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Two-volume Anthology. Volume two includes: Brain Wave: Poul Anderson (novel) Bullard Reflects: Malcolm Jameson The Lost Years: Oscar Lewis Dead Center: Judith Merril Lost Art: George O. Smith The Other Side of the Sky: Arthur C. Clarke The Man Who Sold the Moon: Robert A. Heinlein Magic City: Nelson S. Bond The Morning of the Day They Did It: E. B. White Letters from Laura: Mildred C Two-volume Anthology. Volume two includes: Brain Wave: Poul Anderson (novel) Bullard Reflects: Malcolm Jameson The Lost Years: Oscar Lewis Dead Center: Judith Merril Lost Art: George O. Smith The Other Side of the Sky: Arthur C. Clarke The Man Who Sold the Moon: Robert A. Heinlein Magic City: Nelson S. Bond The Morning of the Day They Did It: E. B. White Letters from Laura: Mildred Clingerman The Stars My Destination: Alfred Bester (novel)


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Two-volume Anthology. Volume two includes: Brain Wave: Poul Anderson (novel) Bullard Reflects: Malcolm Jameson The Lost Years: Oscar Lewis Dead Center: Judith Merril Lost Art: George O. Smith The Other Side of the Sky: Arthur C. Clarke The Man Who Sold the Moon: Robert A. Heinlein Magic City: Nelson S. Bond The Morning of the Day They Did It: E. B. White Letters from Laura: Mildred C Two-volume Anthology. Volume two includes: Brain Wave: Poul Anderson (novel) Bullard Reflects: Malcolm Jameson The Lost Years: Oscar Lewis Dead Center: Judith Merril Lost Art: George O. Smith The Other Side of the Sky: Arthur C. Clarke The Man Who Sold the Moon: Robert A. Heinlein Magic City: Nelson S. Bond The Morning of the Day They Did It: E. B. White Letters from Laura: Mildred Clingerman The Stars My Destination: Alfred Bester (novel)

30 review for A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume Two

  1. 5 out of 5

    Carolyn

    Very interesting collection of stories--not sure why one or two of them qualify as scifi. There is one by E.B. White, although I did not previously know he ever wrote science fiction. Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, and one by Alfred Bester, which is the one I bought the book for. (Much cheaper to buy this compendium than to buy The Stars Our Destination as a stand-alone novel. Weird. Anyway: if you like scifi, this is an enjoyable collection.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Jewell Moreno

    This is the second in the series, I haven't found a copy of the first one yet. A quick rundown of the stories offered. Brain Wave (Poul Anderson) - what happens when humanity suddenly becomes smarter. Bullard Reflects (Malcolm James) - A sports team uses their abilities to fight space pirates. The Lost Years (Oscar Lewis ) - An alternative history in which President Lincoln survives his assasination attempt. This was one of my favorites in the book. Dead Center (Judith Merril) - One families tragedy This is the second in the series, I haven't found a copy of the first one yet. A quick rundown of the stories offered. Brain Wave (Poul Anderson) - what happens when humanity suddenly becomes smarter. Bullard Reflects (Malcolm James) - A sports team uses their abilities to fight space pirates. The Lost Years (Oscar Lewis ) - An alternative history in which President Lincoln survives his assasination attempt. This was one of my favorites in the book. Dead Center (Judith Merril) - One families tragedy in the face of space travel. Lost Art (George O. Smith ) - Two men find an ancient Martian artifact and try to determine what it is. The Other Side Of The Sky (Arthur C. Clarke ) - An astronaut relates his experiences in space, for the next generation. The Man Who Sold The Moon (Robert A. Heinlein) - A seriously accurate tale of a man's attempt to reach the moon, and make it possible for all mankind to go there. Magic City (Nelson S. Bond ) - A very fun read, about a post apocalyptic world, and one woman's attempt to make it better. The Morning Of The Day They Did It (E. B. White ) - an astronauts view of a cataclismic event. Piggy Bank (Henry Kuttner ) - A man's obsession with greed and his misguided attempt to build a robot to protect his wealth. Letters From Laura (Mildred Clingerman) - A time travel story, where a future woman travels to ancient greece and meets the Minotaur. The Stars My Destination (Alfred Bester ) - This story had it all. Betrayal, revenge, mystery, multiple worlds, and teleportation. Very exciting read.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Michael Norwitz

    1950's collection of classic science fiction short stories and short novels, including Poul Anderson's Brain Wave, Robert A. Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon, and Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination. Worth reading for some intriguing ideas and an historical glimpse of the genre at the tail end of that decade, although many aspects of them (particularly the gender roles) will be alienating for most contemporary readers. 1950's collection of classic science fiction short stories and short novels, including Poul Anderson's Brain Wave, Robert A. Heinlein's The Man Who Sold the Moon, and Alfred Bester's The Stars My Destination. Worth reading for some intriguing ideas and an historical glimpse of the genre at the tail end of that decade, although many aspects of them (particularly the gender roles) will be alienating for most contemporary readers.

  4. 4 out of 5

    A.L. Sirois

    This volume (2) is less impressive, I think, than the first. True, it has a few killer stories -- most notably Poul Anderson's affecting and relentless "Brain Wave," Judith Merril's "Dead Center," Heinlein's classic "The Man Who Sold the Moon," Clarke's "The Other Side of the Sky,"and Alfred Bester's "The Stars my Destination" -- but it also has inconsequential tales like Malcolm Jameson's "Bullard Reflects," a rather silly space opera, Oscar Lewis's "The Lost Years," an alternate history story, This volume (2) is less impressive, I think, than the first. True, it has a few killer stories -- most notably Poul Anderson's affecting and relentless "Brain Wave," Judith Merril's "Dead Center," Heinlein's classic "The Man Who Sold the Moon," Clarke's "The Other Side of the Sky,"and Alfred Bester's "The Stars my Destination" -- but it also has inconsequential tales like Malcolm Jameson's "Bullard Reflects," a rather silly space opera, Oscar Lewis's "The Lost Years," an alternate history story, well written but basically pointless, about Lincoln surviving Booth's assassination attempt, George O. Smith's "Lost Art,: a mundane puzzle piece, "Magic City," a badly dated post-apocalypse story that was probably hoary even when it was originally published (1942), and a few others, including a disappointing Kuttner tale I hadn't read before. This is worth reading as a companion to the first volume, however -- and the Anderson and Bester stories are every bit as good now as they were back in the day.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Tabetha Wallace

    Rereading one of my favorite collections of Golden Era Science Fiction. Reminds me we need to really reignite the art of the science fiction short story.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Howard Brazee

    This 1958 anthology has classic novels and shorter works making it a good deal if you come across it. Most of these show how SF doesn't age well, with societal changes that make us doubt the 1950 era American stereotype of women's roles. (An exception is "The Stars My Destination"). Still, even though I read these all when I was young, and can read them now understanding when they were written. This 1958 anthology has classic novels and shorter works making it a good deal if you come across it. Most of these show how SF doesn't age well, with societal changes that make us doubt the 1950 era American stereotype of women's roles. (An exception is "The Stars My Destination"). Still, even though I read these all when I was young, and can read them now understanding when they were written.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Chuck Emmer

    A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume OneAnthony Boucher A Treasury of Great Science Fiction, Volume OneAnthony Boucher

  8. 4 out of 5

    Tell Tale Books

    -Gregory Kerkman

  9. 5 out of 5

    Louis

    at Lakewood. Did not read Lost Art. Man Who Sold the Moon

  10. 5 out of 5

    Sean Randall

    Welcome back, the appeal of the science fiction short story. I can't forget the hours and hours I had on Dick and Heinlein and Asimov as a teen, and many of these stories put me right back there as if I'd never left. Brain Wave, by Poul Anderson, is a story I've read several times, and it never gets old. I really like the way Anderson progresses his intelligence, and the animal point of view is also explored which was pretty neat. Bullard Reflects impressed me so much that it gave me the urge to s Welcome back, the appeal of the science fiction short story. I can't forget the hours and hours I had on Dick and Heinlein and Asimov as a teen, and many of these stories put me right back there as if I'd never left. Brain Wave, by Poul Anderson, is a story I've read several times, and it never gets old. I really like the way Anderson progresses his intelligence, and the animal point of view is also explored which was pretty neat. Bullard Reflects impressed me so much that it gave me the urge to stop reading and go and find out more about the author. The punch line really tickled me, which was of course the idea, and I'll certainly be reading more Jameson in 2013. I'd never heard of George O. Smith, but The Lost Art was quite gripping to read and he's another author I've penciled in for future exploration. The Other Side of the Sky was a feel-good piece, an excellent choice from Clark's repertoire. The Man who Sold the Moon isn't my favourite Heinlein by a long shot, but certainly popular and executed with his typical aplomb. I also found a lot to like in Henry Kuttner's Piggy Bank, although it did seem a little predictable and of course very dated. Alfred Bester's The Stars my Destination is perhaps the best long work of the collection for me, for I've read Brain Wave so often that it's lost a little of its appeal. This one I came to new and really liked it; in fact, I'd say it provoked the most thought of all. Jameson comes second, though he'll always be escapist, magazine-style adventure, and then there are a few others that I've already mentioned I shall have to remember to dig up in the new year. If I had to pick one I didn't like at all, it'd be E. B. White's The Morning of the Day they Did It, which I found nonsensical to the point of absurdity. But then again, that old saw of PKD's, the eyes have it, is similarly silly but I can't find myself to dismiss it out-of-hand, so perhaps I'm being a little cruel. Overall, a nice collection for someone who grew up on the stuff I did, and a wide array of authors, styles, themes and motifs to work with.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Steven Peterson

    Volume 2 of Anthony Boucher's 2 book edited set. Great science fiction here! In this work, my favorites: Poul Anderson, "Brain Wave," Arthur C. Clarke, "The Other Side of the Sky," Robert Heinlein, "The Man Who Sold the Moon," Alfred Bester, "The Stars My Destination." Pretty cool to revisit these works. . . . Volume 2 of Anthony Boucher's 2 book edited set. Great science fiction here! In this work, my favorites: Poul Anderson, "Brain Wave," Arthur C. Clarke, "The Other Side of the Sky," Robert Heinlein, "The Man Who Sold the Moon," Alfred Bester, "The Stars My Destination." Pretty cool to revisit these works. . . .

  12. 5 out of 5

    Craig

    This is the second half of a great classic collection. It includes terrific stories from Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Nelson S. Bond, and many others, all of them good, as well as two complete full-length novels, THE STARS MY DESTINATION by Alfred Bester and BRAIN WAVE by Poul Anderson, which are two of the best novels of the 1950's. It's a wonderful pair. This is the second half of a great classic collection. It includes terrific stories from Robert A. Heinlein, Arthur C. Clarke, Nelson S. Bond, and many others, all of them good, as well as two complete full-length novels, THE STARS MY DESTINATION by Alfred Bester and BRAIN WAVE by Poul Anderson, which are two of the best novels of the 1950's. It's a wonderful pair.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Scott Holmes

    See my review of Volume 1. Great stuff

  14. 5 out of 5

    Oroacdc Yea Ju

  15. 4 out of 5

    Davidp

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kenny

  17. 4 out of 5

    Jeff

  18. 5 out of 5

    SaraKat

  19. 4 out of 5

    Hannu Kokko

  20. 5 out of 5

    Ben Stivers

  21. 4 out of 5

    John Sharp

  22. 5 out of 5

    Rob Liebscher

  23. 4 out of 5

    K

  24. 5 out of 5

    John

  25. 4 out of 5

    Laura Shrawder

  26. 5 out of 5

    Stephen

  27. 4 out of 5

    Ray Savarda

  28. 4 out of 5

    Monty

  29. 5 out of 5

    Bill

  30. 4 out of 5

    Booklover1951

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