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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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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.
A great collection of science fiction stories that inspired writers of today. Don't let the age of these stories fool you. There are too many classics to mention here. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Picardfan007
This is older Science Fiction (1933 - 1967), but just as interesting and good as any Sci Fi written today.Published 18 months ago by Barry Palmer
I'm not a big Eric Flint fan, but he can pick a great team to sift through some of the best Sci-fi stories of the Golden Age. Read morePublished on February 8, 2013 by M. Sellers
I first got access to this by way of the Baen Free Library. I loved it so much I decided I had to have my own print copy to keep and cherish.Published on December 24, 2012 by The Alpaca Herder
This book is a collection of science fiction stories, some famous and some not-so-well known, that science fiction writers selected as helping to open their minds. Read morePublished on December 9, 2012 by Rick Cook
I thought that this would be an anthology of the stories that MANY science fiction writers found good during their formative years. Read morePublished on October 7, 2007 by Nysocboy
David Drake, Eric Flint and Jim Baen are a powerful combination of literary forces together in The World Turned Upside Down, in which publisher Baen joins with two top authors to... Read morePublished on September 2, 2006 by Midwest Book Review