- 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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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.
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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.
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
What You Need (Twilight Zone episode of same name was based on this story)
A Gnome There Was
The Voice of the Lobster
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Ready for some mostly light reading in the classic Sci-Fi vein? Look no further. "Mimsy" alone is worth the price of the book.Published 4 months ago by L. Moore
I've enjoyed most of the stories in this book. Science Fiction.Published 5 months ago by Thomas Taylor
Great collection, my favorite was the cautionary tale, The Big Night.Published 11 months ago by Robert Sommers
This is one of the all time greats of science fiction and a must readPublished 13 months ago by James O. Clough
Interesting stories, but, as is often true with this genre, the endings of some of the stories leave you hanging.Published 21 months ago by Randle Fenimore
I am a long time fan of Kuttner...like 40 years long time. But that was coming late for me, I started reading scifi in the 2nd grade. Read morePublished 21 months ago by C. Cox
I loved this when I was a kid, it was a sheer delight to find these stories again. Just as entertaining a read now as way back when.Published 22 months ago by Rick Beissner