- Hardcover: 1750 pages
- Publisher: The Library of America; Slp edition (September 27, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1598531573
- ISBN-13: 978-1598531572
- Product Dimensions: 5.4 x 3.2 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 27 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #854,852 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s: A Library of America Boxed Set Hardcover – September 27, 2012
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"Here's the heart of the heart of where those who take American science fiction seriously would want to begin -- the genre's equivalent of Hollywood's classical period, and the books subsequent creators like Thomas Pynchon and Stanley Kubrick used to bend their brains -- as well as a selection of novels as fresh and evocative as any hungry reader could hope to discover." — – Jonathan Lethem
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GARY K. WOLFE, editor, is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and the author, most recently, of Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature and Sightings: Reviews 2002–2006. He has received numerous awards for his critical writing including the British Science Fiction Association Award and the World Fantasy Award. He writes a monthly review column for Locus Magazine.
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Richard Matheson's "Shrinking Man" is in here and if you haven't read it, do. It is a great story and a good deal different than the 1957 Grant Williams movie.
I've purchased Library of America books before and the only complaint I can make about them is that the pages are so thin, the print on the far side shows through and distracts from the reading some.
*Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
*Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
*Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
*Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
*Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
*Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
*James Blish, A Case of Conscience
*Algis Budrys, Who?
*Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
I had to go to the LOA website to find out.
They're great books and I have other Library of America books that are beautifully made so 5 stars
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As science fiction changed over the years, some of the directions taken were great and made wonderful reading, other directions were not quite as enjoyable to me, but I always missed the way it started. This compilation of novels is absolutely wonderful. It's like being taken back to the early years of science fiction writing.
For the younger readers of science fiction, that have not had the opportunity to experience this style of writing, I highly encourage your buying this set and enjoying it. You will fall in love with a totally different style, and one that set the bar for future writers.
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