For this week’s giveaway, we’re diving into sci-fi’s past.
Some of the biggest names with a lasting influence were writers in the 1950s. Frederik Pohl, Theodore Sturgeon and Robert A. Heinlein are names that should come easily to any dedicated fan. The true die-hards will recognize names such as Leigh Brackett, Richard Matheson, Alfred Bester, James Blish, Algis Bundrys and Fritz Leiber.
And the reason I’m dropping all those names? They all have novels collected in the box set I’m giving away.
“American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s” from the Library of America is a hefty two-book set full of works from 1953-1958, edited by Gary K. Wolfe. The titles: “The Space Merchants,” “More Than Human,” “The Long Tomorrow,” “The Shrinking Man,” “Double Star,” “The Stars My Destination,” “A Case of Conscience,” “The Big Time” and “Who?”
Here’s how Library of America describes the volumes:
Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these “outsider” novels have gradually been recognized as American classics. Here are genre-defining works by such masters as Robert Heinlein, Richard Matheson, James Blish and Alfred Bester. The themes range from time travel (Fritz Leiber’s “The Big Time”) to post-apocalyptic survival (Leigh Brackett’s “The Long Tomorrow”), from the prospect of a future dominated by multinational advertising agencies (Pohl and Kornbluth’s “The Space Merchants”) to the very nature of human identity in a technological age (Theodore Sturgeon’s “More Than Human” and Algis Budrys’s “Who?”). The range of styles is equally diverse, by turns satiric, adventurous, incisive, and hauntingly lyrical. Grappling in fresh ways with a world in rapid transformation, these visionary novels opened new imaginative territory in American writing.
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