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American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s (boxed set)

Nine mind-bending classics from the golden age of the science fiction novel

 
“These novels testify to the extraordinary range, profound intelligence, and indefatigable weirdness of ’50s American science fiction. A must-have for anyone interested in one of the most vital periods of our literature and for anyone who wants a wild wild tumble down the rabbit hole.”—Junot Díaz
 
Visit the companion website for more on 1950s science fiction and these works and writers, including jacket art and photographs, additional stories, author interviews, and new appreciations by Michael Dirda, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Nicola Griffith, James Morrow, Tim Powers, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, and Connie Willis.

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Modern science fiction came of age in the 1950s, and it was in America that the genre broke most exuberantly free from convention. Moving beyond the pulp magazines, science fiction writers stretched their imaginations at novel length, ushering in an era of stylistic experiment and freewheeling speculation that responded in wildly inventive ways to the challenges and perplexities of an era of global threat and rapid technological change. Long unnoticed or dismissed by the literary establishment, these “outsider” novels are now recognized as American classics.

  • Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth, The Space Merchants
    What’s it all worth?
  • Theodore Sturgeon, More Than Human
    Could this be the next stage of evolution?
  • Leigh Brackett, The Long Tomorrow
    Who will control post-apocalyptic America?
  • Richard Matheson, The Shrinking Man
    Ever feel small?
  • Robert A. Heinlein, Double Star
    Are politicians ever really themselves?
  • Alfred Bester, The Stars My Destination
    What is the price of revenge?
  • James Blish, A Case of Conscience
    What in God’s name are we to do with aliens?
  • Algis Budrys, Who?
    Can you trust?
  • Fritz Leiber, The Big Time
    Is the past ever really past?

Gary K. Wolfe, editor, is Professor of Humanities in Roosevelt University’s Evelyn T. Stone College of Professional Studies and the author, most recently, of Evaporating Genres: Essays on Fantastic Literature and Sightings: Reviews 2002–2006.

Visit the companion website for more on 1950s science fiction and these works and writers, including jacket art and photographs, additional stories, author interviews, and new appreciations by Michael Dirda, Neil Gaiman, William Gibson, Nicola Griffith, James Morrow, Tim Powers, Kit Reed, Peter Straub, and Connie Willis.

Each volume can also be purchased individually.

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Also of interest:
The Philip K. Dick Collection (boxed set)
American Fantastic Tales: Terror and the Uncanny from Poe to Now (boxed set)
Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1950–1962
Kurt Vonnegut: Novels & Stories 1963–1973

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