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Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1952) [Anthology]
by Robert Abernathy Isaac Asimov James Blish Anthony Boucher Ray Bradbury Fredric Brown Arthur C. Clarke Mark Clifton L. Sprague de Camp Lester del Rey A.J. Deutsch Paul Ernst H.B. Fyfe Chester S. Geier Will H. Gray Ann Griffith David Grinnell Wyman Guin W. Hilton-Young Raymond F. Jones David H. Keller Damon Knight John Leimert Murray Leinster Jack London H. P. Lovecraft John D. MacDonald Katherine MacLean Richard Matheson André Maurois Alan E. Nourse Lewis Padgett Peter Phillips Fletcher Pratt Ralph Robin Ross Rocklynne B.F. Ruby Eric Frank Russell Theodore Sturgeon William Tenn A.E. van Vogt Jack Vance Ralph Williams R.R. Winterbotham Rating: Weighted - 9.3 / Average - 10.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

Everything has its heydey, the period of time when it blossoms forth, unstoppable and incomparable. For science fiction, this book is the heydey collection, a new American phenomenon finding out just how important it's going to be, and enjoying every minute of a new freedom. So many breakthroughs had come about so quickly during the war that radical change became a way of life.

This was the time of a new science fiction magazine a month, fan clubs and conventions. Escapism became an industry, and a vital force in people's imaginations. The world of tomorrow was at hand, and it fascinated and terrified us. Science fiction gave shape to the dreams, and the dreamers are here in this book, reigning supreme.

The most striking fact about these little stories is their relevance to today. Theodore Sturgeon's "Never Underestimate...." is about a sexist scientist's attempt to muzzle women's controlling sexual powers over men, through a nuclear bomb test. Asimov's "Homo Sol" contains ethnic jokes ... about humanoids. ("What of Kraut's Law ... which says you can't panic more than five humanoids at a time?") John MacDonald makes it impossible for the reader to ever again indulge lightly in the twenty-fourth century's substitute for life and freedom: a future as the television hero fo one's choice. However, Arthur C. Clarke, in 1949, couldn't predict how early we'd be parking on the moon! In his short masterpiece, "History Lesson," a piece of metal on a mahogany stand bears a silver plate with the inscription: "Auxiliary Igniter from Starboard Jet Spaceship 'Moving Star' Earth-Moon, A.D. 1985."

Then there are the wonderfully orchestrated sci-fi surprises:

"The scientists lay half in the water, their beautiful reptilian bodies gleaming in the sunlight." Now imagine those same scientific visitors to an ice-bound earth watching the only indication of what humans looked like ... from a Mickey Mouse movie!

In "The Scarlet Plague," written in 1913, Jack London seems to predict the onslaught of polio, with amazing accuracy. What, then, of the other predictions of these masterful minds? Will we be reduced, finally, to stone-age rubble? Will some of us be lost in space, able only to rehash old arguments over radios that transmit over ten thousand miles?

This book fascinates and compels as few others do. As R. Scott Latham says in his forward: "No concept was taboo, no style too experimental, no notion too perilous to explore. It was a heady, exhilarating time." With this book in hand, it still is. So sit back and open it, perhaps with a story such as "Homo Sol" with its classic sci-fi beginning: "The seven thousand and fifty-fourth session of the Galactic Congress sat in solemn conclave in the vast semi-circular hall on Eron, second planet of Arcturus."

Part I: Wonders of Earth and of Man

  • John Thomas’s Cube (1945) by John Leimert
  • Hyperpilosity (1938) by L. Sprague de Camp
  • The Thing in the Woods (1935) by Fletcher Pratt & B. F. Ruby
  • And Be Merry... (1950) by Katherine MacLean
  • The Bees from Borneo (1931) by Will H. Gray
  • The Rag Thing (1951) by David Grinnell
  • The Conqueror (1952) by Mark Clifton
Part II: Inventions, Dangerous and Otherwise

  • Never Underestimate... (1952) by Theodore Sturgeon
  • The Doorbell (1934) by David H. Keller
  • A Subway Named Mobius (1950) by A. J. Deutsch
  • Backfire (1943) by Ross Rocklynne
  • The Box (1949) by James Blish
  • Zeritsky’s Law (1951) by Ann Griffith
  • The Fourth Dynasty (1936) by R. R. Winterbotham
Part III: From Outer Space
  • The Colour Out of Space (1927) by H. P. Lovecraft
  • The Head Hunters (1951) by Ralph Williams
  • The Star Dummy (1952) by Anthony Boucher
  • Catch That Martian (1952) by Damon Knight
  • Shipshape Home (1952) by Richard Matheson
  • Homo Sol (1940) by Isaac Asimov
Part IV: Far Traveling
  • Alexander the Bait (1946) by William Tenn
  • Kaleidoscope (1949) by Ray Bradbury
  • "Nothing Happens on the Moon" (1939) by Paul Ernst
  • Trigger Tide (1950) by Wyman Guin
  • Plague (1944) by Murray Leinster
  • Winner Lose All (1951) by Jack Vance
  • Test Piece (1951) by Eric Frank Russell
  • Environment (1944) by Chester S. Geier
Part V: Adventures in Dimension
  • High Threshold (1951) by Alan E. Nourse
  • Spectator Sport (1950) by John D. MacDonald
  • Recruiting Station (1942) by A. E. van Vogt
  • A Stone and a Spear (1950) by Raymond F. Jones
  • What You Need (1945) by Lewis Padgett
  • The Choice (1952) by W. Hilton-Young
Part VI: Worlds of Tomorrow
  • The War Against the Moon (1950) by André Maurois
  • Pleasant Dreams (1951) by Ralph Robin
  • Manners of the Age (1952) by H. B. Fyfe
  • The Weapon (1951) by Fredric Brown
  • The Scarlet Plague (1912) by Jack London
  • Heritage (1942) by Robert Abernathy
  • History Lesson (1949) by Arthur C. Clarke
  • Instinct (1952) by Lester del Rey
  • Counter Charm (1951) by Peter Phillips

Original title: The Omnibus of Science Fiction
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

The following works are contained within this one:
     Colour Out of Space, the (1927) [Novelette]
      Author: H. P. Lovecraft
     Bees from Borneo, the (1931) [Short Story]
      Author: Will H. Gray
     Doorbell, the (1934) [Short Story]
      Author: David H. Keller
     Thing in the Woods, the (1935) [Short Story]
      Authors: Fletcher Pratt , B.F. Ruby
     Fourth Dynasty, the (1936) [Short Story]
      Author: R.R. Winterbotham
     Hyperpilosity (1938) [Short Story]
      Author: L. Sprague de Camp
     "Nothing Happens On The Moon" (1939) [Short Story]
      Author: Paul Ernst
     Homo Sol (1940) [Short Story]
      Author: Isaac Asimov
     Recruiting Station (1942) [Short Story]
      Author: A.E. van Vogt
     Backfire (1943) [Short Story]
      Author: Ross Rocklynne
     Environment (1944) [Short Story]
      Author: Chester S. Geier
     Plague (1944) [Short Story]
      Author: Murray Leinster
     John Thomas's Cube (1945) [Short Story]
      Author: John Leimert
     Alexander the Bait (1946) [Short Story]
      Author: William Tenn
     Box, the (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: James Blish
     Kaleidoscope (1949) [Short Story]
      Author: Ray Bradbury
     Spectator Sport (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: John D. MacDonald
     Subway Named Moebius, a (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: A.J. Deutsch
     And Be Merry... (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Katherine MacLean
     Stone and a Spear, a (1950) [Short Story]
      Author: Raymond F. Jones
     Zeritsky's Law (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Ann Griffith
     Rag Thing, the (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: David Grinnell
     High Threshold (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Alan E. Nourse
     Winner Lose All (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Jack Vance
     Head Hunters, the (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Ralph Williams
     Test Piece (1951) [Short Story]
      Author: Eric Frank Russell
     Star Dummy, the (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Anthony Boucher
     Catch that Martian (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Damon Knight
     Shipshape Home (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Richard Matheson
     Conqueror, the (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Mark Clifton
     Never Underestimate... (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Theodore Sturgeon

Edition #1: Omnibus of Science Fiction, the

Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1952)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Groff Conklin
Introduction by: Groff Conklin
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Manifested in:

Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1988)

Format: Hardcover
Place of publication: New York
Publisher: Random House
ISBN: 0517320975
Pages: 561

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