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Contents: Introduction: Fat! / Isaac Asimov -- Sylvester's revenge / Vance Aandahl -- Fat farm / Orson Scott Card -- The Stretch / Sam Merwin, Jr. -- Camels and dromedaries, Clem / R.A. Lafferty -- The Champ / T. Coraghessan Boyle -- The Truth about Pyecraft / H.G. Wells -- The Iron Chancellor / Robert Silverberg -- The Man who ate the world / Frederik Pohl -- Gladys's Gregory / Joh Contents: Introduction: Fat! / Isaac Asimov -- Sylvester's revenge / Vance Aandahl -- Fat farm / Orson Scott Card -- The Stretch / Sam Merwin, Jr. -- Camels and dromedaries, Clem / R.A. Lafferty -- The Champ / T. Coraghessan Boyle -- The Truth about Pyecraft / H.G. Wells -- The Iron Chancellor / Robert Silverberg -- The Man who ate the world / Frederik Pohl -- Gladys's Gregory / John Anthony West -- Abercrombie Station / Jack Vance -- Shipping clerk / William Morrison -- The Malted milk monster / William Tenn -- The Food farm / Kit Reed -- The Artist of hunger / Scott Russell Sanders -- Quitters, Inc. / Stephen King


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Contents: Introduction: Fat! / Isaac Asimov -- Sylvester's revenge / Vance Aandahl -- Fat farm / Orson Scott Card -- The Stretch / Sam Merwin, Jr. -- Camels and dromedaries, Clem / R.A. Lafferty -- The Champ / T. Coraghessan Boyle -- The Truth about Pyecraft / H.G. Wells -- The Iron Chancellor / Robert Silverberg -- The Man who ate the world / Frederik Pohl -- Gladys's Gregory / Joh Contents: Introduction: Fat! / Isaac Asimov -- Sylvester's revenge / Vance Aandahl -- Fat farm / Orson Scott Card -- The Stretch / Sam Merwin, Jr. -- Camels and dromedaries, Clem / R.A. Lafferty -- The Champ / T. Coraghessan Boyle -- The Truth about Pyecraft / H.G. Wells -- The Iron Chancellor / Robert Silverberg -- The Man who ate the world / Frederik Pohl -- Gladys's Gregory / John Anthony West -- Abercrombie Station / Jack Vance -- Shipping clerk / William Morrison -- The Malted milk monster / William Tenn -- The Food farm / Kit Reed -- The Artist of hunger / Scott Russell Sanders -- Quitters, Inc. / Stephen King

30 review for The Science Fiction Weight Loss Book

  1. 4 out of 5

    Sarah Rigg

    I'm giving this anthology 4 stars practically just on the strength of the story "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card. I read this more than 30 years ago and still remember it. I recall it being a strong collection overall, though with stories by Asimov, Steven King, H.G. Wells, and T. Coraghessan Boyle to boot. Asimov dug deep for this anthology. I'm giving this anthology 4 stars practically just on the strength of the story "Fat Farm" by Orson Scott Card. I read this more than 30 years ago and still remember it. I recall it being a strong collection overall, though with stories by Asimov, Steven King, H.G. Wells, and T. Coraghessan Boyle to boot. Asimov dug deep for this anthology.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Patricia

    Something I would not normally be drawn to read but ended up really enjoying it. Reminds me to stay open to all genres of fiction.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Lawrence

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  4. 5 out of 5

    Kara

    I read this a while ago and vaguely remembered really liking it, and clearly remembered LOVING 'The Iron Chancellor.' I finally found a used copy to re-read. Thoughts now: Isaac Asimov starts off the collection with an introductory essay briefly covering the science and history of fat in that oh so dry way he was so good at that makes me wish he (on top of the million things he actually did) had also made history documentaries a la David Starkey style. Sylvester's Revenge by Vance Aandahl – It’s l I read this a while ago and vaguely remembered really liking it, and clearly remembered LOVING 'The Iron Chancellor.' I finally found a used copy to re-read. Thoughts now: Isaac Asimov starts off the collection with an introductory essay briefly covering the science and history of fat in that oh so dry way he was so good at that makes me wish he (on top of the million things he actually did) had also made history documentaries a la David Starkey style. Sylvester's Revenge by Vance Aandahl – It’s like The Island of Dr. Moreau but with fat rather than animal parts. Points for evil scientist gender equality. Fat Farm by Orson Scott Card – The seeds are sown here for Sci-Fi stories other authors would write decades later like Altered Carbon as it deals with copying and pasting memories into upgraded clones, as well as the rather awkward question of what to do with unwanted extras. Stretch by Sam Merwin, Jr. – Since we’re dealing with weight and mass, why not throw in dimension as well? Think Flatlands meets Mad Men, with all the sexism that implies. Camels and dromedaries, Clem by R.A. Lafferty – This was only tangentially related to the anthology theme and too weird to be interesting. The Champ by T. Coraghessan Boyle – While the framing device of boxing was entertaining, real life eating competitions have far outstripped the speculation here. The Truth About Pyecraft by H.G. Wells – Oh Victorian Sci-Fi. You so racist. The Iron Chancellor by Robert Silverberg – Now this is some good old fashioned Atomicpunk! Bring on the gadgets and gizmos and G-rated family dramas! Oh Silverberg, you silver fox, you can trap me in the kitchen anytime. ;-) This is hands down the best in the collection and the most on point. The Man Who Ate The World by Frederik Pohl – Pohl brilliantly puts his fingers on the pulse in that not only has rich become thin and poor become fat, but in our society the rich have become able to be Spartan with their possessions and the poor have become overwhelmed with a need for too much stuff, partly to keep certain economic systems going. But instead of a larger dystopia, we focus on what this does to a child’s mind, and the consequences for everyone. Gladys's Gregory by John Anthony West – Well that was weird. Can’t decide if it was sexist or subversive. Either way – weird. Like The Lottery but with…. weigh ins…and trophies… question mark? Abercrombie Station by Jack Vance – To flip the standards of pretty and ugly isn’t a new idea, but it’s used well here. However, Jean’s 180 flip from flint hearted dame to crying damsel was either a brilliant portrayal of how people are complicated or a very clumsily handled attempt at in-depth characterization. I really can’t say which. Shipping Clerk by William Morrison – Interesting to see what a long shadow the Great Depression cast on everything, even Sci-Fi of later eras. The Malted Milk Monster by William Tenn – The creepy kid with super powers pops up all over the place (especially Star Trek) but I liked the Madison Ave pop-psych angle the writing of this era came with. The Food Farm by Kit Reed – Ummm, I don’t really get the musician part of the story, and all the rest would be done better in later stories that tackle the revolt-against-the-system idea. The Artist of Hunger by Scott Russell Sanders – Oh boy does this ever predict the present of advertising bombardment and the fat-thin cycle being sold everywhere right now. Quitters, Inc. by Stephen King – Well, it’s Stephen King, so it’s scary and the characters are f*cked up and I was completely sucked in and horrified at the same time. Not sure it qualifies as Sci-Fi, but obviously still a well written story to end the collection on. Overall, I don’t think these boys pushed the theme far enough. Real life has long since overtaken most of these stories, but it was a fairly entertaining fruit salad of ideas. Speaking of which – please read this for a hilarious look into the culture these writers were coming from: http://www.candyboots.com/wwcards/ins...

  5. 4 out of 5

    Herman Schmitz

    Boa ideia mas na prática não convence muito... Os contos são desiguais e a tradução é deplorável. Vale pela introdução do Asimov que é bastante irônica e típica do mestre!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Kevin

    Thinly conceived (ha!), this anthology has yielded stories that are silly and antiquated ("The Stretch"), banal genre fare ("Quitters, Inc."), pretentious and insubstantial (Boyle and Lafferty's contributions), and the single most monstrously stupid story I have ever read (Vance Aandahl's awful, stupid and worthless "Sylvester's Revenge", which has got to be the dumbest piece of shit ever submitted for publishing; your auntie's "Scrubs" fan fiction is better literature). There may be winners I h Thinly conceived (ha!), this anthology has yielded stories that are silly and antiquated ("The Stretch"), banal genre fare ("Quitters, Inc."), pretentious and insubstantial (Boyle and Lafferty's contributions), and the single most monstrously stupid story I have ever read (Vance Aandahl's awful, stupid and worthless "Sylvester's Revenge", which has got to be the dumbest piece of shit ever submitted for publishing; your auntie's "Scrubs" fan fiction is better literature). There may be winners I have not yet delved into, but I thought Orson Scott Card's story was good.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    Yes, George R.R. Martin did once collaborate with Asimov on (editing) a book. You might win a bet in a con suite with that trivia question. It's something of an unusual and uneven collection... good stories by Orson Scott Card, Frederik Pohl, and Kit Reed... the H.G. Wells was an interesting curiosity... there's a nice story by Stephen King, though an excerpt from Thinner would have been a better choice. Yes, George R.R. Martin did once collaborate with Asimov on (editing) a book. You might win a bet in a con suite with that trivia question. It's something of an unusual and uneven collection... good stories by Orson Scott Card, Frederik Pohl, and Kit Reed... the H.G. Wells was an interesting curiosity... there's a nice story by Stephen King, though an excerpt from Thinner would have been a better choice.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Thomas

    A dated but still relevant collection of amusing, horrific, satisfying, and boring short stories on fat with a science fiction backdrop.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    12/15/86. No library.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sash

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  12. 5 out of 5

    Ariadna Schuck

  13. 5 out of 5

    Tasha

  14. 4 out of 5

    Bridget

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    Beth

  16. 5 out of 5

    Becky Wolsk

  17. 5 out of 5

    Adam Meek

  18. 4 out of 5

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  19. 5 out of 5

    Susan

  20. 5 out of 5

    Brad Thompson

  21. 5 out of 5

    Donna

  22. 5 out of 5

    Daniella Parra

  23. 4 out of 5

    Bill

  24. 5 out of 5

    Jeffrey

  25. 5 out of 5

    Pölly

  26. 4 out of 5

    Julianne

  27. 4 out of 5

    Cristiano Carneiro

  28. 4 out of 5

    Holly

  29. 5 out of 5

    Meg Elison

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer

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