50 Short Science Fiction Tales

50 Short Science Fiction Tales

Isaac Asimov Groff Conklin Poul Anderson Alan Bloch Anthony Boucher Fredric Brown T.P. Caravan Cleve Cartmill / Aug 24, 2019

Short Science Fiction Tales Fifty Exciting ExperiencesYou visit a world where Robots strain to remember the existence of the Men who created them hear the tantalizingly brief report of a man who returns from a trip to the future

  • Title: 50 Short Science Fiction Tales
  • Author: Isaac Asimov Groff Conklin Poul Anderson Alan Bloch Anthony Boucher Fredric Brown T.P. Caravan Cleve Cartmill
  • ISBN: 9780020163909
  • Page: 431
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Fifty Exciting ExperiencesYou visit a world where Robots strain to remember the existence of the Men who created them hear the tantalizingly brief report of a man who returns from a trip to the future see the snake armed Thing that emerges from the minds of the people who conjure it You meet a souvenir hunter in the Thirtieth Century and a schoolgirl who tries to cope wFifty Exciting ExperiencesYou visit a world where Robots strain to remember the existence of the Men who created them hear the tantalizingly brief report of a man who returns from a trip to the future see the snake armed Thing that emerges from the minds of the people who conjure it You meet a souvenir hunter in the Thirtieth Century and a schoolgirl who tries to cope with the teaching methods of the Twenty second Century You share the terror of an astronaut in a haunted space suit and the dilemma of a wife whose husband knows a common chemical formula for destroying the earth In short, you feel the impact, the originality, and the uncanny atmosphere created by these science fiction experts not once but 50 times.Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales have been selected for their concise writing, and for punch lines that leave the reader surprised, shocked, and delighted at the final sentence According to the editors, another important aspect of this literary form is evocation of a background differing from our own Consequently, though some of the stories are just a page long, the reading experience is always excitingly unique.

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      • Isaac Asimov Groff Conklin Poul Anderson Alan Bloch Anthony Boucher Fredric Brown T.P. Caravan Cleve Cartmill

        Isaac Asimov was a Russian born, American author, a professor of biochemistry, and a highly successful writer, best known for his works of science fiction and for his popular science books.Professor Asimov is generally considered one of the most prolific writers of all time, having written or edited than 500 books and an estimated 90,000 letters and postcards He has works published in nine of the ten major categories of the Dewey Decimal System lacking only an entry in the 100s category of Philosophy.Asimov is widely considered a master of the science fiction genre and, along with Robert A Heinlein and Arthur C Clarke, was considered one of the Big Three science fiction writers during his lifetime Asimov s most famous work is the Foundation Series his other major series are the Galactic Empire series and the Robot series, both of which he later tied into the same fictional universe as the Foundation Series to create a unified future history for his stories much like those pioneered by Robert A Heinlein and previously produced by Cordwainer Smith and Poul Anderson He penned numerous short stories, among them Nightfall , which in 1964 was voted by the Science Fiction Writers of America the best short science fiction story of all time, a title many still honor He also wrote mysteries and fantasy, as well as a great amount of nonfiction Asimov wrote the Lucky Starr series of juvenile science fiction novels using the pen name Paul French.Most of Asimov s popularized science books explain scientific concepts in a historical way, going as far back as possible to a time when the science in question was at its simplest stage He often provides nationalities, birth dates, and death dates for the scientists he mentions, as well as etymologies and pronunciation guides for technical terms Examples include his Guide to Science, the three volume set Understanding Physics, and Asimov s Chronology of Science and Discovery.Asimov was a long time member and Vice President of Mensa International, albeit reluctantly he described some members of that organization as brain proud and aggressive about their IQs He took joy in being president of the American Humanist Association The asteroid 5020 Asimov, the magazine Asimov s Science Fiction, a Brooklyn, NY elementary school, and two different Isaac Asimov Awards are named in his honor Isaac Asimov 2007, November 29 In , The Free Encyclopedia Retrieved 21 50, November 29, 2007, from enpedia wiki Isaac_As


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    1. Ballade of an Artificial Satellite (1958) poem by Poul Anderson 2/5 The Fun They Had (1951) by Isaac Asimov 4/5 Men Are Different (1954) by Alan Bloch 4/5 The Ambassadors (1952) by Anthony Boucher 4/5 The Weapon (1951) by Fredric Brown 4/5 Random Sample (1953) by T.P. Caravan 4/5 Oscar (1941) by Cleve Cartmill 4/5 The Mist (1952) by Peter Grainger 4/5 Teething Ring (1953) by James Causey 5/5 The Haunted Space Suit (1958) by Arthur C. Clarke 5/5 Stair Trick (1952) by Mildred Clingerman 3/5 Unwelc [...]


    2. I was looking for some good old school science fiction to cleanse my palate. As much as I love modern fiction and historical non fiction, I selected this after feeling in a rut. This is an excellent collection and includes short stories by the masters of science fiction, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, etc. Also, it's immensely satisfying to read a short story and put the book aside for a while. Right now I'm trying to find some current science fiction writers that match up to t [...]



    3. the introduction made me chuckle because the point or I should say rant he made about sci-fi was said so perfectly. though should have slight wiggle room. storys had a twilight zone vibe. lesson or message to them. twists. most where written in the 50srts of 4,5,6,10,11, seemed oddly familiar to me, though I have no idea where iv read them before. a couple you could see where it was headed or twist that was going to happen, but that didnt take away from the enjoyment. im honestly surprised I lik [...]


    4. This book contains 50 stories, all of which are very short, being between 300 and 3000 words. Fortunately, they are also pretty good stories, with only a few being ones I wouldn't consider worth reading. The brevity exaggerates the effect of having a short story: since you don't have time to get to know characters, you should concentrate on expressing an idea instead of feelings. Almost all of the short stories that weren't worth reading fell into that trap - the story was about a character and [...]


    5. 50 science fiction short stories, averaging about 4 to 5 pages each. I think the shortest is about 300 words, the longest about 3,000.This is a good collection for sci-fi fans who enjoy well-written older science fiction tales (1940s-1960s), or stories with a twist at the end. While I can't say there were any stories here that make me go "wow!", there are certainly some imaginative ones. Plenty of variety as well: robots, time travel, experiments, evil, etc.There's also a very good introduction [...]


    6. I originally read this book when I was about 35.I will not list all story titles and authors names because those are listed at the top of the summary.50 short science fiction stories. Most are pretty good, a few are OK or poor, and a select few are very good or standouts.The few that I consider very good and/or standouts areThe Fun They Had Isaac AsimovTeething Ring James CauseyThird Level Jack FinneyRag Thing David GrinnellGood Provider Marion GrossNot With a Bang Damon Knight (although a very [...]


    7. Collier Books produced high quality paperback editions of science fiction and mysteries in the nineteen-sixties. This is a selection of short tales they published that includes some of the great names from the two decades prior to that. Included are selections from Poul Anderson, Anthony Boucher, Frederic Brown, Heinlein, Damon Knight, Fritz Leiber, Robert Sheckley, Theodore Sturgeon, and A. E. van Vogt along with many others. You meet robots and aliens of every size and scope. The edges of real [...]


    8. Typically when I review an anthology, I will enumerate my favorite stories and briefly provide a blurb about each one. In the case of 50 Short Science Fiction Tales—edited by the legendary Isaac Asimov and renowned anthologist Groff Conklin—that would be a daunting and tedious task. Suffice it to say that like any collection, certain stories are better than others and this one is no exception. However, the majority of the entries are some combination of witty, engaging, chilling, thought pro [...]


    9. If you like short story science fiction, this is a MUST READ. Developing a story line, characters, plot, beginning-middle-end, and engaging writing is a very difficult task. Doing this in a way that entertains and educates is even harder. But doing all of this in a story that less than ten pages is a seemingly impossible task. Yet this book contains great story after great story by a range of authors that successfully perform this task. You will want to read it again and again!


    10. Honestly, the fiction in the selecetion doesn’t really stand up to the test of time. A lot of the concepts are overdone and it felt pretty monotonous reading through all of these. Additionally, there were only four total female authors out of the 50 proclaimed in the book. All in all, this just wasn’t that appealing to me. I give it a solid 2 stars.


    11. This was my first proper science fiction - and perhaps it's a good thing that I started with short stories. I liked almost 90% of the stories in this collection, but the others felt a little obscure.


    12. "Introduction No. 1" (Isaac Asimov)"Introduction No. 2" (Groff Conklin)"Ballade of an Artificial Satellite" (poem) (Poul Anderson)"The Fun They Had" (Isaac Asimov)"Men Are Different" (Alan Bloch)"The Ambassadors" (Anthony Boucher)"The Weapon" (Fredric Brown)"Random Sample" (T. P. Caravan)"Oscar" (Cleve Cartmill)"The Mist" (Peter Cartur)"Teething Ring" (James Causey)"The Haunted Space Suit" (Arthur C. Clarke)"Stair Trick" (Mildred Clingerman)"Unwelcome Tenant" (Roger Dee)"The Mathematicians" (Art [...]


    13. Mostly dry stories from the '40s and '50s. Recurring themes include television (IT"S EVIL), nukes and other more inventive WMDs, children with superhuman abilities, and a dozen or so variations on The Day My Wife Was Right For Once. A similar later anthology 100 Great Science Fiction Short Short Stories has wider variety subject matter and much, much higher overall quality. There's the occasional good one but man oh man are the rest ever lame. Here are some (relative) highlights:James Causey, "T [...]


    14. This is a older paperback I took on the plane, to read while the ebook reader couldn't be used during take-off and landing. For this purpose, this book of very short stories was a good choice: I could read in 10-minute increments, and knock back two or three stories in that time. A handful of the stories were excellent, some were a waste of time, most were just okay. In stories where there was a twist (includes many, if not most, of these), the twist ends up being fairly obvious if you have any [...]


    15. A diverse collection of tales. One is able to read 2 or 3 while smoking a cigarette. This book lived on the table in my smoking porch for the duration of my reading of it.I especially enjoyed how the editors placed the stories together in a semblance of order that is not easily noticed. For example, a story featuring a couple named Williams was followed by a story in which the hero is named Williams, then a story about the 'Perfect Woman' is followed by a story that includes another idea of a pe [...]


    16. My editor gave me this book - 50 great, short science fiction tales. Completely different from my usual choices I was surprised by how much I enjoyed it. As a reader I tend to the snobbish side which is partly a result of college and mostly the result of personal character flaws, but these tales were pure storytelling and really fun. I'd love to memorize some and retell them to the kids around the campfire --I won't do it because I'll just not remember enough details and they'll be too old for c [...]


    17. An interesting collection of classic science fiction "short short stories." There are some masterpieces and some stinkers here, as with all collections. I can see why some of the stinkers were chosen, but I do wish it had been a more balanced collection than it was. Definitely worth a look, but I'd say skim the ones you aren't immediately zoned into.Five-star stories from this collection include:"Men Are Different""Random Sample""The Mist""Teething Ring""Who's Cribbing?""The Business, As Usual"" [...]


    18. As with any anthology of stories, there is a range of quality. There were some excellent short stories in this book and some that seemed more like filler, thus it averaged out to a medium amount of stars. Overall, it was well worth reading. It was to have a complete story in five pages or less. I liked the surprise "twilight zone"-ish endings. A good starting place for someone new to science fiction.


    19. By the end of 1979 I'd been out of school and back in Chicago for over a year, had had two jobs as a childcare worker in psychiatric residence facilities and was going nowhere. As evidence of my state, most everything I was reading was science fiction. This couldn't continue.Still, this is a decent collection of short science fiction pieces by competent, established authors.


    20. A nice selection of "short-short" stories, each about the length of a single magazine page: one twist ending after another. The prize of this collection is "The Choice," by W. Hilton-Young (pp. 123-4), available in its entirety here.


    21. For the most part, 50 Short Science Fiction Tales was an entertaining book. I'd say that I liked 40 of them very well, with the rest either puzzling or just not my type of story. I enjoyed the humorous ones the most, followed by the creepy ones. All in all, an enjoyable book.


    22. Eh, it was fine. I liked the convenience of it; stories were usually 1-2 pages so it was good to pick up while waiting. Stories were definitely old-school and more geared toward having some ironic twist at the end than having any futuristic tech or investigating the world from perspectives other than Earth humans.


    23. A very good collection of golden age style science fiction. A great variety of authors, and most of the stories are less than 4 pages long. A bit of the 'gotcha' element is overdone, but overall, this is a very good survey of golden age sci-fi.


    24. There are so many fun little science-fiction ideas that are not worthy of a novel, or even a full length short story, but are great for a pith and fun 4 or 5 pages. This is a well selected group of these.


    25. I have a thing for 50's era sci-fi, and it probably stems from 8th grade English where we read selected stories from this book. It took a while to track down a copy of the book, but it's been nostalgic fun to read it. They are like little tiny Twilight Zone episodes (which I also love.)


    26. I am guessing on the year that I read this book. It was when I was a kid, junior high I think, and I loved it. Science fiction works very well in short stories where an idea can be presented and examined in sharp, quick detail.


    27. This was the first time I delved into science fiction short storiesd I never forgot it. From Isaac Asimov's "The Fun They Had," this book had me at hello. I love to pick it up every few years or so. A solid read.



    28. Lots of very good classic sci-fi short stories. Most are only a few pages, making them perfect to read during commercials.


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