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From a time out of legend when Earth rules the starways, to an isolated planet where men and women become something more - or less - than human, to a challenging game of interstellar diplomacy where the fate of empires hangs in the balance, here are visionsof the distant future, of conquerors and conquered, of politicians, scientists, warriors, and adventurers, dwellers al From a time out of legend when Earth rules the starways, to an isolated planet where men and women become something more - or less - than human, to a challenging game of interstellar diplomacy where the fate of empires hangs in the balance, here are visionsof the distant future, of conquerors and conquered, of politicians, scientists, warriors, and adventurers, dwellers all in... Isaac Asmivo's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction.


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From a time out of legend when Earth rules the starways, to an isolated planet where men and women become something more - or less - than human, to a challenging game of interstellar diplomacy where the fate of empires hangs in the balance, here are visionsof the distant future, of conquerors and conquered, of politicians, scientists, warriors, and adventurers, dwellers al From a time out of legend when Earth rules the starways, to an isolated planet where men and women become something more - or less - than human, to a challenging game of interstellar diplomacy where the fate of empires hangs in the balance, here are visionsof the distant future, of conquerors and conquered, of politicians, scientists, warriors, and adventurers, dwellers all in... Isaac Asmivo's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction.

30 review for Intergalactic Empires

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    I first read this not long after it was published in 1983. I was interested in the idea of "galactic empires" although, when you think about it, it's a ludicrous idea! But it was worked out well in Asimov's classic Foundation trilogy, based on, as Asimov said, the Roman Empire and its cycle of rise, decline and fall. In this collection of stories relating to empires in space, there is a good story by Asimov and set in the galactic empire of his Foundation universe. It's "Blind Alley" (1945) abo I first read this not long after it was published in 1983. I was interested in the idea of "galactic empires" although, when you think about it, it's a ludicrous idea! But it was worked out well in Asimov's classic Foundation trilogy, based on, as Asimov said, the Roman Empire and its cycle of rise, decline and fall. In this collection of stories relating to empires in space, there is a good story by Asimov and set in the galactic empire of his Foundation universe. It's "Blind Alley" (1945) about the humans' first encounter with aliens. If you recall the Foundation series, it's an all-human universe! But in this story, there are aliens ... Actually, the best story of all ( I think) is the one by Cordwainer Smith, "A Planet Named Shayol" (1961). Shayol is a prison planet set in a galaxy ruled by "the Lords of the Instrumentality." Smith brought a rather unique vision of the future to his stories, which is the reason I like it. Another good story is "Ministry of Disturbance" (1958) by H. Beam Piper. But I thought all nine stories were at least above average and worthwhile. 4 stars

  2. 5 out of 5

    David C. Mueller

    This anthology contains one of my favorite science fiction stories of all time, "Fighting Philosopher" by Everett B. Cole. This story describes an enlightened galactic federation that takes a different tact than "Star Trek" when interacting with cultures not yet capable of space travel. Education about cycles of history inspired by British historian Arnold Toynbee are employed in the story as the core of preparation for eventual galactic citizenship. An interstellar defense force called the Stel This anthology contains one of my favorite science fiction stories of all time, "Fighting Philosopher" by Everett B. Cole. This story describes an enlightened galactic federation that takes a different tact than "Star Trek" when interacting with cultures not yet capable of space travel. Education about cycles of history inspired by British historian Arnold Toynbee are employed in the story as the core of preparation for eventual galactic citizenship. An interstellar defense force called the Stellar Guard and a branch of that organization called the Philosophical Corps are mentioned. Cole later expanded "Fighting Philosopher" into a novel length story called "The Philosophical Corps."

  3. 4 out of 5

    Mario

    The stories are fine, none are especially memorable (although I kind of liked Blind Alley). I wanted to like this because of the theme, but each seems to have an idea of "Empire" that is more or less the same, tired, old, enormous, nothing dynamic. But, while all are so similar, they are also all in different realities, creating a problem where the stories are both too close in setting but get none of the benefits of a shared universe.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Liedzeit

    Earth rules the waves Some of the stories are not at all badly written. Panshin, Down to the worlds of men. I liked Silverberg, Chalice of Death, although it was fascistoid rubbish. Really good none, not even Asimov.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Old Man Aries

    IL CALICE DELLA MORTE di Robert Silverberg. La promessa di una vita eterna per alcuni, e la morte istantanea invece per altri: può qualcuno, addirittura un Terrestre, disporre di un segreto così terribile ed al tempo stesso cosi affascinante? GIU’ NEI MONDI DELL’UOMO di Alexei Panshin. Era giunto per loro il momento della prova decisiva: strappati dal rifugio sicuro costituito dalle Navi, e sbarcati su un mondo primitivo ed ostile, ciascuno dei prescelti doveva trovare un differente patto che gl IL CALICE DELLA MORTE di Robert Silverberg. La promessa di una vita eterna per alcuni, e la morte istantanea invece per altri: può qualcuno, addirittura un Terrestre, disporre di un segreto così terribile ed al tempo stesso cosi affascinante? GIU’ NEI MONDI DELL’UOMO di Alexei Panshin. Era giunto per loro il momento della prova decisiva: strappati dal rifugio sicuro costituito dalle Navi, e sbarcati su un mondo primitivo ed ostile, ciascuno dei prescelti doveva trovare un differente patto che gli consentisse di sopravvivere... VICOLO CIECO di lsaac Asimov. Era un momento unico ed irripetibile nella Storia della Galassia: il primo e solo incontro con una razza intelligente di alieni. Ma ora che erano stati trovati, quale sarebbe stato il comportamento dell’Impero nei loro confronti? Da un tempo che si perde nella leggenda quando la Terra dominava le vie delle stelle ad un pianeta isolato dove gli uomini e le donne divennero qualcosa di più – o di meno – degli esseri umani, fino ad un sottile gioco di diplomazia interstellare il cui scopo e il destino di interi Imperi Galattici, questo libro vi mostra delle immagini del lontano futuro, conquistatori e vinti, politici, scienziati, guerrieri, avventurieri e sognatori che si muovono tutti nei Magici Mondi di Asimov.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Avi

  7. 5 out of 5

    Stewart stanwood

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    Jared Ball

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    Ron Johnson

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    Stephanie (Librarianish) Davidson

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    James

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    Caroline Berg

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    Shawn Brayman

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    Bill Lockhart

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    Antonio

  29. 4 out of 5

    Pam Crawford

  30. 4 out of 5

    Brett

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