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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s: A Library of America Boxed Set ePub download

by Various,Gary K. Wolfe

  • Author: Various,Gary K. Wolfe
  • ISBN: 1598531573
  • ISBN13: 978-1598531572
  • ePub: 1678 kb | FB2: 1195 kb
  • Language: English
  • Category: Genre Fiction
  • Publisher: The Library of America; Slp edition (September 27, 2012)
  • Pages: 1750
  • Rating: 4.3/5
  • Votes: 583
  • Format: lrf lit lrf mbr
American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s: A Library of America Boxed Set ePub download

Modern science fiction came of age in the 1950s, and it was in America that the genre broke most exuberantly free from convention

Modern science fiction came of age in the 1950s, and it was in America that the genre broke most exuberantly free from convention. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these outsider novels are now recognized as American classics. Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth,.

Contains: American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-1956 Frederik Pohl & C. Kornbluth .

For too long, science fiction has been banished to the margins of American literature. This splendid set goes a long way to repairing this injustice

For too long, science fiction has been banished to the margins of American literature. This splendid set goes a long way to repairing this injustice. The selections are varied and representative, the annotation is helpful, and the printing quality is exceptional. The dust jackets and box are works of art in themselves. Surely this set deserves an award as one of the best publications of 2012.

American Science Fiction book. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these outsider novels have gradually been recognized as American classics.

American Science Fiction Four Classic Novels 1953-56.

Various; Gary K Wolfe . Kornbluth, The Space Merchants Theodore Sturgeon . Kornbluth, The Space Merchants Theodore Sturgeon, More. Category: Science Fiction & Fantasy.

Contains: American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953-1956 Frederik Pohl .

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Contains:American Science Fiction: Four Classic Novels 1953—1956Frederik Pohl & C. M. Kornbluth / The Space MerchantsTheodore Sturgeon / More Than HumanLeigh Brackett / The Long TomorrowRichard Matheson / The Shrinking Man978-1-59853-158-9 American Science Fiction: Five Classic Novels 1956—1958Robert Heinlein / Double StarAlfred Bester / The Stars My DestinationJames Blish / A Case of ConscienceAlgis Budrys / Who?Fritz Leiber / The Big Time978-159853-159-6Following its acclaimed three-volume edition of the novels of science fiction master Philip K. Dick, The Library of America now presents a two-volume anthology of nine groundbreaking works from the golden age of the modern science fiction novel. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these “outsider” novels have gradually been recognized as American classics. Here are genre-defining works by such masters as Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish, and Alfred Bester. The themes range from time travel (Fritz Leiber’s The Big Time) to post-apocalyptic survival (Leigh Brackett’s The Long Tomorrow), from the prospect of a future dominated by multinational advertising agencies (Pohl and Kornbluth’s The Space Merchants) to the very nature of human identity in a technological age (Theodore Sturgeon’s More Than Human and Algis Budrys’s Who?). The range of styles is equally diverse, by turns satiric, adventurous, incisive, and hauntingly lyrical. Grappling in fresh ways with a world in rapid transformation, these visionary novels opened new imaginative territory in American writing.LIBRARY OF AMERICA is an independent nonprofit cultural organization founded in 1979 to preserve our nation’s literary heritage by publishing, and keeping permanently in print, America’s best and most significant writing. The Library of America series includes more than 300 volumes to date, authoritative editions that average 1,000 pages in length, feature cloth covers, sewn bindings, and ribbon markers, and are printed on premium acid-free paper that will last for centuries.
Enila
From what many consider the beginning of the golden age of sf novel writing, this two volume collection includes nine classic novels, some now difficult to find. The novels, originally published between 1953 and 1958, are surely among the favorites of experienced sf fans and readers, so for younger, less experienced sf readers this collection consists of key sf writers of the post-WWII era. Most of the selected novel titles have been considered ground-breaking, original in a time when sf was emerging from the pulp magazines to find a permanent home the publishing industry. The two book, boxed collection reflects the care taken in publishing works in The Library of America series. Notes and publishing history are sparse but informative. This nine novel set is now a permanent part of my sf library.
Nten
Good collection of books included in the collection. It's neat how these stories from the '50s and early '60s still hold up so well today. Many are cautionary tales that foretell much of what we are experiencing in the world today.

Richard Matheson's "Shrinking Man" is in here and if you haven't read it, do. It is a great story and a good deal different than the 1957 Grant Williams movie.

I've purchased Library of America books before and the only complaint I can make about them is that the pages are so thin, the print on the far side shows through and distracts from the reading some.
Velellan
For too long, science fiction has been banished to the margins of American literature. This splendid set goes a long way to repairing this injustice. The selections are varied and representative, the annotation is helpful, and the printing quality is exceptional. The dust jackets and box are works of art in themselves. Surely this set deserves an award as one of the best publications of 2012. Buy the set: when it arrives it will make your day. It certainly did mine.
Kulwes
The Library of America has done it again! I wasn't old enough to be reading these in the 1950s when they were published, but I did come along in the 60s and discovered science fiction by finding a stash of old pulp magazines. It was instant love with a specific type of story.

As science fiction changed over the years, some of the directions taken were great and made wonderful reading, other directions were not quite as enjoyable to me, but I always missed the way it started. This compilation of novels is absolutely wonderful. It's like being taken back to the early years of science fiction writing.

For the younger readers of science fiction, that have not had the opportunity to experience this style of writing, I highly encourage your buying this set and enjoying it. You will fall in love with a totally different style, and one that set the bar for future writers.

Great reading.
anonymous
Is it too much too ask that Amazon list the nine novels in the collection? Here they are:
*Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
*Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
*Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
*Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
*Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
*Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
*James Blish, A Case of Conscience
*Algis Budrys, Who?
*Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
I had to go to the LOA website to find out.
They're great books and I have other Library of America books that are beautifully made so 5 stars

UPDATE: Amazon responded to this comment by changing the listing to show the titles...Thanks Amazon!
Agagamand
These are the greatest novels from a critical decade in SF. Some show their age, but none fail to please, and all are essentials. The edition is beautiful, and more than worth the money. Congratulations to the publishers on a superb job. If you like this BTW, also check the two volume American Fantastic Tales, also from Library of America, as well as their collection of Philip K. Dick.
Kare
A golden edition that captures most ably a golden age of a literary genre that's under-appreciated by many. The notes are brief, but rich in information.
It's good to see the Library of America keeping alive the legacy of people of Cyril Kornbluth. This two-volume collection is as essential to understanding the American experience as is the LOA's two-volume set on the debate over the Constitution.
Enjoy it.
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