Spectrum IV

Spectrum IV Comprising The Marching Morons by C M Kornbluth Gadget vs Trend by Christopher Anvil Such Stuff by John Brunner The Sellers of the Dream by John Jakes The Large Ant by Howard Fast Barrier by Anthony B

  • Title: Spectrum IV
  • Author: Kingsley Amis Robert Conquest
  • ISBN: 9780330201933
  • Page: 469
  • Format: Paperback
  • Comprising The Marching Morons by C.M Kornbluth Gadget vs Trend by Christopher Anvil Such Stuff by John Brunner The Sellers of the Dream by John Jakes The Large Ant by Howard Fast Barrier by Anthony Boucher The Great Nebraska Sea by Allan Danzig Compassion Circuit by John Wyndham A Planet Named Shayol by Cordwainer Smith Into the Shop by Ron Goulart The Secret Songs by FComprising The Marching Morons by C.M Kornbluth Gadget vs Trend by Christopher Anvil Such Stuff by John Brunner The Sellers of the Dream by John Jakes The Large Ant by Howard Fast Barrier by Anthony Boucher The Great Nebraska Sea by Allan Danzig Compassion Circuit by John Wyndham A Planet Named Shayol by Cordwainer Smith Into the Shop by Ron Goulart The Secret Songs by Fritz Leiber Stranger Station by Damon Knight Hot Planet by Hal Clement The Choice by Wayland Young.

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    1. This is a best-of anthology, with stories drawn from the 40’s, 50’s, and 60’s. Although I would normally think of the first two of those decades as the heyday of engineer-driven rocketship stories, there is just one example from that category here, and considerably more in the way of literary or mildly experimental approaches than I would have expected for that time period. I’m not sure whether to attribute that to early signs of the New Wave beginning to take shape, or the literary lean [...]

    2. A collection of science-fiction short stories published between 1942 and 1962 is likely to reveal its age quickly. This one does, to some extent, though there are some stories that stand up well. The collection begins with a conversation between Kingsley Amis, Brian Aldiss, and C.S. Lewis about the role of science fiction in literature. This was done just a couple of months before Lewis's death. The conversation is, sadly, not terribly enlightening. It is very informal and does not get into much [...]

    3. nwhytevejournal/1979182ml[return][return]I was really impressed by this historical account of religious fundamentalism (well, of Christian, Jewish and Islamic fundamentalism) over the centuries up to 1999. I have not always been convinced by Armstrong's approach of parallelling changes in different cultures that happened at the same time, but this worked really well for me, disposing breezily with the importance of balancing logos and mythos, tracking the different religions' responses to the En [...]

    4. My copy has a different cover. A pretty good collection of older SF stories, pre-1970s. Kornbluth's is probably the best. Worth reading though.

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