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The Best of C. L. Moore Mass Market Paperback – November 12, 1980

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Del Rey; 2nd paperback printing edition (November 12, 1980)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345289528
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345289520
  • Product Dimensions: 6.9 x 4.1 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,767,964 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I cannot believe that this book is out of print. It is a true classic of the genre. Both of Moore's most famous heroes, Jirel and Northwest Smith, are represented here. The two classic tales 'Shambleau' and 'Black God's Kiss' are here, as are the brilliant 'No Woman Born' (one of the first cyborg stories --- the forerunner of the Bionic Woman!) Buy it!
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The classic early SF/fantasy tales by Catherine Moore were so far ahead of their time that the extent of her influence is mind-boggling. In fact, many modern authors may consider themselves heavily influenced by other authors who were themselves heavily influenced by Moore. The short stories collected here are all from the 1930s and 1940s, and you can easily see Moore's insistent influence on vast realms of fantastic fiction. The stupendous "Shambleau," dealing with a bizarre alien predator that oozes terrifying sexual tension, broke so much new ground in science fiction, horror, and goth that the reader will be astounded to learn that it's from 1933. A year later Moore probably invented the fantasy femme fatale in "Black God's Kiss," featuring the amazingly butt-kicking (for 1934) heroine Jirel of Joiry, who hates her male oppressor so much that she recruits the very forces of hell to taste revenge. Moore may have also invented the cyborg (and a female one, no less) in "No Woman Born," while three different tales here make early inroads into the unknown horrors of time travel, most notably "Greater than Gods" in which a man learns that both of the paths he may take in an important life decision will lead to the downfall of humanity. The late Catherine Moore deserves vast appreciation and respect from historically-minded readers in several different genres of fantastic fiction. This enthralling collection shows why - relentlessly. [~doomsdayer520~]
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Moore is classic. This is a nice selection of her little-known works. If you are a lover of Science Fiction, then this is a must. Her first published story, Shambleau, left the bleak, mechanical, and apathetic elements of the genre behind and paved the way for science fiction writers to create worlds and characters with warmth, personality, color, sexual drive, and love.

Using the pen name C.L. Moore, many readers didn't know if the author was a male or female. However, forty years after being published, Catherine Lucille Moore (1911-1987) was honored at a World Science Fiction Convention banquet. The speech to accompany the presentation was never made because—upon hearing the title Shambleau—the 2,000 people in attendance rose to their feet and began shouting and clapping.

This is a priceless addition to any science fiction collection.
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Format: Kindle Edition Verified Purchase
This collection of stories were published during the Golden Age Of Science Fiction during the 1930s and 40s. They represent an author who works rival those of H.P. Lovecraft, Robert E. Howard and Edger Rice Burroughs.
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By Glorianna on October 16, 2015
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I have loved this book for decades. My hardcover edition is showing the ravages of time, so I was thrilled to find this as a Kindle edition.

It is a classic and still reads amazingly well now.
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Format: Hardcover
Catherine Lucille Moore was one of the leading lights of early sci-fi and fantasy, and her prose is lovely. However, I was never quite blown away by the stories. I think I was expecting too much.

According to the introduction, Moore was one of the first (or the first) to write sci-fi from a more emotional perspective. "Her early stories were notable for their emphasis on the senses and emotions, which was highly unusual at the time." -Wikipedia Also she is lauded for her very alien aliens and her use of romance.

While I appreciate the stories for how groundbreaking they were, I must admit I was not that impressed by what they are. I've read too much that took her work as inspiration and spun off into further realms. I find these stories good, even very good, just not amazing. And I was really hoping for amazing.

The first two stories star her space outlaw, Northwest Smith. Each story is solid, creepy, well plotted, but the themes are so similar that I think they suffer by juxtaposition.

There are a selection of other sci-fi stories on various subjects: potential futures, time travelers of multiple stripes, cyborgs, alien worlds, and more. There's an odd spin on the Lillith story, and my favorite story was "Daemon", a unconventional fantasy piece about the nature of souls.

I don't fault Moore that I am born too late to fully appreciate much of this volume. I am thankful that I have read so many great books inspired by her work. Nowadays almost all work integrates the emotional into the SF, but I suppose it didn't have to be that way. Someone had to be the first.
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
A writer of some style and talent, from planetary romance and sword and sorcery, to standard science fiction, fantasy and moore. An impressive group of stories, as this best of averages an excellent 3.75.

Best of C. L. Moore : Shambleau - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Black Thirst - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : The Bright Illusion - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Black God's Kiss - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Tryst in Time - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Greater Than Gods - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Fruit of Knowledge - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : No Woman Born - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Daemon - C. L. Moore
Best of C. L. Moore : Vintage Season - C. L. Moore

Shoot vampire gorgon women, don't ask them in for dinner.

4.5 out of 5

"Not even the lowest class of Venusian street-walker dared come along the waterfronts of Ednes on the nights when the space-liners were not in. Yet across the pavement came clearly now the light tapping of a woman's feet."

This leads him to monstrous vampiric alien, and to the aid of one his thralls, above.

""The-Guardians-still rove the halls, and unleashed now -so keep your ray-gun ready, Earthman. . , ."

4 out of 5

High priestess wants to go.

3.5 out of 5

An escape from a captor leads Jirel basically into a Clark Ashton Smith story, and a passionate revenge.

4 out of 5

Adventure volunteer's woman repeats.

3 out of 5

Girl surplus probability plane past contact conquest conflict choices.

3 out of 5

"Why," he stammered, "you...you're the Queen of Air and Darkness."

3.5 out of 5

High performance machine act.

4 out of 5

Captain's plan doesn't Pan out.

4 out of 5

Past holiday.

4 out of 5

4.5 out of 5
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