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In this anthology, various authors were asked to select their favourite of their own un-anthologised stories and to provide a contextual commentary on it. All the stories come from the 1950s and the first half of the 1960s, and it’s interesting to see whether they have dated or not. 193 more words
Another re-read of this collection of stories dating mainly from 1974. The surprising thing I found was how some of these stories had aged better than others; in more than one story set at some point in the early years of the 21st century or later, it was surprising how many of the protagonists had to find a telephone box to contact someone! 365 more words
Another of my re-reads of old collections, revealing interesting perspectives when looking at short stories with forty years’ (!) hindsight.
There are stories in this collection that are very much of their time but still resonate (Ian Watson’s ‘Slow birds’, which is an allegory of the cruise missile debate); there are some that seem very dated (Frederik Pohl’s ‘Servant of the people’, about civil rights for robots; and Robert Silverberg’s ‘Amanda and the Alien’). 142 more words
It’s a jarring experience to read ‘50s SF after devoting a month to the ‘70s. After a set of socially critical, sometimes psychedelic reads with… 872 more words