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The Road to Science Fiction: From Here to Forever (Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press)) Paperback

ISBN-13: 978-0810846708 ISBN-10: 0810846705

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  • Series: Road to Science Fiction (Scarecrow Press) (Book 4)
  • Paperback: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Scarecrow Press (July 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810846705
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810846708
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,438,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This is the fourth volume of James Gunn's critical anthology series, The Road to Science Fiction, and like its predecessors it is packed with some of the best stories ever published. There are 33 pieces in all, written by acknowledged masters such as Walter M. Miller, Stanislaw Lem, James Tiptree Jr., Thomas M. Disch and Gregory Benford. In this volume Gunn has dropped the theme of "importance to the genre" and instead favored "quality of writing" because, he says, it's too soon to say what far-reaching impact these stories will have. If Gunn's any judge, they will have quite a bit. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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 The Road to Science Fiction can be read as an historical document, one that says much about Gunn, his mind, and his take on sf as it does about the state of sf from its roots to its full maturity as a genre.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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Terence Chua on October 17, 2000
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If I ever got around to teaching a class on Science Fiction, these books would be at the core of the syllabus, along with Brian Aldiss' Trillion Year Spree. James Gunn, more noted for his academic treatment of SF than what he's actually written (of which "The Immortal", which was turned into a TV series, is probably the most famous), puts together an incredible collection of the best that SF has to offer. The first 2 volumes are out of print, but White Wolf (bless 'em!) brought the 3rd back into print and continued to publish Gunn's latest efforts into what started out as a chronological exploration (the first two volumes covered Gilgamesh to Wells to Heinlein) into a showcase of international takes on SF. He prefaces each story with a short essay about its author, and the context which the author's work appears in the framework he presents in each volume. If you're a veteran SF reader you'll be delighted at getting some of the best stories ever written under one cover. If you're new to SF, this is an excellent introduction to the genre and the infinite possibilities of it.
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By Joe on January 28, 2014
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Those of us who love classical old scifi want this in our collection. It took me a while but I think I have all of this set now. And I am keeping them forever.
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2 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Hammer685@AOL.com on March 29, 1999
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You might remember me, from the other Road To Science Fiction review. This, like the other, is a good collection. I really enjoyed "The Dance of the Changer and the Three" and it was really good. It really makes you think about what is truly alien. Anyway, this is perfect for any Sci-Fi fan.
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