Steel: And Other Stories

Steel And Other Stories Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high tech Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots And former champions of flesh and blood are obsolete Richard Matheson s clas

  • Title: Steel: And Other Stories
  • Author: Richard Matheson
  • ISBN: 9780765329424
  • Page: 288
  • Format: Paperback
  • Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high tech Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots And former champions of flesh and blood are obsolete Richard Matheson s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman But Steel, which was previously filmed as a powerful episode ofImagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high tech Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots And former champions of flesh and blood are obsolete Richard Matheson s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman But Steel, which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never appeared in any previous Matheson collection Also featured is a bizarre satirical fantasy, The Splendid Source, that was turned into an episode of The Family Guy.Richard Matheson was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame Steel demonstrates once again the full range of his legendary imagination.

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    1. Steel: And Other Stories is a collection of Richard Matheson tales.Not long ago, I read The Best of Richard Matheson and experienced the great man's stories for the first time in a decade or more. My whistle had been wetted so I picked this one up at the used bookstore a few days later.First off, there was very little overlap between the two collections, only two or three stories. Secondly, this could easily have been called The Second Best of Richard Matheson. When most of Matheson's iconic tal [...]

    2. A free download from my local library by Black Stone Audio. Narrated by Scott Brick.Steel was good, but the book descriptions tout that this is what the movie with Hugh Jackman in it was based on. OK, but the Twilight Zone episode with Lee Marvin in it was far more accurate to the story & really fantastic.To fit the crime is a man dying & then what he finds in the afterlife. Pretty much perfect justice. Matheson's got a mean side, no doubt.The wedding just goes to show there's nothing to [...]

    3. As I've said in multiple reviews centering on the works of Richard Matheson, the best news in all the recent Hollywood adaptations of his work is that much of the Matheson catalog is coming back into print, allowing readers to discover that Matheson is much, much more that the guy who wrote, "I Am Legend."I will have to admit I was a bit surprised to find out the recently released "Real Steel" was based on a short story by Matheson. That fact alone made me want to see the movie more than any of [...]

    4. ORIGINALLY POSTED AT Fantasy Literature.Steel and Other Stories is a collection of stories written by Richard Matheson who is probably best known for his novels I am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Most were originally published in pulp magazines in the 1950s, though two are recent and have never been collected before. Each is quite short:* "Steel" — (1956, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) Steel Kelly, a washed-up boxer, is now living vicariously through his broken down [...]

    5. I really enjoyed this collection of short stories. I have never read anything by Matheson before, so I was surprised to find that I actually enjoyed his style and outlook of the world. Of course, some I liked better than others, but overall, I thought they were enjoyable science fiction pieces. I really enjoyed "Steel," "The Splendid Source," and "The Traveler."Most of these stories did tend to be depressing, so I wouldn't suggest reading it all in one go. Sprinkle it with some happy reading on [...]

    6. Short stories of science-fiction. The first one, Steel, inspired the movie Real Steel with Hugh Jackman. The story, though, is only about a man and his friend who own a robot that is rundown. The man fights in the place of the robot, secretly during one fight because his robot is too busted to fight. No son, no real plot. The second story is called To Fit the Crime. A very unpleasant man, a poet is dying. He ends up in hell, which for him is a land of slang. The third story is called The Wedding [...]

    7. Like Philip K. Dick, Richard Matheson's work seems fabulous fodder for the film industry:(Book--Film(s))Steel--Real Steel (2011)I Am Legend (1954)--The Last Man on Earth (1964); The Omega Man (1971); I Am Legend (2007)The Duel--Duel (1971)What Dreams May Come (1977)--What Dreams May Come (1998)A Stir of Echoes (1958)--Stir of Echoes (1999)Hell House (1971)--The Legend of Hell House (1973)The Shrinking Man (1956)--The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) and more.This is probably no surprise as his sc [...]

    8. I've never delved into any Matheson, and so this collection of short stories has been both my introduction to his work, and a delightful surprise. The narrative styles, perspectives, and topics covered are surprisingly diverse, and despite the fact that 13 of the 15 stories were written in the 1950's, there are very few elements that feel "dated".Standout tales for me include "To Fit The Crime", in which the cynical, hate-filled protagonist spews torrents of deliciously creative insults at every [...]

    9. As with any collection of short stories, there are some good ones and some not so good ones. It is interesting to read the story Steel and the compare it to the movie Real Steel. Let's just say that they weren't very similar. I thought the collections in I Am Legend and The Box were better than this collection.

    10. Enjoyed this collection a lot. Didn't realize my appreciation for Matheson. Definitely looking to read more by him.Steel: And Other Stories Rated (_/5)* Steel (3/5)* To fit the crime (4/5)* The wedding (4/5)* The conqueror (4/5)* Dear diary (4/5)* Descent (3/5)* The doll that does everything (3/5)* The traveller (4/5)* When day is dun (3/5)* The splendid source (3/5)* Lemmings (3/5)* The edge (3/5)* A vist to Santa Claus (4/5)* Dr. Morton's folly (2/5)* The window of time. (3/5)

    11. As a fan of "I am legend" I took on the book that seemed interesting, as I read story after story it seemed to be getting less and less interesting. I did enjoy, maybe 4 stories but again left me unsatisfied.

    12. Richard Matheson is one of my favorite writers. So, naturally, when I heard that Real Steel was based on one of his short stories, I decided I needed to read said story and then see the film.I still haven’t seen the film yet, but I can say this—the story is great. Like, almost-made-me-cry great. Not because it’s a particularly sad story (by most standards), but because it kinda hit home with me.The rest of the stories were sorta hit-or-miss. The nice thing about reading Matheson is that yo [...]

    13. Steel and Other Stories is a collection of 15 stories from the author of I am Legend. 13 of the 15 stories are from the 50's and so early Cold War phobias is a recurring theme 1.)The title story, Steel, is about android boxers. Viewers of the movie Real Steel, which was extremely loosely based on this story, will find the story not at all like the film. In the film the boxers are robots, but in the story they are androids. For those readers who aren't sci-fi geeks, the difference is that android [...]

    14. When Richard Matheson dies, it’s a fair bet that the lead on his obituaries will be built around the phrase “author of I Am Legend.” He should be known for that, but also for a great deal more from his decades’ long career. Steel is one useful corrective: a collection of Matheson’s taut, highly polished short stories of the fantastic.The fifteen tales that make up Steel range across multiple genres and moods. “Descent” and “The Doll That Does Everything” are straight-up science [...]

    15. I’ll be completely honest; much like my experiences with the literary canon, my reading of the sci-fi/fantasy canon is pretty much…nil. More so on the sci-fi side, mainly because I was always more interested in fantasy rather than spaceships and other planets and suchlike. (I still haven’t gotten to freaking Isaac Asimov—won’t touch Card, Heinlein is a big maybe.) Richard Matheson was among the ranks of “I’ve heard of him, but I’ve never actually read anything by him.” To be fa [...]

    16. Richard Matheson uses his wacky ideas to craft a unique volume of various tales. Opening with "Steel," a human fighter subs himself in for his clunker in order to try and win prize money (any rememblance to Hugh Jackman's flick is purely coincidental!) A dying poet snubs his family only to wind up in a literal hell. A man's superstitious nature eventually proves to be a wedding couple's downfall in a wryly crafted story. Gunslinging is the name of the game for a traveling wanna-be, who finds tha [...]

    17. For those who don't recognize the author's name,he has written tons of things that have been adapted into TV and movies. These include I Am Legend(several versions),What Dreams May come, Stir of Echoes, Terror at 20,000 Feet(there isme.on the wing)and of course 2 stories from this collection. The Splendid Source was adapted as an episode of Family Guy.Steel was an episode of Twilight Zone and into the movie Real Steel.I have not seen the movie but from the commercials and previews and have read [...]

    18. -Imaginativo e incluso impactante en su tiempo, correcto actualmente.- Género. Relatos.Lo que nos cuenta. Recopilación de relatos escritos por el autor entre 1951 y 1956, conocida también como “Acero puro y otras historias” en ediciones más recientes, y que toca temas tan diversos como un inquietante embarazo sin coito, la literatura como forma de escapar a la realidad, desarrollos de negocio inesperados pero provechosos en una funeraria, el secuestro de una pareja con fines terribles, d [...]

    19. I have to say this up front - I LOVE Richard Matheson! I love everything he writes. It is all gold to me. Obviously, this colors my view of him. While not every story in this collection is a perfect story, I love them all. He just has a way to making my skin crawl. I love the thrills, the disturbing characters, the shocking twits! I highly recommend this collection of Matheson’s stories. It starts off with one of his star works - “Steel” (there is a twilight zone episode based off this one [...]

    20. This is a collection of short stories that fall into the science fiction and fantasy genres. Most were published in the 1950s and cover the standard science fiction topics of the age including robots, time travel, the atomic bomb, and how human beings interact with them. There is also one Western which is a nice, short study of human folly.There are two stories from the past three years, one that seems to be an attempt to cash in on the vampire craze in a quirky, but entertaining way, and the ot [...]

    21. Matheson is not simply a good storyteller but a the hell of a writer, too. There was a certain poetic edge underlying these stories which made them even more worthwhile. A well chosen collection presenting a variety of genres: Science Fiction, Horror, a Wild West tale, Noir, time traveling, Dystopia, and some general fiction with a pleasantly weirdness to them. In parts his style here reminded me of the wonderful Shirley Jackson, a connection I didn't make before but find very fitting now (and i [...]

    22. Matheson was an outstanding writer. Beyond some of the best episodes of Twilight Zone, he wrote Duel, A Stir of Echoes, I am Legend, Somewhere in Time, What Dreams May Come, and other classics.This anthology of Matheson short stories does not represent the author at his best.Many of the stories are brief or poorly developed. Others are takeoffs of cliche Twilight Zone conceits. Overall the writing lacks the polished veneer of a mature author. Rather than real steel, we get a lot of bargain-bin c [...]

    23. After watching the movie Real Steel, I loved the premise, but hated the campy execution. So I sought out the original source and wasn’t at all disappointed. Unlike the movie, the title story, Steel, is a dark tale about a down-and-out robot boxer who takes the ultimate risk to succeed. I’ll leave it at that, but it is a must read. As for the other stories in the mix, most are great and are worth the read. My favorites are The Doll That Does Everything (one of the best twist endings I have ev [...]

    24. Another lot of fine Richard Matheson short tales, this collection published as a result of the 'Real Steel' movie based on the first story 'Steel', which I had already read in the 'Duel' collection. The unique thing about this collection is most of the stories were originally published in the 1950s bar two who were printed in 2009 and 2010 respectively. The third youngest story was printed in 1958, therefore there is a gap of 51 years between stories! I don't think there is a story collection ou [...]

    25. This book was a bit of time travel for me, harking back to the good old days and the good old boys of 1950s American science fiction. Back to the days of ever-present threat of nuclear holocaust (have we grown a thicker skin, or have we decided to ignore the fears, or have they morphed into "terrorism" instead of atomic Armageddon?), on the edge of robotic technology developments, space exploration, snap shots of middle clas couples clear enough to see the pointed glasses and crinoline fluffed s [...]

    26. Richard Matheson is one of the original masters of Sci-Fi, often pitting man against man, machine or nature. In the case of "Steel", the combatants were machines - androids - after human boxing had been banned. This short story became the basis for the 2011 movie "Real Steel". Constant Readers benefit by the publication of these nearly forgotten stories in one volume.Stories in this collection, originally published between 1952 & 1958 in Playboy and several Fanzines popular at the time, was [...]

    27. Steel and Other Stories is a collection of stories written by Richard Matheson who is probably best known for his novels I am Legend and The Incredible Shrinking Man. Most were originally published in pulp magazines in the 1950s, though two are recent and have never been collected before. Each is quite short:"Steel" — (1956, The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction) Steel Kelly, a washed-up boxer, is now living vicariously through his broken down robot fighter. If they can win the next ma [...]

    28. A very enjoyable collection of short stories. Overall, they have a very "Twilight Zone" feel to them. With Matheson's short stories, the thing that always leaps out to me is that he always seems to know right where to end them. Stopping right at the point that you almost want more, but complete and with enough left to let your mind roam through the possibilities of the world he has created.**Audiobook note: the reader on this collection was quite good at imbuing the characters with their own voi [...]

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