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The Futurians: The Story of the Science Fiction "Family" of the 30's That Produced Today's Top SF Writers and Editors Hardcover – 1977

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Damon Knight was an American science fiction author, editor, critic and fan. His forte was short stories and he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre. He was a member of the Futurians, an early organization of the most prominent SF writers of the day. He founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA), the primary writers' organization for genre writers, as well as the Milford Writers workshop and co-founded the Clarion Writers Workshop. He edited the notable Orbit anthology series, and received the Hugo and SFWA Grand Master award. The award was later renamed in his honor. He was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm. More books from Damon Knight are available at: http://ReAnimus.com/authors/damonknight --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 276 pages
  • Publisher: John Day (1977)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0381982882
  • ISBN-13: 978-0381982881
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 6.6 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,202,256 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
If your a fan of science fiction, and especially the early masters of sci-fi, I would recommend this book to you. It's a well written account of several legends (Asimov, Anderson, Kornbluth among others) and their interactions before they were famous and afterwards. Not only does it read like a novel because of Knight's style, but the interactions between the people are cause for the suspense that made me want to finish it in two days. The anecdotes and history of early sci-fi make this a must have for any fan.
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This is the fascinating story of the Futurians by a participant. Knight interviews his old friends and weaves his own memories with theirs into a mostly coherent whole. The only caveat, and one that does not impact the readers enjoyment, is that at times it can be hard to keep track of who Knight is quoting at any given time.
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Another retrospective piece from ReAnimus Press. This dovetails nicely with other books about the 'golden age of science fiction' - Fred Pohl's memoir, Heinlein's bio, Asimov's autobiography, etc.
Knight offers personal recollections as well as interviews with other Futurians.
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Format: Hardcover
Damon Knight offers a simple and direct account of the early years in the lives of some of Science Fictions great writers. Most notable are Frederick Pohl and Issac Asimov. While joining the group late he manages to paint fair portrait of the early years through interveiws and a few remaining written records of the time, namley Asimov's journal and their communal house newsletters. The reader can draw his own conclusions about the group in-fighting and personality clashes. As a whole it is a fascinating story of the avant garde culture of the late '30s and early '40s. Its one weakness is that Knight jumps around chronologically, often jumping forward or backward several years during the recounting of a single incident. It is also difficult to determine who is recounting the story; sometimes there are first person accounts from Knight, a quote from someone during an interview years later, or a retelling of an event by an eye witness other than Knight. I would recommend this book only to the serious sci-fi fan.
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Format: Hardcover
I'm a science fiction collector and I find this book a good reference to the early years of SF fandom.
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