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Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short): UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds ONE-SHOT, by James Blish SHIPWRECK IN THE SKY, by Eando Binder ZEN, by Jerome Bixby LANCELOT BIGGS Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short): UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds ONE-SHOT, by James Blish SHIPWRECK IN THE SKY, by Eando Binder ZEN, by Jerome Bixby LANCELOT BIGGS COOKS A PIRATE, by Nelson Bond SENTIMENT, INC., by Poul Anderson THE ISSAHAR ARTIFACTS, by J. F. Bone THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP, by Ben Bova YEAR OF THE BIG THAW, by Marion Zimmer Bradley EARTHMEN BEARING GIFTS, by Fredric Brown HAPPY ENDING, by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds LIGHTER THAN YOU THINK, by Nelson Bond RIYA'S FOUNDLING, by Algis Budrys ACCIDENTAL DEATH, by Peter Baily AND ALL THE EARTH A GRAVE, by C. C. MacApp DEAD RINGER, by Lester del Rey THE CRYSTAL CRYPT, by Philip K. Dick THE JUPITER WEAPON, by Charles L. Fontenay THE MAN WHO HATED MARS, by Randall Garrett NAVY DAY, by Harry Harrison THE JUDAS VALLEY, by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett NATIVE SON, by T. D. Hamm JUBILEE, by Richard A. Lupoff FINAL CALL, by John Gregory Betancourt And don't forget to check out all the other volumes in the Megapack series! Search on "Wildside Megapack" in this ebook store to see the complete list...covering more science fiction volumes, plus adventure stories, military, fantasy, ghost stories, westerns, and much more!


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Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short): UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds ONE-SHOT, by James Blish SHIPWRECK IN THE SKY, by Eando Binder ZEN, by Jerome Bixby LANCELOT BIGGS Hours of great reading await, with tales from some of the 20th century's most renowned science fiction authors, Here are 25 science fiction stories (plus a bonus short-short): UNKNOWN THINGS, by Reginald Bretnor CAPTIVES OF THE FLAME, by Samuel R. Delany EXPEDITER, by Mack Reynolds ONE-SHOT, by James Blish SHIPWRECK IN THE SKY, by Eando Binder ZEN, by Jerome Bixby LANCELOT BIGGS COOKS A PIRATE, by Nelson Bond SENTIMENT, INC., by Poul Anderson THE ISSAHAR ARTIFACTS, by J. F. Bone THE NEXT LOGICAL STEP, by Ben Bova YEAR OF THE BIG THAW, by Marion Zimmer Bradley EARTHMEN BEARING GIFTS, by Fredric Brown HAPPY ENDING, by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds LIGHTER THAN YOU THINK, by Nelson Bond RIYA'S FOUNDLING, by Algis Budrys ACCIDENTAL DEATH, by Peter Baily AND ALL THE EARTH A GRAVE, by C. C. MacApp DEAD RINGER, by Lester del Rey THE CRYSTAL CRYPT, by Philip K. Dick THE JUPITER WEAPON, by Charles L. Fontenay THE MAN WHO HATED MARS, by Randall Garrett NAVY DAY, by Harry Harrison THE JUDAS VALLEY, by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett NATIVE SON, by T. D. Hamm JUBILEE, by Richard A. Lupoff FINAL CALL, by John Gregory Betancourt And don't forget to check out all the other volumes in the Megapack series! Search on "Wildside Megapack" in this ebook store to see the complete list...covering more science fiction volumes, plus adventure stories, military, fantasy, ghost stories, westerns, and much more!

30 review for The First Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Modern and Classic Science Fiction Tales

  1. 4 out of 5

    Michael

    An absolute smorgasbord of classic SciFi is on display in this first volume of pulp reprints from Wildside Press. WP has done a great service to the world by making the almost-lost realms of pulp in circulation with this megapack series. Culled from stacks of old magazines from the heydey of fast and cheap publishing, this is also a microcosm of America, a snapshot of hopes, fears, dreams and nightmares. The stories here center on a few themes: Faith or distrust in the government. The perils of s An absolute smorgasbord of classic SciFi is on display in this first volume of pulp reprints from Wildside Press. WP has done a great service to the world by making the almost-lost realms of pulp in circulation with this megapack series. Culled from stacks of old magazines from the heydey of fast and cheap publishing, this is also a microcosm of America, a snapshot of hopes, fears, dreams and nightmares. The stories here center on a few themes: Faith or distrust in the government. The perils of space exploration. Weird inventions. Several First Contact stories mull over what might happen to humans when we discover aliens - and what might happen to the the aliens. But there are a few gems. Harry Harrison brings a rapid adventure feel to a group of spacemen trying to combat an unknown menace on an asteroid that has already claimed the lives of eight men in Navy Day. Another story investigates what might have happened had Julius Caeser not been assassinated (Romans go to Space!). Often the stories take great premises and dead-end into absurdity. An inventor, the renowned Pat Pending, invents the gravity defying lightening rod, and their best plan is to use it to cheat at horse racing. In another, a do-or-die mission rests on one lucky man's hunches (the weaponization of intuition is the idea). Lancelot Biggs Cooks a Pirate practically revels in the absurdity of the genre, as a plucky, too-clever ensign outsmarts the most fiendish pirates in the galaxy. It's good clean fun. But is it art? Absolutely not. There is little of literary aspiration here - the writing is choppy, perfuctory, sacrificed on the altar of speed and utility. Twist endings are practically required. And as usual with fiction directed towards a male audience, sexism is rampant, casual, and unrelenting. Only one woman author, Marion Zimmer Bradley, makes the cut, and her story is a strange, half-baked retelling of Superman's origins. Proceed with blasters drawn and the proper attitude, my friends. There at least seven of these out there awaiting your exploration!

  2. 4 out of 5

    Al "Tank"

    I like the idea of bundling old stories together and selling them cheap. But most of these stories bored me to tears except for 7 of them: -Expediter by Mack Reynolds (Great twist at the end) -Lancelot Biggs Cooks a Pirate by Nelson Bond (cute yarn) -Sentiment, Inc. by Paul Anderson (Can Anderson write a bad story -- I doubt it) -Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (A bad guy protagonist) -Lighter Than You Think by Nelson Bond (I like "plans that go south" stories) -The Crystal Crypt by Ph I like the idea of bundling old stories together and selling them cheap. But most of these stories bored me to tears except for 7 of them: -Expediter by Mack Reynolds (Great twist at the end) -Lancelot Biggs Cooks a Pirate by Nelson Bond (cute yarn) -Sentiment, Inc. by Paul Anderson (Can Anderson write a bad story -- I doubt it) -Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds (A bad guy protagonist) -Lighter Than You Think by Nelson Bond (I like "plans that go south" stories) -The Crystal Crypt by Philip K. Dick (Another "twist" story) -The Judas Valley by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett (problems on a strange planet - well done) But those 7 were unable to balance out the other 20 stories to save the collection from an overall bad review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Meredith

    Bought it for the Samuel R. Delaney story, which did not disappoint. Well worth the 55 cents even if I don't read the rest. And I may read the rest. But I feel I got the meat out of it.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jewell Moreno

    I actually loved this anthology. So much so that I ordered some more from the same publisher. I love historical science fiction anyway, and these were some of the best. First time I read a novella by Samuel Delaney. And two stories in particular were phenomenal and apply to today's issues just as much as they did 50 some odd years ago. Sentiment, Inc by Poul Anderson and Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds respectively. They did a great job picking these stories, and I thoroughly enj I actually loved this anthology. So much so that I ordered some more from the same publisher. I love historical science fiction anyway, and these were some of the best. First time I read a novella by Samuel Delaney. And two stories in particular were phenomenal and apply to today's issues just as much as they did 50 some odd years ago. Sentiment, Inc by Poul Anderson and Happy Ending by Fredric Brown and Mack Reynolds respectively. They did a great job picking these stories, and I thoroughly enjoyed them.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Alethea Hammer

    I have fond memories of buying cheap entertainment in the form of used paperback sci-fi novels and anthologies back in the early 70's. 25 cents per book and they would swap them back in trade at two for one. This lovely big anthology reminds me of a trip back in time to stock up on great reading for a buck.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Alistair Ravie

    A mixed bag of old Sci-Fi stories, some ok some a bit dull. Interesting to see how the sci-fi writers of the time saw the future developing. The simplistic views of how people could be living on Mars reflect how little we knew of the nature of other worlds at the time.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Ricky Kimsey

    Good Fitst Volume This first volume in a (so far) 14 volume series of anthologies contains some great stories from top writers in the field. My personal favorite in ths volume is The Man Who Hated Mars which is a terrific story about the colonization of the red planet.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Kenneth Northover

    Variable read A mixed bag of short stories. Mostly entertaining. It is interesting to contrast the old with the new. The true masters were consistently ahead of their time.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Reuben Robert

    Some hits, many misses I like short stories, and this collection wasn't too bad. Some good tales interspersed with quite a few 'meh' ones.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Redlane65

    Good selection of stories. I usually don't enjoy the range but if you like a book with variety, then this is for you!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Alan K Grover

    Good old Classic Stories Nice to read the old stories, when space was still a mystery and the other planets were not so well known.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Ian Duvall

    inc the final call

  13. 4 out of 5

    Vee

    a very mixed bag. some i did not care for, some i really enjoyed. maybe 2.5 overall idk

  14. 5 out of 5

    Janice

    This collection is uneven, but I'm grateful that it introduced me to Mack Reynolds.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Earl Truss

    Most of thesE stories have been published elsewhere. I was surprised at how good some of the others were. I did not expect this at all.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Michael

    2 stars for the stories as so many of them are very dated now albeit, in some cases, very interesting. The extra star is for the value for money - excellent value!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jeff Schwander

    Good reading Nice collection of short Sci-fi stories. Some spelling errors, probably from when they were re-typeset for the collection, but still a good collection.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Sotolf Flasskjegg

    What can I say, it wasn't that easy to give this book a score since the stories it contains are so different both in the style, the quality and feeling. There were some 4 star short stories in there, but also some 2. Some were a drag to get through, others a pleasure. all in all I have to say I enjoyed it though, but I'm looking forward to reading something with a bit more consistent style.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Frank Van Geirt

    Not finished. Gave it a try, but it seems I'm not really into short stories.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Carole O'Brien

    Love these mega packs, favorite story's are Unknown things by Reginald Bretnor, a story about a man who likes to collect things that are rare and no one knows what they are supposed to be, this story has a shocking twist at the end, very good. I am going to include Sentiment Inc in my favorites list written by Poul Anderson, as it is so well written and has a really good ending, it is about a couple who are happy with each other and then the girlfriend agrees to go and be a guinea pig for resea Love these mega packs, favorite story's are Unknown things by Reginald Bretnor, a story about a man who likes to collect things that are rare and no one knows what they are supposed to be, this story has a shocking twist at the end, very good. I am going to include Sentiment Inc in my favorites list written by Poul Anderson, as it is so well written and has a really good ending, it is about a couple who are happy with each other and then the girlfriend agrees to go and be a guinea pig for research , her personality changed overnight and she ended up marrying some one else, the ex boyfriend is suspicious and try's to find out what has happened. The Next LogicAl Step by Ben Bova is a really good short story about the war to end all wars, I had forgotten how good Ben Bova was as it is a long time since I have read any of his books. Zen by Jerome Bixby is another favorite of mine, it is a story about the last Zen alive, who's world was destroyed by its own doing, lovely ending. Lancelot Bigg cooks a Pirate by Nelson Bond, a story about a cargo ship and the experience it has when a band of pirates dock the ship, very humorous ending, loved it. All Earth A Grave by C.C McApp, very unusual subject matter, dark but keeps you reading till the very end with its intrigue and suspense.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Edward Swalwell

    I enjoyed many of the earlier stories - which struck the right balance between solid sci-fi, and the more philosophical thought-experiment-ish sci-fi. The second story being by far the longest in the book (and, whilst very interesting, not the best by quite a margin) was a little off-putting, but I'd definitely recommend persevering (or skipping...) through that one. Some particular favourites were: Unknown Things: A rather interesting horror tale, with very limited sci-fi elements (rather odd in I enjoyed many of the earlier stories - which struck the right balance between solid sci-fi, and the more philosophical thought-experiment-ish sci-fi. The second story being by far the longest in the book (and, whilst very interesting, not the best by quite a margin) was a little off-putting, but I'd definitely recommend persevering (or skipping...) through that one. Some particular favourites were: Unknown Things: A rather interesting horror tale, with very limited sci-fi elements (rather odd in the first story), but enthralling nonetheless. Expiditer: An alternative history USSR tries to fix itself before it's too late. Somewhat heavy-handed with it's message, but surprisingly balanced and not quite as two dimensional as it seems initially. The Man who Hated Mars: An interesting tale featuring a (rather well written) thoroughly hateful protagonist. Many of the other stories were a little more average: enjoyable for the most part, but nothing spectacular. However, on the whole it was a good read, I'd recommend it - and for 31p, it's a bargain.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Weenie

    Struggled a bit with this one. It didn't help that the second 'short story' was actually 12 rather inconsistent chapters long. I only really enjoyed reading 5-6 of the stories from the entire book, of which the ones I recall were about a cow ('Riya's Foundling' by Algis Budrys), someone who believes there are aliens masquerading as humans ('Dead Ringer by Lester del Rey) and the mystery of dead crew on a distant planet ('The Judas Valley' by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett). Struggled a bit with this one. It didn't help that the second 'short story' was actually 12 rather inconsistent chapters long. I only really enjoyed reading 5-6 of the stories from the entire book, of which the ones I recall were about a cow ('Riya's Foundling' by Algis Budrys), someone who believes there are aliens masquerading as humans ('Dead Ringer by Lester del Rey) and the mystery of dead crew on a distant planet ('The Judas Valley' by Robert Silverberg & Randall Garrett).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Anthony

    Consisted of a selection of classic SF novella and novelettes, and a very long story by Samuel Delany (one of 25 or so stories, but more than 25% of the whole book) placed very early on as if to test the resolve and patience of the reader. Some stories were good, some bad. Should appeal to fans of SF who would like to take a break from the modern cyberpunk and high-tech SF and hark back to the classics of the 50s and 60s from the past masters.

  24. 5 out of 5

    John

    An interesting collection of early science-fiction short stories. As a single "megapack," it's noteworthy in that it shows the stylistic limitations of early authors, while still reflecting the ingenuity they brought to the table. Contains Samuel R. Delany's "Captives of the Flame," which is worth the admission ticket alone. Got it for $0.99 as an Amazon Kindle book. I would have paid more, but not very much more.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Patrick Gibson

    Somewhere in the middle of this Sci-fi mixed bag of short stories and novellas is 'THE CRYSTAL CRYPT,' by Philip K. Dick -- a wonderful story I haven’t come across in any other Dick compilations. I am marginally aware of the great Sci-fi magazine heydays of the 50’s and 60’s, but this trend was over by the time I began to read. Now is my chance to catch up. There are dozens of these Megapacks mining all that languishing material. More, more, more ←me!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Spiegel

    Some ok stories, some didn't age so well; the first story (which was quite good) I'd already read in another collection. I skipped the second story, which is a novelette and just didn't grab me enough to persevere.

  27. 5 out of 5

    debra conner

    Amazing Short Stories The majority of these stories are very entertaining. I was disappointed with the ending of a couple, but otherwise quite satisfied. If you love Sci-fi, you'll enjoy this collection.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Charles

    Had to check this ebook out from the library multiple times in order to finish it. Loved the multiple story lines and points of view.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Andrew

    some good, some ok stories.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Charles

    Decided to set this aside for now -- just not in the mood to read that many "classic" SF stories.

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