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The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack [Kindle Edition]

Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , John Gregory Betancourt , Milton Lesser , Harry Harrison , John Russell Fearn , George H. Scithers , Jr. Vonnegut Kurt , Murray Leinster , E.C. Tubb
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Book Description

The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack selects 25 more modern and classic science fiction stories, by talented authors new and old. Authors in this volume include: Mary A. Turzillo, E.C. Tubb, Murray Leinster, Philip K. Dick, Kurt Vonnegut Jr., Jason Andrew, Henry Kuttner, Cynthia Ward, George H. Scithers and John Gregory Betancourt, Milton Lesser, John Russell Fearn, Harry Harrison, Isaac Asimov, Ayn Rand, and many more

Complete contents

"Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads," by Mary A. Turzillo

"Food for Friendship," by E.C. Tubb

"The Life Work of Professor Muntz," by Murray Leinster

"Beyond Lies the Wub," by Philip K. Dick

"Pictures Don’t Lie," by Katherine MacLean

"The Big Trip Up Yonder," by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.

"Storm Warning," by Donald A. Wollheim

"The Application of Discipline," by Jason Andrew

"Tom the Universe," by Larry Hodges

"Wild Seed," by Carmelo Rafala

"Tabula Rasa," by Ray Cluley

"The Eyes of Thar," by Henry Kuttner

"Regenesis," by Cynthia Ward

"Not Omnipotent Enough," by George H. Scithers and John Gregory Betancourt

"Plato’s Bastards," by James C. Stewart

"Pen Pal," by Milton Lesser

"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran

"The Arbiter," by John Russell Fearn

"The Grandmother-Granddaughter Conspiracy," by Marissa Lingen

"Top Secret," by David Grinnell

"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran

"Sense of Obligation," by Harry Harrison

"Angel's Egg," by Edgar Pangborn

"Youth," by Isaac Asimov

"Anthem," by Ayn Rand

And if you enjoy this Megapack, don't forget to search your favorite ebook store for "Wildside Megapack" to see more great entries in the series! (Sort by publication date to see the most recent additions.)

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Product Details

  • File Size: 2320 KB
  • Print Length: 686 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (April 25, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0085TK53K
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,935 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Bunch of Good Minor Reads August 29, 2012
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This is my first "megapack," and it won't be my last.

It is a hefty collection of stories, most short and a couple long. The stories are not introduced, and the collection has no unifying theme; they're just ... there to read. But they're good stories, by good writers. In fact, the most appealing thing is probably the range of writers, which includes old-time classics like Isaac Asimov and Henry Kuttner, as well as contemporary practitioners and, maybe most pleasing of all, people who write science-fiction but aren't always thought of as "genre" writers, like Kurt Vonnegut and Ayn Rand.

Now, the stories are probably nobody's best work, but with one or two exceptions, they aren't bad at all. The price in incredible, and I can't imagine how a book this size can be sold this cheaply without violating anybody's copyright.

My favorite story, for what it's worth, was probably Edgar Pangborn's "Angel's Egg;" Mary Turzillo's "Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads" was a strong contender, too. There were a couple of stinkers, notably two of the longest stories: Rand's "Anthem" and Harry Harrison's "Sense of Obligation." Both authors have their fans, and perhaps these are wonderful complex stories full of powerful ideas, but I'll never know, because I couldn't stand to finish them, and am doing my best to forget what I did manage to choke down.

As a technical matter, there's an active table of contents, and there are a few -- but only a few -- transcription errors.

If you like science fiction and have broad tastes, this is a great value.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars And then came The Fouth . . . August 12, 2012
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Dear Amazon Readers,

The Fourth Science Fiction Megapack is stuffed full of tales both bizarre and wonderful, whether a modified Tale of Tinkers on Mars or the crux of the matter between a shy research scientist, a multiverse machine and the driver of a beer truck. You will think and smile your way through this one.

As delightful as the first three megapacks, the Fourth Science Fiction Megapack makes for perfect summer fare. Whether on the sands of a beach or from the porch swing in the mountains, this collection goes well with ice cold lemonade or a Venusian Frappe.


Dr. George
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars quality and value June 15, 2012
By chrisam
Format:Kindle Edition
I love the Megapack series. The previous 3 in the scifi genre were superb. And this is no exception. 25 stories by every famous author you've ever heard of ( I know it's redundant, wiseguys ) for less than a buck.
Are you nuts, or what? Just buy it.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars An okay read! January 8, 2013
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As per the title of this book, this is the fourth instalment in a series of compilations of various science fiction writers. This book is not the best in the series but it is not the worst. The series includes short stories from both well-known authors (such as Asimov) and some not so well known authors (at least to me). This is one of the reasons that I usually download these types of books. I enjoy reading stories by authors that I have never read before, and I find it to be an excellent opportunity to experience an author and to get the feel of his / her work. If I like it I usually go looking for more of their stories to download and read.

In this volume, I enjoyed the following stories the most:

"The Life Work of Professor Muntz," by Murray Leinster
"Tiny and the Monster," by Theodore Sturgeon
"Beyond Lies the Wub," by Philip K. Dick
"The Grandmother-Granddaughter Conspiracy," by Marissa Lingen
"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran

Overall, it was a nice mix of stories and I recommend this book to anyone interested in a good read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 24 Shorts and 1 Megastory October 3, 2012
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This is the fourth Science Fiction Megapack, following the success of the first three volumes, The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern & Classic Tales by Masters, The Second Science Fiction Megapack and The Third Science Fiction Megapack. These 24 stories and one book-length megastory are from science fiction's golden age.

One way to get a feel for the collection while investing a minimum of time is to read the five shortest stories. It may also be satisfying to think of reading them as a protest against Harry Harrison's "Sense of Obligation" which occupies 25% of the book without providing 25% of the enjoyment. C'mon editor--as with skirts and jail sentences, short is best. With that in mind, here are the shortest:

E. C. Tubb's "Food for Friendship" finds two spacemen stranded on a planet where food is scarce. They are looking for a way off-planet. And they keep thinking about their stomachs.

*Kurt Vonnegut's "The Big Trip Up Yonder" shows how an increased lifespan can keep families together longer.

Cynthia Ward's "Regenesis" explores the scientific, religious, and artistic implications of a new human ability to grow new body parts.

James Stewart's "Plato's Bastards" follows a man as he goes about his business while those about him are losing theirs.

In David Grinnel's "Top Secret" a Good Samaritan helps a stranger to his feet and is left trying to explain a strange impression.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars good light reading
I found the tales wide and varied but interesting. In any anthology there are some you like and a few not. Same hrer.
Published 4 days ago by Chip
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Some good some bad. Overall dated and not enough depth in many stories,
Published 5 days ago by George D. Nixon
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great selections!
Published 28 days ago by BTrue
5.0 out of 5 stars i really liked reading these sifi short stories
i really liked reading these sifi short stories, I enjoy reading old stories, sometimes the writing is a little different which I like. I'm going to order another megabuck.
Published 1 month ago by fwbgirl
4.0 out of 5 stars great reading bargain
Ayn Rand's "Anthem", like the majority of her writing, is a plodding, didactic waste of the space time continuum. That is why I didn't give the volume five stars.
Published 1 month ago by eutaxia
5.0 out of 5 stars A real blast from the past
So much better that the fantasy fiction of today, these stories are all complete and great for that short stop waiting for the train to arrive.
Published 1 month ago by Tombo242
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable rare stories....
I find these short stories very fun to read, reminding me of why I became a SF fan in my youth. Most of them demand some wit, intuition and imagination from the reader, common back... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars The best sci fi
He's the best. And not everybody can write sci fi, these authors are scientists and genius.

Sometimes reading the books of the '50s and '60s I laugh when the story leads... Read more
Published 2 months ago by flaviarasendyll
4.0 out of 5 stars Sci-Fi
I have always been an Isaac Asimov fan and this book presents some of his greatest works, of course reading science fiction is always a great pleasure.
Published 3 months ago by George Pauline
5.0 out of 5 stars Great SF short stories
Great SF short stories from a number of authors
Some simple concepts and some very complex
Great reading
Must buy
Published 3 months ago by CVR
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More About the Author

Jason Andrew lives in Seattle, Washington with his wife Lisa. He is a member of the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, the Horror Writer's Association, and the International Association of Media Tie-In Writers.

By day, he works as a mild-mannered technical writer. By night, he writes stories of the fantastic and occasionally fights crime. As a child, Jason spent his Saturdays watching the Creature Feature classics and furiously scribbling down stories. His first short story, written at age six, titled 'The Wolfman Eats Perry Mason' was severely rejected. It also caused his Grandmother to watch him very closely for a few years.

His short fiction has appeared in markets such as Shine: An Anthology of Optimistic SF (Harper Collins), Frontier Cthulhu: Ancient Horrors in the New World (Chaosium), and IN SITU (Dagan Books). In 2011, his story "Moonlight in Scarlet" received an honorable mention in Ellen Datlow's List for Best Horror of the Year.

In addition, Jason has written for a number of role-playing games such as Call of Cthulhu, Shadowrun, and Vampire: The Masquerade. His most recent projects include Hunters Hunted 2 (The Onyx Path), Anarchs Unbound (The Onyx Path), and Atomic Age Cthulhu: Terrifying Tales of the Mythos Menace (Chaosium). Most recently, he served as the Developer for Mind's Eye Theatre: Vampire The Masquerade rom By Night Studios.

For more information, visit Jason Andrew on the web at

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