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Reviews of Alone Against Tomorrow: A 10-Year Survey (1971)

Review by clong (2005-01-24)
Ellison is one of the great authors of short stories of speculative fiction. This 1971 collection offers a nice sampling of his work. Stories range from very traditional scifi tales ("Life Hutch" or "Night Vigil") to horror tales ("All the Sounds of Fear" or "Lonelyache") to something more like dark fantasy ("Pennies, Off a Dead Manís Eyes" or "Are You Listening?"). Several of them would have made great Twilight Zone episodes. Two of Ellison's most famous stories are included: "I Have No Mouth, and I Must Scream" (my personal favorite--this story makes Skynet of Terminator fame seem like a warm puppy!), and "'Repent, Harliquin!' Said the Ticktockman" (which I enjoyed, but not any more than several other interesting tales in the collection).

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