Friday, January 21, 2011

Great Stories of Space Travel, by Groff Conklin (editor)


A collection of consistently high-quality short stories. I was going to list the good ones, as I did with The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 1 (which definitely had some stinkers in it), but they're kind of all good ones. And as is so often the case with science fiction, the stories of adventures in other worlds tell us things about the world we live in--or the way it ought to be. The ideas of respect for those different from ourselves, the psychology of death, the challenges of adjusting to a world that has passed us by, the flaws in purely selfish and utilitarian thinking that endangers the lives of others, the nature of fear, the importance of freedom, the dangers of assimilation, and the temptation to hide our shortcomings . . . to say nothing of the vital importance of canine companionship in all space voyages.

All in all, a great little book.

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