Detailed view for the Book: 50 Short Science Fiction Tales (Anthology)

You visit a world where Robots strain to remember the existence of the Men who created them; hear the tantalizingly brief report of a man who returns from a trip to the future; see the snake-armed Thing that emerges from the minds of the people who conjure it. You meet a souvenir hunter in the Thirtieth Century and a schoolgirl who tries to cope with the teaching methods of the Twenty-second Century. You share the terror of an astronaut in a "haunted" space suit and the dilemma of a wife whose husband knows a common chemical formula for destroying the earth. In short, you feel the impact, the originality, and the uncanny atmosphere created by these science fiction experts not once-- but 50 times.
50 Short Science Fiction Tales have been selected for their concise writing, and for punch lines that leave the reader "surprised, shocked, and delighted at the final sentence." According to the editors, another important aspect of this literary form is "evocation of a background differing from our own." Consequently, though some of the stories are just a page long, the reading experience is always excitingly unique.


Ballade of an Artificial Satellite by Poul Anderson
The Fun They Had by Isaac Asimov
Men Are Different by Alan Bloch
The Ambassadors by Anthony Boucher
The Weapon by Fredric Brown
Random Sample by T. P. Caravan
Oscar by Cleve Cartmill
The Mist by Peter Cartur
Teething Ring by James Causey
The Haunted Spacesuit by Arthur C. Clarke
Stair Trick by Mildred Clingerman
Unwelcome Tenant by Roger Dee
The Mathematicians by Arthur Feldman
The Third Level by Jack Finney
Beautiful, Beautiful, Beautiful! by Stuart Friedman
The Figure by Edward Grendon
The Rag Thing by David Grinnell
The Good Provider by Marion Gross
Columbus Was a Dope by Robert A. Heinlein
Texas Week by Albert Hernhuter
Hilda by H. B. Hickey
The Choice by W. Hilton-Young
Not with a Bang by Damon Knight
The Altar at Midnight by C. M. Kornbluth
A Bad Day for Sales by Fritz Leiber
Who???s Cribbing? by Jack Lewis
Spectator Sport by John D. MacDonald
The Cricket Ball by Avro Manhattan
Double-take by Winston K. Marks
Prolog by John P. McKnight
The Available Data on the Worp Reaction by Lion Miller
Narapoia by Alan Nelson
Tiger by the Tail by Alan E. Nourse
Counter Charm by Peter Phillips
The Fly by Arthur Porges
The Business, as Usual by Mack Reynolds
Two Weeks in August by Frank M. Robinson
See? by Edward G. Robles, Jr.
Appointment at Noon by Eric Frank Russell
We Don???t Want Any Trouble by James H. Schmitz
Built Down Logically by Howard Schoenfeld
An Egg a Month from All Over by Idris Seabright
The Perfect Woman by Robert Sheckley
The Hunters by Walt Sheldon
The Martian and the Magician by Evelyn E. Smith
Barney by Will Stanton
Talent by Theodore Sturgeon
Project Hush by William Tenn
The Great Judge by A. E. van Vogt
Emergency Landing by Ralph Williams
Obviously Suicide by S. Fowler Wright
Six Haiku by Karen Anderson

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