Cover of Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 11, 1949
Book 293 Anthology 1984
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“This series continues to uncover and reprint classics in the science fiction genre that are a treat for SF readers of all ages…a compact and authoritative survey of science fiction’s finest stories.”—McNaughton Book Service

“The collection of stories from the same period gives a flavor of that period that can’t be obtained any other way. As a history of the genre and a mirror of the time, it’s impossible to beat for the price.”—W.D. Stevens, Science Fiction & Fantasy Book Review

Relive the mythic moments of 1949 with the now-legendary giants of yesterday and today: Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Clifford D. Simak, C.M. Kornbluth, Theodore Sturgeon, Ray Bradbury, Henry Kuttner, James H. Schmitz and more!

For general comments on this series, see Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 1, 1939.

Asimov himself is present here in the form of “The Red Queen’s Race.” Also found are the haunting “Kaleidoscope” by Ray Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke’s delightful “History Lesson,” James H. Schmitz’ well-known (and possibly slightly overexposed) “Witches of Karres,” C.M. Kornbluth’s bitter “Only Thing We Learn,” Lewis Padgett’s “Private Eye,” and Theodore Sturgeon’s “The Hurkle is a Happy Beast.” This isn’t the strongest anthology in this series, perhaps—but it’s strong enough.

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