quinta-feira, 28 de maio de 2009

Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years of Science Fiction vol.6



In the real world it was a simply terrific year.

In the real world the eighth World Science Fiction Convention (the Norwescon) was held in far away Portland, Oregon.

Also in the real world Galaxy Science Fiction was born and under the editorship of H. L. Gold quickly established itself as one of the premier magazines in the field.

If this was not enough, The Magazine of Fantasy, launched the year before,changed its name to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, and also rapidly achieved excellence, transforming Astounding Science Fiction from the “Big One,” to one of the “Big Three.”

The tide continued to rise with the appearance of Damon Knight’s excellent Worlds Beyond, Raymond Palmer’s/Beatrice Mahaffey’s Imagination, Malcolm Reiss’ Two Complete Science Adventure Books, and a refurbished Future Combined With Science Fiction Stories.

In England, Walter H. Gillings started Science-Fantasy, an uneven magazine but one that would enjoy a long life.

These events overshadowed the folding of A. Merritt’s Fantasy Magazine in October.

In the real world, more important people made their maiden voyages into reality: in January—Cordwainer Smith with “Scanners Live in Vain”, in February—Paul Fairman with “No Teeth for the Tiger”; in March—Gordon R. Dickson (co-authored with Poul Anderson) with “Trespass!”; in April—Mack Reynolds with “Isolationist”; in the summer—Richard Matheson with “Born of Man and Woman”; in November—Chad Oliver with “The Land of Lost Content”; and in December—J. T. McIntosh with “The Curfew Tolls.”

More wondrous things happened in the real world as outstanding novels, stories and collections were published in magazines and in book form: James Blish began his “Oakie” series of novelettes, while L. Sprague de Camp and Fletcher Pratt published their first “Gavagan’s Bar” story.

The Dreaming Jewels by Theodore Sturgeon appeared in Fantastic Adventures, Judith Merril’s first anthology, Shot in the Dark, appeared in paperback, and sf fans had the pleasure of reading Pebble in the Sky by Isaac Asimov and The Martian Chronicles by Ray Bradbury as part of Doubleday’s new science fiction line. A. E. van Vogt brought together earlier stories in an attractive package and produced The Voyage of the Space Beagle.

On a more serious note, veteran science fiction writer L. Ron Hubbard published an article entitled “Dianetics, the Involution of a Science” in Astounding, which eventually led to controversy, to the distraction and temporary loss to sf of several important writers, and, incidentally to the establishment of something that considered itself a new religion.

The non-print media began to embrace science fiction with the release of Destination Moon, (based very loosely on Robert A. Heihlein’s juvenile novel Rocketship Galileo), The Flying Saucer, The Perfect Woman, the unforgettable Prehistoric Women, and the moody Rocketship XM. Tom Corbett: Space Cadet debuted on television. Let us travel back to that honored year of 1950 and enjoy the best stories that the real world bequeathed to us.


THE RED QUEEN’S RACE - Isaac Asimov
FLAW - John D.MacDonald
PRIVATE EYE - Lewis Padgett
MANNA - Peter Phillips
THE PRISONER IN THE SKULL - Lewis Padgett
ALIEN EARTH - Edmond Hamilton
HISTORY LESSON - Arthur C.Clarke
ETERNITY LOST - Clifford D. Simak
THE ONLY THING WE LEARN - C. M.Kornbluth
PRIVATE—KEEP OUT - Philip MacDonald
THE HURKLE IS A HAPPY BEAST - Theodore Sturgeon
KALEIDOSCOPE - Ray Bradbury
DEFENSE MECHANISM - Katherine MacLean
COLD WAR - Harry Kuttner
THE WITCHES OF KARRES - James H. Schmitz
NOT WITH A BANG - Damon Knight
SPECTATOR SPORT - John D. MacDonald
THERE WILL COME SOFT RAINS - Ray Bradbury
DEAR DEVIL Eric - Frank Russell
SCANNERS LIVE IN VAIN - Cordwainer Smith
BORN OF MAN AND WOMAN - Richard Matheson
THE LITTLE BLACK BAG - C. M.Kornbluth
ENCHANTED VILLAGE - A. E. van Vogt
ODDY AND ID - Alfred Bester
THE SACK - William Morrison
THE SILLY SEASON - C. M.Kornbluth
MISBEGOTTEN MISSIONARY - Isaac Asimov
TO SERVE MAN - Damon Knight
COMING ATTRACTION - Fritz Leiber
A SUBWAY NAMED MOBIUS - A. J.Deutsch
PROCESS - A. E.van Vogt
THE MINDWORM - C. M.Kornbluth
THE NEW REALITY - Charles L.Harness

Isaac Asimov Presents The Golden Years od Science Fiction - 6th series
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