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"Highly Recommended for Gunn Fans and Those Interested in Science Fiction Criticism" - by Randy Stafford (St. Paul, MN USA)
Anybody interested in science fiction criticism will want to pick this one up. It’s the first real critical study of contemporary science fiction.
Its only predecessors are J. O. Bailey’s Pilgrims Through Space and Time (a doctoral dissertation from 1933 and published in 1947) and Marjorie Hope Nicolson’s Voyages to the Moon from 1948. But Bailey, a Victorian scholar, concentrated on works from that period and barely looked at pulp magazines. Nicolson’s work was only about a certain type of science fiction.

Gunn’s thesis is from 1951 and addresses what he terms science fiction in the realistic mode and definitely looks at contemporary works.
His sample drew from the pulps and also from five reprint anthologies.

What is peculiar to Gunn’s work is his emphasis on plot types, and he gives a schematic classifying them all. In the foreword, science fiction scholar Gary K. Wolfe, who was put on his lifetime vocation by encountering ... full review
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"Some good some not so good" - by Kindle Customer
NOT my type of science fiction and fantasy. Too many fill in words. I like to read the story not about the color of the room
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"Mostly pretty good stuff" - by Michael Brotherton (Noaya Binnese)
Mostly pretty good stuff. Mostly. However, "Captives Of The Flame", is just bad. No, I mean, what the hell is going on here bad. Seriously, how did this even get considered for a "megapack" bad. I might try being an author, if people actually buy this heap of badness, bad. I can't put it down though. Every page is an excruciating exercise patience... but I can't put it down. I absolutely do NOT want to miss how bad it might get.
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"Again, excellent vintage SF" - by Norma
In this megapack, as in all the former packs, there is a good mix of stoires: old ones, with a vintage feeling, more modern ones, that belong in the great SF tradition, some by very new writers, some by old great ones... As I said, a good mix with something for everybody. You'll love some stories and will probable dislike others, but that's what this selection is really about: to make a showcase of SF in different ages and different writers. Buy this and enjoy!!
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"I love these Megapacks" - by Epikhairekakia (Portland, OR USA)
I love these Megapacks. 800 pages+ for 99 cents? Yes please.

Sci-Fi from the 50's is awesome.

It's fun reading as fiction matures with the existing technologies. First it's rockets, then electronics, then atomics...

Venus is a jungle with breathable air and Mars is an old civilization hidden under domes, but we can all go there tomorrow with enough delta v.
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"Gripping and thorough literary review of Iain Banks's work" - by Nigel Seel (Wells, UK)
I've read all of Iain Banks's science-fiction (I abandoned [[ASIN:B003O86FKO Feersum Endjinn]]) but I do find the novels curiously unmemorable. Partially this is to do with their complex structure, the large cast of characters with indecipherable names, and detailed and baroque settings which can overwhelm the storyline. Sometimes it's hard to see the wood for the trees. The first great service Paul Kincaid offers in this impressive piece of literary criticism is to confirm these complexities and to summarise the novels for the floundering reader. More than this, Kincaid dives deep into each book's thematic unconscious, distilling what he believes to be motivating the author.

He does a pretty good job. Kincaid sees Banks as eternally wrestling with his ideal society. If utopia is post-scarcity communism where oppression is definitionally absent, then how do people spend their time? If the Culture is about freedom, how does it deal with cultures which ... full review
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"Not Free SF Reader" - by average (Legion clubhouse)
Definitely a good collection, as well. The 'Modern' pair of books make decent additions.

Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Miracle Workers - Jack Vance
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Longest Voyage - Poul Anderson
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : On the Storm Planet - Cordwainer Smith
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Star Pit - Samuel R. Delany
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Total Environment - Brian W. Aldiss
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Merchants of Venus - Frederik Pohl
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : The Death of Doctor Island - Gene Wolfe
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang - Kate Wilhelm
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Souls - Joanna Russ
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : A Traveler's Tale - Lucius Shepard
Modern Classic Short Novels of SF : Sailing to Byzantium - ... full review
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"Highly entertaining stories" - by Librarian
Recently, while searching for some SF in the Kindle Store, I discovered an old favorite from my youthful past: "And Then the Town Took Off," by Richard Wilson. This essentially lightweight piece of humorous, fluff about an entire town being separated from the earth by being lifted into the sky ("Why?" "By whom--or by what?" "And what do we do now"), was originally published in 1960 as the supposedly lesser half of a $.35 Ace-Double paperback (the presumably "better" half being "The Sioux Spaceman," by Andre Norton). I found this story in the Kindle Store being offered by several publishers as a single title ebook (at various prices, the lowest being $.99), and online at Gutenberg.org (for free). After (re)reading the freebie I wanted a more "permanent" ebook edition of this short novel and was contemplating the purchase of a dollar version. That's when I came upon this "Seventh ... full review
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"I love all these Megapacks." - by FullPlanet
I love all these Megapacks. They give me the chance to catch up on reading that I was too busy to do while raising children, working, etc. Occasionally I will skip over a story I don't like, but hey, for 99 cents, who can complain? I'm very glad that these Megapacks are keeping these authors alive/ available for us.
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"enders game meets cinderella" - by Fran Churchill (vermont)
this is absolutely amazing! I love fairy tale retelling especially if the author can successfully capture the heart of the story but manage to add their own spin. it is very hard to do. I have read many good ones and many terrible ones. This was one of the best! It has aliens, and space battle academy and all the feelings you love about Cinderella. Its like mixing Ender's Game with Cinderella.

Stella is now one of my new favorite characters of all time. talented, hard working, and not at all uppity about it. also extremely clever and sweet. Dax is something special. at first i kind of wanted to shake him. i could tell he was better than the people he hung around even before we got to his point of view. so extremely honorable. I loved reading this story from their alternating points of view. It made it even ... full review
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"As an fan of science fiction I confess..." - by Kari Freyr (Sydney, Australia)
As an fan of science fiction I confess that I regard Dr. Gregory Benford to be one of a small number of great writers of the "SF century". I approached "Gregory Benford" by George Slusser with a seriousness befitting his towering presence in my imagination.

A fictional but direct human relationship to our universal cosmic history as revealed by science is the key modality of Benford's writing. His work, whatever its other ends, is centrally crafted to remind us, by inference, that an evolving, forward looking, sustaining and sustainable humanist culture, absent the great lighthouse of science, is quickly shipwrecked.

Slusser, eminently qualified, succeeds with a fine scholarship in defining, declaring and defending the case for his literary immortality; Benford's well spent career mapping the event horizon between the known and unknown.

Those who seek to dethrone smart old white guys out of a laudable intention to secure political inclusion or minority empowerment ... full review
"Good Stories" - by Kerrith B. Chapman (Potsdam, New York USA)
I have enjoyed the stories in this megapack very much. They are science fiction stories that I haven't seen before, but I have read many of the authors before, and enjoy them a lot. The one problem with the megapack is the presentation. The first story kept repeating pages that I have already read, once it jumped back to the beginning. This really messed up an enjoyable story. There is no table of contents, so it is very difficult to return to and revisit a story that I have already finished.
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"a staunch supporter of a free press and against censorship" - by W Boudville (Terra, Sol 3)
I met Bradbury a few times. Once when he gave a talk at Pasadena City College around his book which had just been made into a movie- Something Wicked This Way Comes, and when he spoke at Caltech in 1987. He was a towering figure in 20th century science fiction. Often considered to be one of the top 4 writers, along with Asimov, Clarke and Heinlein. Now in this retrospective by Seed just a few years after Bradbury died, there is a noteworthy summary of Bradbury's major works. You do not need to have read those, but it would surely help as this would deepen the appreciation of Seed's analysis.

Bradbury fought in print against censorship; he believed in freedom of the press. Seed reminds us that some of this arose during the McCarthy era of anticommunism. Bradbury's works can be see as posted in the front line of resistance. In ... full review
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"A wild collection of tales." - by Al (KY)
A nice collection of "way out" novellas, and short stories. Some are quite thought provoking. I expect most science fiction fans will enjoy some, if not all of these tales.
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"A lucid and sometimes enjoyable spoilerfest" - by Bookseeker
An overview of the life and work of the remarkable and entertaining Lois McMaster Bujold. True confession here, if I am a fan of anyone it is of Ms. Bujold who's sense of humor is rivaled only by her compassion for humanity and her luminous intelligence. O.K., I confess, a really big fan. I have been reading her novels since I discovered her writing through Barrayer, which portrayed the previously masculine business of war through the concern of a woman and mother who cuts through politics and conflict in a decisive manner. This book is so revolutionary that it appears more so in hindsight. Indeed many of the the concerns Lois has been threading throughout her cannon are proving to be some thirty years or more ahead of the culture. Her books are filled with her thoughts on gender roles and politics and human relations so that they become ... full review