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The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories [Kindle Edition]

Lester del Rey , Ben Bova , James Blish , Reginald Bretnor , Philip K. Dick , Frederic Brown , John Gregory Betancourt , Samuel R. Delany , Randall Garrett , Robert Silverberg
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (107 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short):

UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor
CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany
EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds
ONE-SHOT, by James Blish
ZEN, by Jerome Bixby
SENTIMENT, INC., by Poul Anderson
YEAR OF THE BIG THAW, by Marion Zimmer Bradley
HAPPY ENDING, by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds
RIYA’S FOUNDLING, by Algis Budrys
DEAD RINGER, by Lester del Rey
THE CRYSTAL CRYPT, by Philip K. Dick
THE JUPITER WEAPON, by Charles L. Fontenay
THE MAN WHO HATED MARS, by Randall Garrett
NAVY DAY, by Harry Harrison
THE JUDAS VALLEY, by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett
NATIVE SON, by T. D. Hamm
JUBILEE, by Richard A. Lupoff
FINAL CALL, by John Gregory Betancourt

And don't forget to check out all the other volumes in the "Megapack" series! Search on "Megapack" in the ebook store to see the complete list...covering more science fiction volumes, plus adventure stories, military, fantasy, ghost stories, westerns, and much more!

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  • File Size: 891 KB
  • Print Length: 423 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (February 9, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004NNVWL6
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78 of 78 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Old Science Fiction May 1, 2011
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These 25 science fiction stories are from the early years of the genre's development and some show their age in plot clichés and out-of-date science. It's worth looking beneath the surface to appreciate creative stories that were innovative in their time. The collection suffers from the absence of an overall introduction and omission of introductions to the individual stories. Many of these stories have influenced later science fiction--it would be interesting to see this spelled out.

Five of the better stories--

Frederic Brown's "Arena" was made into a Star Trek episode which pitted William Shatner against an unknown stunt man in a rubber reptile suit. This original story of a human versus a well-rounded alien in a fight to the death is better.

C. M. Kornbluth's "The Little Black Bag" hints at a future where many people aren't too bright. One of them loses a bag of medical instruments all the way into the past. And somebody finds it.

Frederic Brown's "Earthmen Bearing Gifts" could have been a Ray Bradbury story about human exploration of Mars. Brown's Martians have not yet revealed their existence and wait for Earth's first contact with their planet. Location, location, location.

Peter Baily's "Accidental Death" is the survivor's account of a mission to an alien planet where nearly everything goes badly. Fortunately he has made it back to Earth with his insights about why.

Lester Del Ray's "Dead Ringer" follows Dane Phillips as he tries to prove the existence of hidden aliens among us with amazing powers of physical regeneration. If he only had proof...

Two get honorable mentions: Arthur Burks' "Monsters of Moyen" exhibits nearly every cliché of old-school science fiction.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Some great stories here June 9, 2011
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Some great and not so great writing here and also some very purple pulpy prose that feels like it's for kids.

C.L. Moore's "Shambleau" is one of the creepiest stories this classic SF collector and reader has ever encountered. And it's also one of the most erotic despite it being entirely lacking in graphic description. Many so called erotic writers today could take a lesson from Moore here.

You'll see many of the endings coming from a mile away in many of these 'gems.' All in all, not bad at this price, but don't expect great writers at the top of their form.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars you need this book May 28, 2012
By chrisam
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Okay, I have reviewed volumes 2 & 3 in this series, and I hate to repeat myself. But, when a series is this great and this inexpensive, what else can I do but give it 5 stars and advise you to get all of them?

This one in particular contains classics such as "Arena" by Fredric Brown, "Shambleau" the sci-fi vampire legendary tale by C.L. Moore, "The Next Logical Step" by Ben Bova, and forgotten masterpieces such as "Dead Ringer" by Lester delRay. Yeah, that's delRay of delRay Books fame. Just so many brilliant stories collected in one convenient place on your kindle. What are you waiting for, a cheaper price?

To be fair, I should mention that there is no active table of contents.So it takes a bit of navigating to get to the story of your choice. This flaw has been corrected in vols 3-4. C,mon you can handle it.
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars 2013 revised version has replaced 5 stories February 27, 2012
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REVISED 11-27-13: When this first SF Megapack came out, there were many well-deserved, positive reviews (mine belatedy among them). That original version has been replaced by: (1) This "updated" edition bearing the original title, and (2) an identical and also "updated" edition now retitled "The First Science Fiction Megapack." Except for their titles, these two Megapacks are identical to each other--but NOT to the original which they both replace. These updated versions replace five stories in the original including "Shambleau," "Little Black Bag," and "Arena," frequently singled out for praise in older reviews of this collection; they have been removed and replaced by stories of (arguably) equal merit (such as the novel-length "Captives of the Flame," which I originally read as half of an Ace-Double many years ago and didn't particularly like).

Keep these changes in mind as you read the other (pre-2013) reviews, some of which offer specific comments no longer relevant to this Megapack's modified content, while still others make overall assessments based, in part, on the inclusion of those now-missing stories. (For those who may be interested, I have identified all 5 removed stories, their replacements, and where 4 of the 5 may be found elsewhere in the Kindle Store, in my review under the "First SF Megapack" title.)

For the present, we must judge this Megapack for what it NOW is: a mixed bag of qualitatively varied, highly entertaining, mostly old, SF tales well worth a dollar. (You can pay as much--or more--in the Kindle Store for "Captives of the Flame" alone.) Nevertheless, I personally prefer the stories it once contained to their replacements, but I still consider this a good collection.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
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This volume contains a number of classic science fiction stories. "Arena," by Fredric Brown (adapted in the 1960s for the original Star Trek TV series); "Shambleau," by C.L. Moore; and "The Little Black Bag," by C.M. Kornbluth are all world-class and worthy of the price of admission all by themselves. If you aren't familiar with these authors already, you're in for a treat.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun book! Good quality stories. Glad I found this
Published 6 days ago by Roxanne B. Nakamura
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic series
Published 1 month ago by Johnny L Gilbett
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed all the variety and intense storytelling of the authors
I have enjoyed all the variety and intense storytelling of the authors. The editors chose well and I look forward to finishing this book and moving on to the next one.
Published 2 months ago by herb gonzalez
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Interesting and diverse stories. THE ARENA is a classic.
Published 2 months ago by Robert M. Loftus
5.0 out of 5 stars good stuff!
great collection of impossible to find older style SF stories. loved it. highly recommended to anyone looking for classic SF short stories.
Published 2 months ago by Jersey Boy
4.0 out of 5 stars Quite a collection
Very good, reminded me of why I love short stories. New writers (to me) as well as many "Silverbacks" from my past!!
Published 3 months ago by Tim Parker
5.0 out of 5 stars great anthology
I found it to be a Totally enjoyable set of varying tales, times and worlds. Recommend it it and enjoy
Published 4 months ago by Chip
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining and enjoyable throughout!
I wasn't sure about a compilation of short stories, but I enjoyed the variety of tales, and couldn't wait to get back to the book. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Joseph E. Soltis
5.0 out of 5 stars eBook download
Makes great reading for my ebook. I like that there are many stories in it so I got the whole series.
Published 5 months ago by Silver
3.0 out of 5 stars These stories are all in the public domain
I just thought people should know that these stories can be had for FREE from gutenberg-dot-org
of course maybe saving the time required to find and download all the stories... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Boomer59
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