Come, among others. He was named a Grand Master of Horror by the World Horror Convention, and received the Bram Stoker Award for Lifetime Achievement. He has also won the Edgar, the Spur, and the Writer's Guild awards. In 2010, he was inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame. In addition to his novels Matheson wrote several screenplays for movies and TV, including "Nightmare at 20,000 Feet," based on his short story, along with several other Twilight Zone episodes. He was born in New Jersey and raised in Brooklyn, and fought in the infantry in World War II. He earned his bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Missouri. Matheson died in June, 2013, at the age of eighty-seven.
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Top Customer Reviews
* "Steel" -- (1956, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) Steel Kelly, a washed-up boxer, is now living vicariously through his broken down robot fighter. If they can win the next match, Steel hopes he'll have enough money to fix up his robot. "Steel" was the inspiration for a Twilight Zone episode and the movie Real Steel. It's exciting and demonstrates Richard Matheson's talent for writing men from a psychological perspective.
* "To Fit the Crime" -- 1952, Fantastic) A cruel and pretentious 1950s poet dies and finds out what hell is like for cruel and pretentious 1950s poets. This one is amusing.
* "The Wedding" -- (1953, Beyond Fantasy Fiction) A superstitious groom ruins his marriage before it gets started.
* "The Conqueror" -- (1954, Bluebook Magazine) A young Yankee idolizes the pistol fighters out West, so he sets out to become one. I don't normally read Westerns, but I liked this one.
* "Dear Diary" -- (1954, Born of Man and Woman) A very short and penetrating story about two pessimistic women from two different eras writing entries in their diaries.
* "Descent" -- (1954, If) A nuclear bomb is about to be dropped on California and the citizens are preparing to leave everything behind and descend into an underground city.Read more ›
So, most of these stories were sci-fi. The Window of Time is a nice time-travel story about an 82-year-old man who warps into the year when he was twelve. The Traveler is another time-travel story, even better than The Window of Time imo.
Steel, the title story, was probably my favorite. I've never seen any of the adaptations, so this story was brand new to me, and I liked it quite a bit. Matheson definitely has a talent for writing about the future, as even now the story seems far in the future, let alone almost 60 years ago!
Dear Diary is a nice story with a bit of irony.
Aside from Steel, my favorite story was definitely The Conqueror. After reading Lonesome Dove, I was pleased to find an entertaining Western story, set in 1871. The story had (pun intended) all guns blazing haha.
Lastly, A Visit to Santa Clause was the last story I read. Not amazing, but a decent story to go out on.
The rest of the stories were average I thought. I didn't dislike any of them, just found ones like The Splendid Source, Descent, not too memorable. The last thing I want to mention is, although I didn't really care for When Day is Dun or The Edge, I found their endings to be quite good, the kind (especially in The Edge) that leave the reader thinking what's going to happen.Read more ›
"Steel" - this story was adapted into an episode of the original TWILIGHT ZONE and is the basis for the movie, REAL STEEL. In the future boxing between people no longer happens and boxing takes places between lifelike androids. A trainer named Kelly dreams of the big leagues and almost hit the big time when his robot named Maxo KO'd a contender. But that was three years ago and Maxo is a nobody and is an antique that's literally falling apart. Before the fight that will bring Kelly and Maxo back into the road to the big time, something unfortunate happens and Kelly makes a possible life-changing decision.
"To Fit the Crime" - a man at the end of his life loves the educated spoken word more than the people around him. He believes his mind is the only thing that separates himself from death and whatever horrors lie beyond. His whole life he verbally assaults and abuses his family with lofty spoken barbs.
"The Wedding" - a very superstitious man falls in love with an overweight woman. Despite his crazy beliefs, the woman agrees to marry him anyway and tragedy befalls them both.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Richard Matheson is a masterpiece, whatever he writes. You can't fail here!Published 1 month ago by Mike Horn
You are always in for a treat when you sit down to read Matheson. The stories are tightly constructed and inventive. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Henry Chamberlain
My review can be found in my responses to the multi choice questions already answered. In a nutshell, barely intriguing, completely frightening stories that meander off into the... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
Fantastic speculative fiction, with well-written characters and a masterful grasp of the short story. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Arkhadtoa
Matheson was an outstanding writer. Beyond some of the best episodes of Twilight Zone, he wrote Duel, A Stir of Echoes, I am Legend, Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, and... Read morePublished 19 months ago by Abner Rosenweig
It suck"t you know that it was horrible to read for kids and adults it is so bad !!!!!!!!!!!!!!! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Published 21 months ago by bjeweld76
Great anthology. I remember reading some of these stories when I first became enthralled with SF, more than 40 years ago. They hold up well. Read morePublished on March 18, 2014 by Jacob Huelstrunk