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50 Short Science Fiction Tales

Edited by Groff Conklin

Cover artist: Don Punchatz

Publisher: Collier

Pub year: 1997

Cover price: $5.95


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Fifty Exciting Experiences

You 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 fifty 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 different 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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The Editors

Isaac Asimov is a biochemist who has taught at the Boston University School of Medicine. Not only is he one of the foremost contemporary science writers, but he exercises an imaginative power that enables him to write vivid science fiction as well. His story, "The Fun They Had," is included in this collection. Among Dr. Asimov's factual works published by Collier Books are The World of Carbon and The Bloodstream: River of Life. Great Science Fiction by Scientists, edited by Groff Conklin, is also available from Collier Books.

Groff Conklin, a pioneer in recognizing and evaluating the merits of science fiction, is also a distinguished science and technical writer. The diversity of his talents has expressed itself in such works as The Best of Science Fiction, one of the first science fiction anthologies, and The Weather Conditioned House, a standard work for architects.