“The very best science fiction stories ever published…”

—Leo McConnell, Hudson Sun

“Not since the ground-breaking anthologies of the late 40s has anyone attempted to lay on such a rich feast for sf fans. And there is no greater proof (if proof be needed) that the true Golden Age of science fiction stretched from 1939 through the war years and beyond—coinciding with the last hurrah of the fabulous pulp era.”

—Don Hutchison, Penny Dreadful

Come with us back to 1947 and rediscover the golden marvel tales of H. Beam Piper, William Tenn, Chan Davis, Ray Bradbury, Poul Anderson, and many more including Isaac Asimov himself…

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

Asimov is included in this volume with “Little Lost Robot,” which is an excellent story but perhaps not as good as some of his other stories included in other volumes.

Meanwhile, we’ve got the best anti-Asimov robot story ever written, Jack Williamson’s “With Folded Hands…,” which gives one a terrifying look at what might happen if beings like R. Daneel Olivaw really got in charge of things. Ray Bradbury’s “Zero Hour” is included, as is Lewis Padgett’s hilarious “Exit the Professor.” Theodore Sturgeon’s “Tiny and the Monster” is here, as is T.L. Sherred’s “E for Effort,” which I rather enjoy.

This is still an excellent anthology, even if it isn’t quite as good as the previous entry in the series, Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 8, 1946.

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