- Hardcover: 588 pages
- Publisher: Haffner Press; First Edition edition (August 6, 2010)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1893887189
- ISBN-13: 978-1893887183
- Product Dimensions: 9.2 x 6.2 x 1.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,214 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Detour to Otherness Hardcover – August 6, 2010
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There is a huge range of work here, told in several styles: from serious think-piece sci-fi about evolution and the future of humanity, to the hilarious Hogben tales, to the superb Galloway Gallegher stories. There is usualy a hint - or more than a hint - of dystopia here, and often none more chilling than in the background of the Galloway stuff. Thought-transference, AI takeovers of humanity, leprechauns...and a wartime story involving a baby, a gorilla and Nazi spies which is just a great romp from start to finish. There is something here for everyone, assuming if you like classic sci-fi in a short story format.
Having read some earlier Kuttner and Moore, I am surprised by the focus on children and childhood in a lot of these stories - that might be a common theme, and I will simply note that as far as I know they were in fact childless, and leave it at that. Certainly the stories are aimed at adults - its quite dark in places, complex, and not at all YA.Read more ›
I discovered them when I bought the "Hogben Chronicles" (via kickstarter THANK YOU F. Paul Wilson), then I read "Robots Have No Tails" (the complete collected Gallegher stories). Both are brilliant books & I envy anyone reading them for the first time. I was concerned I had read the cream of the crop first, since I had heard so much about the mutant hillbillies & the drunk inventor. I had been looking at ALL the short story collections & was wondering where to go next. I found & ordered "Mutant" (the complete collected Baldie stories) & enjoyed it very much, but again where to go next with all the overlap. Then I saw this volume. I immediately noticed there was minimal overlap with books I already owned & it included 24 (not the usual 10) stories including "The Ego Machine" novella, so I grabbed a copy. I can not recommend it highly enough. It turns out there were only 1100 copies of this book printed. Like the "Hogben Chronicles" if you can find a copy (anywhere) JUST BUY IT you will not be disappointed.
In a very real sense they dominated the science fiction field during World War II, and helped pave the way for future writers by de-emphasizing hard science in favor of sociology and psychology. Plus they were so much fun to read!
These 24 stories might not be their best nor their most famous--you won't find "Vintage Season", or "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" or "No Woman Born" here--but "Return to Otherness" is a terrific collection nonetheless, and it is a delight to have these fine tales preserved in hard cover at last.