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Old 29th March 2007, 11:49 PM   #16 (permalink)
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Thanks! Will keep an eye out for those and (finances permitting) try to get them online, if nothing else....
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Old 27th April 2007, 08:06 PM   #17 (permalink)
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The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth, And Other Stories - Roger Zelazny

The Seeds Of Time - John Wyndham

I've a couple of books in the World's Best Science Fiction series, from the 1960s. They are both pretty good. They feature authors such as Fred Pohl, Roger Zelazny, Philip K Dick, Brian Aldiss, R.A. Lafferty, Larry Niven etc., so the stories are top quality.
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The Doors Of His Face, The Lamps Of His Mouth, And Other Stories - Roger Zelazny

The Seeds Of Time - John Wyndham

I've a couple of books in the World's Best Science Fiction series, from the 1960s. They are both pretty good. They feature authors such as Fred Pohl, Roger Zelazny, Philip K Dick, Brian Aldiss, R.A. Lafferty, Larry Niven etc., so the stories are top quality.
AND don't forget the Jack Gaughan illustrations,with each story!
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Old 28th April 2007, 10:15 PM   #19 (permalink)
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AND don't forget the Jack Gaughan illustrations,with each story!
Absolutely. I love 50s/60s SF art. I'm always buying old paperbacks (in good condition) from charity shops simply for their covers. Whether or not I've heard of the books/authors.

The excellent illustrations in these particular anthologies bring back memories of Dan Dare, Kemlo and those b-movies you used to get on Saturday Morning Cinema, if anyone else experienced that.
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Old 1st May 2007, 08:56 PM   #20 (permalink)
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J.D. -- check abebooks.com for cheap "reading copies" of the Star Science Fiction collections. Someone's bound to have them for good prices -- especially later editions.

Nothing to contribute to the above reading lists -- everyone's said the ones I'd have offered up for inclusion.
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Old 1st November 2007, 07:07 PM   #21 (permalink)
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The Collected Stories of Arthur C. Clarke

Also doubles nicely as a doorstop.
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I have a curious one,a little paperback called A Sense of Wonder.
3 nice early stories in there from Murray Leinster,John Wyndham and Jack Williamson,which I've yet to read.
A nice collection i once had was Off Planet by Simak,which introduced me to this author. Then there's Asimov,the robot books,king being I,Robot.
These are collections of course and I don't have a world class anthology of classic SF as yet,so this thread will prove useful!
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Old 10th December 2007, 12:13 AM   #23 (permalink)
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let me give you a couple of pointers
Dangerous Visions,edited by Harlan Ellison
most anthos by Groff Conklin were pretty good
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You know I've heard of that Dangerous Visions,when was it published? And I've def. heard of Conklin. I used to be majorly big style into SF with a HUGE asimov collection but I kinda lost the way and an clawing my way back. I think I got put off by modern SF,I love the old stuff!
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1967

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you def .have got to pick up a Conklin antho then


http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/c/groff-conklin/

'13 above the night' is pretty good


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Hey thanks for that! You know I could spend all day and all night on here,this place is brilliant! The SF fanatic in me has been awakened once more!
So many books,so little time... 1967,Crikey I was barely 1 year old!
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Old 10th December 2007, 01:29 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Dangerous Visions:

Dangerous Visions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Again, Dangerous Visions:

Again, Dangerous Visions - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Crest of the New Wave, but some superb stuff and a lot of talent in those two books.

Groff Conklin:

Groff Conklin - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

I have several of Groff's anthologies, and he was in fact one of the first anthologists I encountered in the field (with Science Fiction Terror Tales, at age 7):

Contents Lists

Is it any wonder I turned out the way I did?.... (The reference to Marionettes, Inc. following "Punishment Without Crime" is because the story is a sequel to the former.)

And, of course, if you're looking for a nice overview of sf from the Golden Age onward (and, in some cases, before), the anthologies mentioned at the beginning of this thread are a wonderful way to get a lot of very good reading....
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I had quite a few Nova anthologies,little paperbacks full of nova award stories,but not sure what happened to them. I seem to remember a lot of the authors were unknown to me. Also i have an Analog collection, a little orange paperback.
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Two guys who really get overlooked:

C.M. Kornbluth (His Share of Glory) and Barry N. Malzberg. I would put them up with Ellison and PKD as short story writers.
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Every year Gardner Dozois produces a collection of stories under the title, The Year's Best Science Fiction. We're into the twenties now as far as the number of years this has appeared. It generally contains some really good titles representing a very representative cross section of SF authors.

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