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The Road to Science Fiction: Volume 2: From Wells to Heinlein Paperback – August 27, 2002

ISBN-13: 978-0810844391 ISBN-10: 0810844397

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  • Paperback: 536 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (August 27, 2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810844397
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810844391
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,377,686 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Gunn is one of the preeminent science fiction scholars working in the field today, and his Road to Science Fiction historical anthology series has been called "as definitive an SF anthology as one can obtain," by Publishers Weekly. This third volume in the series collects the best work published between 1940 and 1977, showcasing such notable authors as Isaac Asimov, Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke and Ursula K. Le Guin. This is a must-have primer for both veteran SF fans and newcomers alike. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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An excellent introduction to the history of the genre. (The New York Times)

The best series, historically arranged, of SF anthologies ever assembled...All six volumes belong in the library of every university, school, and teacher and reader of science fiction. Gunn has gathered stories of importance to the development of SF and stories that represent the best writing of the genre. (Anatomy Of Wonder, 5Th Edition)

...provides one of the most comprehensive views of the field and should be required reading for all students of sf. It has withstood the test of time, with classic stories....Gunn's headnotes and introductions remain provocative, even years later. The Road to Science Fiction can be read as an historical document, one that says much about Gunn, his mind, and his take on sf as it does about the state of sf from its roots to its full maturity as a genre. (Science Fiction Studies)

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By bujoldfan on June 6, 2010
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Collection of arguably the most significant short science fiction stories of the period 1941 to 1972.
Contents:
1 * On the Road to Science Fiction: From Heinlein to Here * (1979) * essay by James E. Gunn
25 * "All You Zombies . . ." * (1959) * shortstory by Robert A. Heinlein (Nominated, 1980 Balrog Award)
40 * Reason * [Mike Donovan (Robot)] * (1941) * shortstory by Isaac Asimov
59 * Desertion * [City] * (1944) * shortstory by Clifford D. Simak
73 * Mimsy Were the Borogoves * (1943) * novelette by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore [as by Lewis Padgett ] (Basis of film, The Last Mimzy; Science Fiction Hall of Fame story)
107 * October 2026--The Million-Year Picnic * (1946) * shortstory by Ray Bradbury
119 * Thunder and Roses * (1947) * novelette by Theodore Sturgeon
143 * That Only a Mother * (1948) * shortstory by Judith Merril (Science Fiction Hall of Fame story)
155 * Brooklyn Project * (1948) * shortstory by William Tenn
168 * Coming Attraction * (1950) * shortstory by Fritz Leiber (Nominated, 2001 Retro Hugo Award, Best Short Story of 1950; Science Fiction Hall of Fame story)
181 * The Sentinel * (1951) * shortstory by Arthur C. Clarke (Partial basis for 2001: A Space Odyssey)
195 * Sail On! Sail On! * (1952) * shortstory by Philip José Farmer
207 * Critical Factor * (1953) * shortstory by Hal Clement
224 * Fondly Fahrenheit * (1954) * novelette by Alfred Bester (Science Fiction Hall of Fame story)
246 * The Cold Equations * (1954) * novelette by Tom Godwin (Science Fiction Hall of Fame story)
273 * The Game of Rat and Dragon * [The Instrumentality of Mankind] * (1955) * shortstory by Cordwainer Smith
290 * Pilgrimage to Earth * (1956) * shortstory by Robert Sheckley
304 * Who Can Replace a Man?
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Schultheis on January 10, 2005
Format: Paperback
After reading this as a text for a college course, I lost my copy. Then found one again and was amazed how still fresh and interesting these short stories are. I recommend this volume as a good start to reading Sci-Fi as the stories are some of the best ever and will only leave the reader hungry for more. The British Writer's version is a good one, too.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Perry Baldwin on May 13, 2007
Format: Paperback
An essential anthology that cover the "golden age" of SF (1940-1975). Every true SF fans needs this.
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