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Science fiction is dead… or is it?

Listen. I can see three possible arguments against the idea that science fiction is dead. 1. It’s everywhere Yes, I readily admit that it doesn’t immediately look like SF is dead. Bookshop shelves groan and Kindles and iPads are filled

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The Wager by E C Tubb

First published in Science Fantasy, November 1955.   You can buy this one as an ebook from Wildeside Press here. That’s where Igot this cover image. This is another fun story that shows off SF’s ability to absorb other genres.

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Hands Off! By Robert Sheckley

First published Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1954. One of the great strengths of SF is its flexibility. You can take a lot of other genres and lay an SF gloss over them. That’s why we get space cops, mil SF,

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The Last Day by Richard Matheson

First published in Amazing Stories, April-May 1953. One of the things that genre fiction does very well is to isolate very specific aspects of life and bring them out in high contrast. You accept all the assumptions and conventions around

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They Fly So High by Ross Rocklynne

You know who else liked messianic protagonists…. First published in Amazing Stories, June 1952. After World War 2 showed that many of SF’s warnings were not the fantasies that many believed, SF writers felt somewhat emboldened to give the world

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Earthman Beware! By Poul Anderson

First published in Super Science Stories, June 1951 I hope you all read this article in the Guardian I linked to earlier in the week about the main-streaming rise of geek culture. There are a number of reasons why this

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To Serve Man by Damon Knight

First published in Galaxy Science Fiction, November 1950. This kind of twist-in-the-tail story is really becoming a feature of this volume. There were a few in the previous anthologies in this series – Out of the Sub-Universe in volume one,

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Kaleidoscope by Ray Bradbury

First published in Thrilling Wonder Stories, October 1949. I found this fantastic video on youtube – it’s by youtube user Joey Fameli. This is probably the closest thing to a bona fide sci fi classic in these three volumes. I

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Don’t Look Now by Henry Kuttner

First published in Startling Stories, March 1948 There’s always been a lot of common ground between science fiction and the work of Charles Fort. Like SF writers, Charles Fort tried to make his readers see a world that was like

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The Fires Within by Arthur C Clarke

This story was originally credited to O G O’Brien First published in Fantasy, August 1947 This story casts the mad scientist and the pulp prodigy aside in favour of a more realistic version of science. In this story we get

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