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The Road to Science Fiction Volume 4: From Here to Forever Paperback – November 1, 1996

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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.

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...it remains as successful a survey of recent SF as one could wish, essential to every library and every scholar or teacher of the field. -- Analog
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  • Paperback: 608 pages
  • Publisher: White Wolf Publishing (November 1, 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1565048229
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565048225
  • Product Dimensions: 6.2 x 1.8 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,060,778 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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7 of 7 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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The entire six volume set is a must-have for any serious student of science fiction. The introduction by James Gunn is a wealth of historical and literary information on the development of the genre. Having examples of the authors, styles, and types of stories Mr. Gunn refers to makes the collection whole and self-contained. A treat for the long-time reader and a fantastic jumping off point for those new to the genre.
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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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