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Emulating You've Got to Read This (1994), this sizable collection consists of stories that influenced famous writers during their upbringings. The difference is that this is a genre anthology and the influenced authors in question are the editors; these are their personal favorites. Given those limitations, the chosen tales are varied and entertaining, and the work of relative unknowns as well as late, great genre veterans. The enduring classics include Arthur C. Clarke's "Rescue Party," featuring aliens who scour Earth for survivors before the sun goes nova; John W. Campbell's "Who Goes There?" which inspired the Hollywood monster flick The Thing; and Isaac Asimov's "The Last Question," which speculatively traces the evolution of computer intelligence into the far future. One surprising entry is an early sf tale on interstellar exploration by Pulitzer Prize-winning historical novelist Michael Shaara. With the emphasis on pulp sf from the 1940s and '50s, fans get to discover some lost gems among the forgotten (and remembered) classics. Carl Hays
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About the Author

David Drake was attending Duke University Law School when he was drafted. He served the next two years in the Army, spending 1970 as an enlisted interrogator with the 11th armored Cavalry in Viet Nam and Cambodia. Upon return he completed his law degree at Duke and was for eight years Assistant Town Attorney for Chapel Hill, North Carolina. He has been a full-time freelance writer since 1981. Besides the bestselling Hammer's Slammers series, his books for Baen include With the Lightnings and its sequel Lt. Leary, Commanding, Ranks of Bronze, Starliner, All the Way to the Gallows, Redliners, and many more. His most recent novels are Paying the Piper, a new Hammer's Slammers novel, and The Far Side of the Stars, the latest in the popular Lt. Leary series.
Jim Baen has been the editor of Galaxy magazine, of Ace Books, of Tor Books, and has for two decades helmed Baen Books, a powerhouse in science fiction publishing and the world's leading publisher of military science fiction.
Eric Flint's impressive first novel, Mother of Demons (Baen), was selected by SF Chronicle as one of the best novels of 1997. His next solo novel, 1632, sold out its first hardcover printing and went back to press almost immediately, and received enthusiastic critical praise. With David Drake he has written five popular novels in the Belisarius series. Flint has also begun a highly-praised fantasy adventure series, so far comprising The Philosophical Strangler and Forward the Mage. Flint received his masters degree in history from UCLA and was for many years a labor union activist. He lives in East Chicago, IN, with his wife. --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 752 pages
  • Publisher: Baen (May 26, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0281051887
  • ISBN-13: 978-0281051885
  • ASIN: B000VYINR2
  • Product Dimensions: 6.1 x 1.3 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.8 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,842,439 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Army took David Drake from Duke Law School and sent him on a motorized tour of Viet Nam and Cambodia with the 11th Cav, the Blackhorse. He learned new skills, saw interesting sights, and met exotic people who hadn't run fast enough to get away.

Dave returned to become Chapel Hill's Assistant Town Attorney and to try to put his life back together through fiction making sense of his Army experiences.

Dave describes war from where he saw it: the loader's hatch of a tank in Cambodia. His military experience, combined with his formal education in history and Latin, has made him one of the foremost writers of realistic action SF and fantasy. His bestselling Hammer's Slammers series is credited with creating the genre of modern Military SF. He often wishes he had a less interesting background.

Dave lives with his family in rural North Carolina.

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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful By HaloJonesFan on February 8, 2005
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I'm conflicted about how to review this, because--on the one hand--I'd read a good three-quarters of the stuff in it before (in some cases, quite a long time before.) On the other hand, there was some new stuff, and the "liner notes" for each story were often interesting. You could probably put together a very good literature class around the stories in this volume.

On the gripping hand...riffing on classic sci-fi is a bit pretentious. with most compilations of early sci-fi, this is a good selection of famous short stories. If you're looking for a book to get someone started on science fiction (or trying to give some culture to someone who buys John Ringo for the covers) then you couldn't go far wrong with "World Turned Upside-Down". Be warned, though, that the content in some of the stories is a rather PG-13 (and some of them involve themes that younger kids simply won't get.)
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By average on August 3, 2007
Format: Paperback
The three editors in this case have put together a selection of stories that influenced them as kids, some are obscure, some most definitely not. Certainly an interesting bunch, and definitely no junk here.

Rescue Party - Arthur C. Clarke
The Menace from Earth - Robert A. Heinlein
Code Three [Clay Ferguson] - Rick Raphael
Hunting Problem - Robert Sheckley
Black Destroyer [Beagle] - A. E. van Vogt
A Pail of Air - Fritz Leiber
Thy Rocks and Rills - Robert Ernest Gilbert
A Gun for Dinosaur [Reginald Rivers]
Goblin Night [Telzey Amberdon] - James H. Schmitz
The Only Thing We Learn - C. M. Kornbluth
Trigger Tide - Wyman Guin
The Aliens - Murray Leinster
All the Way Back - Michael Shaara
The Last Command [Bolo] - Keith Laumer
Who Goes There? [as by Don A. Stuart] - John W. Campbell, Jr.
Quietus - Ross Rocklynne
Answer - Fredric Brown
The Last Question - Isaac Asimov
The Cold Equations - Tom Godwin
Shambleau [Northwest Smith] - C. L. Moore
Turning Point - Poul Anderson
Heavy Planet [with Frederik Pohl] - Lee Gregor
Omnilingual - H. Beam Piper
The Gentle Earth - Christopher Anvil
Environment - Chester S. Geier
Liane the Wayfarer [Dying Earth] - Jack Vance
Spawn - P. Schulyer Miller
St. Dragon and the George [Jim Eckert] - Gordon R. Dickson
Thunder and Roses - Theodore Sturgeon

An alien survey ship is surprised to find that the Earth system sun is going nova well ahead of schedule, and gets in trouble itself when it goes to look for people to save and can't find signs of life, until much later.

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20 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Geoffrey A. Landis on June 18, 2005
Format: Hardcover
From the title and the cover painting, you would expect this to be alternate history, but the cover and title are extremely misleading. It is, in fact, an anthology of old "classic" science fiction stories. Two of the three editors of this compilation--Drake, and Flint-- are two of the most popular authors at Baen books, and Jim Baen, of course, is the publisher. The stated purpose of the collection is to showcase works that "turned the world upside down" for the editors-- the science fiction stories that shaped and focussed their thinking at a young age. So the book gives you a window to see what the classic SF influences were on (at least some of) the works that Baen Books publishes. Each story comes with an introduction or afterward (or both), by one of the three editors, explaining why this story was selected, and how it "turned the world upside down" for them. The stories range from 1933 ("Shambleau") to 1967 ("The Last Command"). Some have been highly reprinted; others never before in book form.

With that said, the quality of the stories is amazingly erratic. Some of them are genuine SF classics. Some of them are feel-good stories, fun plots but not well written. A handful of the stories are simply awful: "Code Three," for example, by justly-forgotten author Rick Raphael, is bad in almost every possible way: unbelievable society, wooden characters, no noticible plot, laughable speculation. Even this, though, is in its way a useful reminder not to look at the past with gilded glasses-- it wasn't all wonderful, some of it was forgettable indeed.

Overall, a good addition to a library of old classics of sf.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Donald J. Bingle on October 27, 2006
Format: Paperback
Far from a collection of the best scifi of the last seventy-five years, this is, instead, a gathering of scifi stories that the editors thought were noteworthy when they encountered them long ago (or in some cases, other stories by authors they thought were noteworthy for their novel length efforts). Some are genuinely great or noteworthy because of their impact on the field (e.g., Thunder and Roses), but far too many are ponderously long, like those Twilight Zone episodes of yesteryear that had reasonably cool ideas, but just were twice as long as they needed to be (e.g., Code Three, The Gentle Earth). Others have admittedly illogical plots (e.g., The Cold Equations) or are admittedly filled with purple prose (e.g., Spawn). Too many of the editorial comments before and after the stories touch on what wasn't included because it was too long or too often anthologized elsewhere. I would have preferred more editorial comments on the chronological context of the stories and on what they influenced or were influenced by in the field of science fiction writing. The simple mechanics of indicating the year of the story at its beginning (you can check the copyright info at the front if you want to flip back and forth) would have been helpful and interesting. I also agree with other reviewers that the title and the cover of the anthology are misleading, suggesting alternate history stories (the actual theme is revealed in the text on the inside jacket--but you shouldn't have to read that to get the feel of an anthology's theme). Overall, not as good or as instructive as I had hoped it would be.
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