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The farthest reaches Hardcover – January 1, 1968

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  • ASIN ‏ : ‎ B0006BVTWQ
  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Trident Press; First Edition (January 1, 1968)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Hardcover ‏ : ‎ 217 pages
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 1 pounds
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3.0 out of 5 stars Sorry, I wasn't transported to the Farthest Reaches
By 2theD on May 3, 2011
Taken as a whole, this collection isn't all too bad for 1968 considering when most of the supposed `science fiction' at the time was just a creative outlet for hippies, IMHO. The collection is good but I don't think it accomplishes what the editor expected when he called for: an exhibition of extreme escapism which science fiction offers its' readers. To quote, these stories should be `set only in farthest reaches of space beyond our solar system, in unimaginably distant galaxies which reflect all those qualities which Mr. Clarke so rightly claimed as our true goals in space.'

I don't what the editor, Joseph Elder, was known for in the science fiction community, but it appears his only contributions have been this collection and another entitled [[ASIN:0671777203 Eros in Orbit]] (1973), which looks pretty sleazy.

Brian W. Aldiss: The Worm That Flies - 2/5 - A stone collecting immortal worm on a far-flung planet around a dying star amid a galaxy of perishing novas with philosophical trees and temperamental gorilla-men... I'm not sure where Aldiss was going with this. 20 pages

Poul Anderson: Kyrie - 4/5 - Ship approaches a supernova and on board are a human telepath linked to a energy-being who is being employed to probe the intricacies of the nova but at what cost to the telepath? 13 pages

J.G. Ballard: Tomorrow is a Million Years - 4/3 - Shipwrecked man on a desert planet hallucinates fictional nautical ships while awaiting rescue. The time dilation involved means he'll arrive back home seven years after leaving, and hopefully to a brighter future. 13 pages

John Brunner: Pond Water - 4/5 - Alexander, the ultimate robot, is given a supreme metallic body and a expansive knowledge, allowing it to control earth, the colonies and eventually the galaxy but there in one thing it will never control. 13 pages

Terry Carr: The Dance of the Changer and the Three - 2/5 - A gas planet home to energy-beings is also the source of very heavy metals, but the locals aren't so logical or clear and this doesn't stop a mining company from coming in and, eventually, having to deal with the consequences. 16 pages

Arthur C. Clarke: Crusade - 4/5 - Perpetually mid-galactic superconductive sentient planet sends near-absolute zero envoys o regional galaxies in search for life but only finds one race liquid hydrogen oxide beings. 6 pages

John Jakes: Ranging - 3/5 - Teenaged galactic surveyors jump millions of light-years to plot the neighborhood but they have ambitions to jump further- to trillions of light-years, if it just wasn't for the oversight of the Monitors. 15 pages

Keith Laumer: Mind Out of Time - 3/5 - FLT craft zips beyond Mars orbit on her maiden voyage but the pilots have the crazy idea to hammer the throttle and see where (or when or how) it takes them. 15 pages

James McKimmey: The Inspector - 5/5 - Earth Central investigates the extra-vehicular orbital death of a famous young man of the colonized planet Tnp, who are experiencing a pragmatic Greek-era revival. 20 pages

Robert Silverberg: To the Dark Star - 2/5 - A trio of scientists (one human, one pan-human, one alien) approach and explore an ancient derelict of a collapsed star, where the humans succumb to petty bickering. (You'll have to suspend any knowledge you have of collapsed stars and supernovae). 12 pages

Norman Spinrad: A Night in Elf Hill - 3/5 - A space merchant nears mandatory retirement after eighteen years of service and write a letter to his brother begging him to talk him out of returning to a planet which hosts a secret relic offering the unequalled joys of a lost race. 14 pages

Jack Vance: Sulwen's Planet - 3/5 - Bickering comparative linguists beset themselves with the chance to research two alien derelicts on a deserted planet. 15 pages
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