- Series: Patterns in literary art
- Paperback: 428 pages
- Publisher: Glencoe/McGraw-Hill; 1 edition (January 1, 1972)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0070335044
- ISBN-13: 978-0070335042
- Product Dimensions: 6 x 1 x 9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,492,860 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Themes In Science Fiction 1st Edition
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These were the following stories that were in it, and the ones that affected me the most:
The Last of the Romany · Norman Spinrad
The Total Experience Kick · Charles Platt
Shortstack [Willy Shorts] · Walt & Leigh Richmond
Far from This Earth · Chad Oliver
Maelstrom II · Arthur C. Clarke
Founding Father · Isaac Asimov
Holdout · Robert Sheckley
The Cold Equations · Tom Godwin
The Father-Thing · Philip K. Dick
The Silk and the Song · Charles L. Fontenay
Eyebem · Gene Wolfe
Puppet Show · Fredric Brown
Look, You Think You've Got Troubles · Carol Carr
Young Girl at an Open Half-door · Fred Saberhagen
The Man Who Came Early · Poul Anderson
Soldier ["Soldier from Tomorrow"] · Harlan Ellison
The Good Provider · Marion Gross
A Message from Charity · William M. Lee
Witch War · Richard Matheson
Gomez · C. M. Kornbluth
Muse · Dean R. Koontz
The World of Myrion Flowers · Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth
X Marks the Pedwalk · Fritz Leiber
EPICAC · Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
The Last Command [Bolo] · Keith Laumer
Lost Memory · Peter Phillips
The Survivor · Walter F. Moudy
The Post-Mortem People · Peter Tate
The Travelin' Man · Leo P. Kelley
One Love Have I · Robert F. Young
Who Shall Dwell... · H. C. Neal
These many stories opened my eyes to the world of science fiction. They dealt with issues of war, life and death, the crush of the future against the memories of the past, anger, fear, self-preservation and so much more.
The stories that affected me the most was "The Cold Equations," "The Father-Thing", "Soldier", "A Message From Charity", "Gomez", "X Marks The Pedwalk", and especially "The Survivor."
"The Survivor" tells the story of a boy who "competes" in the War Games (kinda like the Olympics) between the United States and Russia, solving their conflict in a huge domed arena, and becomes the sole survivor of what I can tell is the very first time I read about "reality television" in science fiction.
The story itself reads powerfully, and the ending is even more powerful.
This book was created by McGraw-Hill in 1972 for high-school students. I read it and re-read it and re-read it until I knew each story by heart.
This book is essential for anyone who wants to really understand the Golden Age of science fiction as most of these were written in the late 50s and early 60s.
Many of the stories in this book have been borrowed and adapted into films and TV shows, from the original "The Outer Limits" to "The Twilight Zone" to even "Star Trek".
If you have one volume of science-fiction short stories that you will enjoy and definitely cherish, pick this up.
You'll be so very very glad you did.
Thanks for reading.