The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum

The Best of Stanley G Weinbaum Contents A Martian Odyssey Valley of Dreams The Adaptive Ultimate Parasite Planet Pygmalion s Spectacles Shifting Seas The Worlds of If The Mad Moon Redemption

  • Title: The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • Author: Stanley G. Weinbaum
  • ISBN: 9780345238900
  • Page: 487
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Contents A Martian Odyssey 1934 Valley of Dreams 1934 The Adaptive Ultimate 1935 Parasite Planet 1935 Pygmalion s Spectacles 1935 Shifting Seas 1937 The Worlds of If 1935 The Mad Moon 1935 Redemption Cairn 1936 The Ideal 1935 The Lotus Eaters 1935 Proteus Island 1936

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    1. Okay this was a book I picked up because of the cover. However I will this time admit it was more because I recognised the artist than I did the author. The piece is by Peter Ellson and goes by the same names as the book. Peter Elson was yet another artist featured in the books of Paper Tiger so I sort of use that as my defence.But what of the book - well like I said I knew next to nothing of Stanley G Weinbaum which is criminal considering how influential both the stories contained in this book [...]

    2. Stanley G. Weinbaum, according to Isaac Asimov, existed before the "Golden Age" of science fiction (which according to him was before the path-breaking editor John W. Campbell appeared on the scene). In those "dark ages", science fiction was mostly composed of the stories of the "space opera" style: adventure stories of the type H. Rider Haggard produced, only they were transplanted to Mars and Venus instead of Africa. Indeed, it is maybe no coincidence that Edgar Rice Burroughs created both Tar [...]

    3. Stanley G Weinbaum was a brilliant flame who flashed brightly across the night sky of golden age science fiction. Starting in July of 1934 he published one of the most influential science fiction short stories in history, “A Martian Odyssey”. He would publish many more short stories in pulp magazines, more than most aspiring. Eighteen months later he would be dead of lung cancer. What might have been….The Best of Stanley G Weinbaum is a collection of his short fiction which appeared in 197 [...]

    4. "A Martian Odyssey" is still, to date, the best portrayal of a true alien. In all other attempts we see some diminutive form of human being. Not so here.Stanley G. Weinbaum was a rising star in science fiction in the 1930s until his life was cut short by stomach cancer.Don't deny yourself the privilege of reading his words and do allow the sands of time to slip back so that you will read his stories without incredulity. If you do, you will be well-rewarded.

    5. One of my favorite SF writers of all time now. Weinbaum had a singular imagination when it came to alien worlds, and especially alien beings. The stories in this volume are very memorable. And though written for 1930s pulps, these stories don't seem very dated except in a few details. Highly recommend!

    6. Weinbaum was probably the first and certainly the most influential writer in the pre-Campbell era to write good, modern, character-driven science fiction. His Martian, Tweel, remains one of the best truly alien characters ever created. This volume, with an Isaac Asimov introduction and an afterward from Robert Bloch, collects the best of his works.

    7. It is truly amazing that science fiction stories written so long ago have lost nothing despite so much that wasn't known, or was since disproven.

    8. I read the short story, Parasite Planet by Stanley G. Weinbaum, which is featured in The Best of Stanley G. Weinbaum, many, many years ago and there was one particular section that has stuck with me ever since: "He uncapped a can of beans, watched a moment to see that no stray molds had remained in the air to infect the food, then opened the visor of his suit and swallowed hastily. Thereafter he drank the blood-warm water and poured carefully what remained into the water pouch within his transki [...]

    9. t's a real shame he died before the sci-fi boom of the 60s it would have been really interesting to see where he went. Weinbaum's solar system was, of course, very colored by 30s beliefs, but it's super fun Martian Bird People that may have been the Egyptian Gods tiny rat people on Io that have nearly our level of civilization, Swamps on Venus, etc. Most of the stories fall into two categories travelogue types that explore different planets, and the others with Dixon Wells (playboy loser extraor [...]

    10. Whenever I read an author as old as this one I allow for more patience than I would for modern day authors. The stories within this book are early science fiction gems. I had to allow for male misogyny as many early writers wrote their female characters for their males, not as characters of their own. Some stories would read as space drama because of this if they were independent novels. What rescues these stories are the concepts of the planets and their inhabitants, I feel. I feel that these s [...]

    11. A collection of stunning short stories written in the 30's but ahead of their time in their depiction of bizarre alien life forms.

    12. This has been sitting on currently reading for a while. Since it was all short stories, I kept it bedside as a book to read in between books.Anyway, I first read a Stanley G. Weinbaum story (Parasite Planet) in a collection of pulp stories that I got out of the Michigan City, Ind Public Library a long time ago. The story was OK, but the richly imagined and drawn landscape of Venus was throughly enjoyable to read (these stories were written n the 1930s, mind you, so anything was possible). Anyway [...]

    13. Weinbaum has come up on my radar a couple times over the years, often described as an early light in sci-fi, extinguished all too soon. This collection has most of his popular works (maybe all of them?) since he was only active a few years before passing away. The anthology is a nifty collection of stories from the 1930s that seem more forward-looking than others of the time. The writing is solid--not amazing, but Weinbaum can tell a tale and create a realistic future science-fiction world at th [...]

    14. I want to reduce all my other science-fiction book ratings by one star so that this one is the only one with five stars. Absolutely stunning.

    15. I certainly see why Weinbaum is so important to the history of s.f His stories' intellectual rigor, creativity of settings and themes, and quality of prose far surpasses other science fiction of the time, so much so that it can still be accounted as high-quality s.f. after all these decades. My favorite short stories from this volume were "A Martian Odyssey," "The Lotus Eaters," and "Shifting Seas."

    16. Sci-Fi stories from the mid 30s. Critically, they don't have much of interest to say about the human condition and while they are far from the worst in the portrayal of women, the stories were written for young men, and the women, once introduced, follow a very predictable path to love and marriage.On to the gushing. Weinbaum was an incredibly smooth writer. Unlike so much old sci-fi, these stories just flow. And the aliens and environments he imagines are top-shelf work. Imaginative and well co [...]

    17. An outstanding collection of early science fiction stories which combine imagination and adventure in a way seldom equaled in the genre again. Some of the most memorable aliens and worlds in science fiction, and wonderful yarns that beg to be read again and again.

    18. Stephen King favorably mentioned author for science-fiction stories written in post-war WWII in Chapter one of King's 1983 Berkeley paperback edition of Danse Macabre.

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