Of All Possible Worlds

Of All Possible Worlds Cover Artist Richard PowersA unique imagination illuminates all William Tenn s work In this remarkable collection of his short stories he ranges from the hilarious to the serious demonstrating vivid

  • Title: Of All Possible Worlds
  • Author: William Tenn Richard M. Powers
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 465
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Cover Artist Richard PowersA unique imagination illuminates all William Tenn s work In this remarkable collection of his short stories, he ranges from the hilarious to the serious, demonstrating vividly his gift for making any dimension of reality as real and immediate as your own street There are four or five amazing hours of reading for you in this book.Contents IntroCover Artist Richard PowersA unique imagination illuminates all William Tenn s work In this remarkable collection of his short stories, he ranges from the hilarious to the serious, demonstrating vividly his gift for making any dimension of reality as real and immediate as your own street There are four or five amazing hours of reading for you in this book.Contents Introduction On the Fiction in Science FictionDown among the Dead MenMe, Myself, and IThe Liberation of EarthEverybody Loves Irving BommerFlirgleflipThe TenantsThe Custodian

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    1. This is a decent collection of short stories by William Tenn, and has been added to the "Classics of Science Fiction" list by Harris and Bernado. I found it on the list of "Defining Science Fiction books of the 1950s", where I am reading one book per year as part of a challenge.Going to try something new to review this anthology of 7 stories - title and brief likes or dislikes."Down Among the Dead Men" - liked the setup, loved the resolution."Me, Myself and I" - loved the time travel and the end [...]

    2. I really like this collection of William Tenn's stories. Very fun to read, pretty much like Sheckley, but not so resourcefully. And some stories just break in a half, without revealing pledged ideas. Just several good fantastic things, generally. It's hard to formulate one big opinion of this book. Stories are variety and their themes too. If you like kind'a humorous fantastic subjects - check it out.I began to read seven more books by this author. Some stories repeat from one book to another. S [...]

    3. Before starting Of All Possible Worlds I had never heard of William Tenn (it turns out he's only written a couple of novels, but wrote a lot of short stories), and yet, reading the introduction, I was struck by how eloquent Tenn was. His defense of science fiction, published in 1955, still rings true (especially if you've ever talked to one of those literary fiction readers who sees no value in escapist fiction). The introduction, on its own, is a worthy essay (and I hope it is included in his " [...]

    4. A surprisingly lighthearted and thoughtful collection of stories! The first and the last I particularly liked:- Team building with your zombie kamikaze bomber squad.- Using a stooge to test your time-travel machine.- A history of the destructive 'liberations' of earth (again and again).- Love potion works too well. - A future music historian is sent back in time but cannot effectively communicate because all his terms sound like nonsense.- An odd business rents the non-existent 13th floor of an [...]

    5. One of my favorite Tenn stories is "The Liberation of Earth" and my favorite passage is:"Educated in the Troxxtian language, that is.True it was that a large number found themselves utterly inadequate for the task which the Troxxt had set them, and temporarily became servants to the more suc­cessful students. And another, albeit smaller, group developed various forms of frus­tration hysteria—ranging from mild unhappiness to complete catatonic depres­sion—over the difficulties presented by [...]

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