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Best of Henry Kuttner Mass Market Paperback – March 12, 1975

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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 416 pages
  • Publisher: Ballantine Books; 1st Printing edition (March 12, 1975)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 034524415X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345244154
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 3.7 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,218,528 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Mass Market Paperback
If you want the best all-around collection of Henry Kuttner short stories, this is the book for you.

This collection includes: "Mimsy Were the Borogroves"; "The Twonky"; "What You Need"; "Two-Handed Engine"; "The Proud Robot"; "The Misguided Halo"; "The Voice of the Lobster"; "Exit the Professor"; "A Gnome There Was"; "The Big Night"; "Nothing but Gingerbread Left"; "The Iron Standard"; "Cold War"; "Or Else"; "Endowment Policy"; "Housing Problem"; and "Absalom."

My favorite story was "What You Need" just because the idea behind it was so clever and, too, because I love the classic Twilight Zone episode that was based on it.

This collection also includes a very good introduction by Ray Bradbury titled "Henry Kuttner: A Neglected Master" written in 1974, which offers insights as to why Kuttner was not lauded critically the way that Orwell, Vonnegut, Heinlein and Wells were. It also says a lot about Bradbury himself, at a time when he was at the height of his powers.

The short stories in this collection first appeared between 1939 and 1955 in magazines like Astounding Science Fiction, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Amazing Stories, Unknown, and The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and as such, they offer a glimpse of what those magazines were like at that time. It was an era when a writer could actually make a living writing short stories. As such, this book is a pearl of wisdom and history, and it should not be forgotten.

Stacey Cochran
Author of CLAWS available for 80 Cents
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Henry Kuttner was a master of thoughtful, humorous and bitter scifi. He was so prolific that he used at least 5 pen names, including Lewis Padgett. My all time favorite story is "Mimsy Were The Borogroves". If that story doesn't give you shudders, then you are no longer alive. His stuff was well written, well plotted and wonderfully presented. If you have never read Kuttner, I envy you. Reading him for the first time is an amazing experience. Please get this book, in whatever form you can.
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I love this book so much. I have a couple of copies, including a first edition. I kept waiting for it to hit Kindle. I find the plot of the book predictable, simply because I've read the darned thing a hundred times. For me the mood is Nostalgic because this is a book of my early teen years and so it makes me feel nostalgic.
If you like old school sci fi, filled with humor and pathos and brilliance, get this book. If only for The Proud Robot and Nothing But Gingerbread Left, it's totally worth the price.
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This book contains the classic "Mimsy were the Borogoves" from which the movie "The Last Mimsy" was adapted. It was adapted badly, as usual, since printed science fiction seldom translates well to the visual mediums of television and movies. "Mimsy" is one of the greatest stories Henry Kuttner ever wrote, and should be reread with every new generation. I've even used it as a basis for a lecture on how Kuttner's vision of educational toys from the future changing the thinking of two children came true less than 40 years after he wrote his story -- not millions of years as he predicted. The other stories in this volume range from light-hearted to serious and are all good reading.
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I loved his stuff years ago and lost the paperback that was called this tiltle but this seems to have more stories in it. This is one of the best authors of all time. Hopefuly robots have no tails has more stories I miss and or never had a chance to read too. Kindle eddition seems nice and readable. Wish they had all the Gallegher (read that it was in robots have no tails, itching left mouse button near the buy now tab), and all the Hogben stuff together, but they never do that. This i think has 1 of each. Well also where is the awesome time travel tale: "Happy ending"?!?
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I haven't read science fiction in years but I watched a movie "Mimsy..."(something with that word in it) and missed the ending so I went to IMDB to see what happened and in the "comment" section someone said the movie was based on a short story by Henry Kuttner called "Mimsy Were The Borogoves". I had never heard of Henry Kuttner so I came to Amazon and looked him up and found this book with the story in it along with an introduction by one of my all time favorite SiFi authors Ray Bradbury who raved about Kuttner. Ray was right about Kuttner. What a gifted writer! What a delightful read!
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If you have never read a Kuttner/Lewis Padgett (same guy) story, and you like golden age SF/F, you are in for a treat with this one.
He writes with warmth, humor, and most of all with fun for the reader in mind. His ideas, there were many and original, influenced those in the genre that wrote after him.
He was a mentor to Bradbury, and he put emphasis on telling a story for fun, without ever being preachy or the kind of writer that says my pen is bigger than yours. He wrote because he loved it.
We are lucky enough that he did.

This anthology includes 17 short stories, all in the 10-30 page range with most averaging around 15 pages in length. None of his early Lovecraft Mythos work is here, but a lot of his great stuff afterwards is.
Some of my favorites are
Mimsy Were the Borogoves
The Twonky
What You Need (Twilight Zone episode of same name was based on this story)
A Gnome There Was
The Voice of the Lobster

Enjoy!
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