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The Road to Science Fiction 5 Paperback – March 1, 1998


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  • Paperback: 600 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing (March 1, 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565041577
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565041578
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 1.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,331,965 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Randy Stafford VINE VOICE on September 2, 2003
Format: Paperback
Several novels are excerpted here. And one prominent one isn't: Mary Shelley's _Frankenstein_ which Gunn argues is a transition from the gothic but not yet fully in the camp of self-aware science fiction. Lt. Col. Sir George Tomkyns Chesney's _The Battle of Dorking_ is the first of those future war novels written by politicians and military men determined to influence public policy. Edwin A. Abbott's _Flatland_, still in print, is a charming tale of life and culture in a two-dimensional world. That incomparable giant of science fiction, Olaf Stapledon, is represented by a selection from _Star Maker_, narrated by a "cosmical mind" who views the life of the universe. (Though oddly, in this volume, Gunn barely mentions his importance to the genre. For that, you must consult volume two.) The title for the section on Richard Jeffries _After London; Or, Wild England_ is "The Craving for Catastrophe". It is a pastoral tale of a simpler life after an unexplained disaster has befallen the country.

That craving shows up in several more tales. Killer smog hits the city in Robert Barr's 1892 story "The Doom of London." "The Great Fog" of H. F. Heard wipes out worldwide civilization. Life gets extinguished on an alien planet in Arthur C. Clarke's much anthologized "The Star." "The Nature of the Catastrophe" in Michael Moorcock's story of that name is never really explained. An amalgam of newspaper excerpts and fiction, this story unfortunately shares the oblique prose and loose setting of his Jerry Cornelius novels. Not readable in its own right, it still gives you some idea of Moorcock's influence on the New Wave. Tanith Lee's "Written in Water" is a last woman on Earth tale. The world that may be destroyed by an artist in J. D. Beresford "A Negligible Experiment" is our own.
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By A Customer on April 15, 2000
Format: Paperback
The Road to Science Fiction: Vol. 5 is an incredible collection of some of the best works of British Authors in Science Fiction. Included are works by Clarke, but also by 30(or so) other authors. It was interesting to me that the collection was 30 stories, yet I had only read one of them. The highlight of this book for me is the short story, "The Hobbyist". It was a very exciting and chilling tale that leads you through many "clues" before you get to see the big picture. There are tales from the late 1800's all the way up to the publish date of the book. It does a good job of showing how British authors have progressed in a much more limited market than we have had in the US. I recommend this book highly to any sci-fi fan.
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