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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s Hardcover – September 27, 2012
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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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In my opinion the nine novels are all among the best science fiction novels of the 1950s. There are some favorite authors missing, including Kurt Vonnegut, who has his own set of Library of America volumes, and Ray Bradbury, who may someday also have his own volume. But the selections are excellent and the presentation fine.
Plus, to buy the least expensive mass market paperbacks of the nine would cost significantly more than the price of these volumes.
Like all such anthologies, some selections and omissions are contestable. Heinlein's Double Star, one of his best written novels, is included. But as a Science Fiction novel, Double Star is relatively weak and one or more of Heinlein's other 1950s novels like Rocket Ship Galileo or Starship Troopers, could have been selected. Leigh Brackett's The Long Tomorrow is selected as a post-holocaust novel but the best post-holocaust novel, Walter Miller's A Canticle for Leibowitz, is not. Similarly, some truly original and outstanding books such as Ward Moore's pioneering and very interesting parallel world novel, Bring The Jubilee, or Edgar Pangborn's A Mirror for Observers are not included.
Having published this book and a set of Philip Dick novels, I hope Library of America continues to publish more work in this important and distinctive branch of American literature.
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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The Long Tomorrow and The Big Time were very poor choices. Confining themselves to the 50s the editors could easily have selected Canticle for Leibowitz, Starship Troopers, City,... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Conan
From what many consider the beginning of the golden age of sf novel writing, this two volume collection includes nine classic novels, some now difficult to find. Read morePublished 6 months ago by R N Anderson
This beautifully-bound, two volume collection is the perfect gift for any science fiction fan. During the 1950s, the Cold War, the atomic bomb, and the ghosts of World War Two... Read morePublished 15 months ago by Kerry
Good collection of books included in the collection. It's neat how these stories from the '50s and early '60s still hold up so well today. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Me
This is more of a very short review of the physical product rather than the contents within.
So, while the box does look beautiful, be weary of how you handle the... Read more
If you like classic Science Fiction this is a must get, and it also makes a great gift. It contains Nine classic novels from the greats in the field, all written in the early... Read morePublished on April 1, 2014 by Wulfstan
This is a respectful collection; the Library of America has printed these stories on the best paper with the finest print they've probably ever seen in the sixty years or so since... Read morePublished on December 6, 2013 by Neurasthenic