- Hardcover: 305 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press; Book Club (BCE/BOMC) edition (1976)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003HFP9VA
- Product Dimensions: 8.3 x 5.8 x 1 inches
- Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,776,786 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Galactic Empires Volume 1 Hardcover – 1976
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The first stepping stones is Mars, then the plumed beauty of the winged planet, the telepathic wizardry of a world yearning to bestow utopia upon earthlings, the hospital plant that dispenses immortality to space Gods, and finally, the foundation is laid atop the rubble of fallen star systems - an Empire, vast and glorious, stretching from galactic horizon to the oracle planet of the future... Terminus.
Shaped by a unique vision, GLACTIC EMPIRES is a brilliant mosaic of a quarter century of the best writing in science fiction. It is both a chronicle of man's outward move from Earth and a collection of fourteen original views of space conquest. Volume One tells of galactic war and the rise of an Empire, Volume Two follows the Empire's destiny and man's ultimate destiny in space...
* Been a Long Long Time - R. A. Lafferty
* The Possessed - Arthur C. Clarke
* Protected Species - H. B. Fyfe
* All the Way Back - Michael Shaara
* The Star Plunderer - Poul Anderson
* Foundation [short story] - Isaac Asimov
* We're Civilized - Mark Clifton and Alex Apostolides
* The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal - Cordwainer Smith
* The Rebel of Valkyr - Alfred Coppel
* Brightness Falls from the Air - Margaret StClair
* Immigrant - Clifford D. Simak
* Resident Physician - James White
* Age of Retirement - Mal Lynch
* Planting Time - Pete Adams & Charles Nightingale
He also claims to want to rescue magazine stories, as anthologists only look at other anthologies!?
Neither of which makes sense when you see what he has done. Of all people you would list as needing to be rescued from obscurity, Isaac Asimov and Arthur C. Clarke would probably be last and second last on the list. Even more so in 1976.
Some other decent choices here though, and he divides the book up into a few sections, the last being on medicine in space.
Galactic Empires 1 : Been a Long Long Time - R. A. Lafferty
Galactic Empires 1 : The Possessed - Arthur C. Clarke
Galactic Empires 1 : Protected Species - H. B. Fyfe
Galactic Empires 1 : All the Way Back - Michael Shaara
Galactic Empires 1 : The Star Plunderer - Poul Anderson
Galactic Empires 1 : Foundation [short story] - Isaac Asimov
Galactic Empires 1 : We're Civilized - Mark Clifton and Alex Apostolides
Galactic Empires 1 : The Crime and the Glory of Commander Suzdal - Cordwainer Smith
Galactic Empires 1 : The Rebel of Valkyr - Alfred Coppel
Galactic Empires 1 : Brightness Falls from the Air - Margaret StClair
Galactic Empires 1 : Immigrant - Clifford D. Simak
Galactic Empires 1 : Resident Physician - James White
Galactic Empires 1 : Age of Retirement - Mal Lynch
Galactic Empires 1 : Planting Time - Pete Adams & Charles Nightingale
Or hopefully will be, before another monkeys and Shakespeare story.
2.5 out of 5
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