A must-read for any science fiction fan, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame Volume Two (published in two volumes, A & B) is a compilation of twenty-two of the best novellas published between 1895 and 1962.
The two volumes were originally published in 1973 (Two-A) and 1974 (Two-B) after the stories were selected by a vote of the membership of the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA, now known as the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America).
Volume Two-B has complete novellas by the following authors:
Isaac AsimovJames BlishAlgis BudrysTheodore CogswellE. M. ForsterFrederik PohlJames H. SchmitzT.L. SherredWilmar H. ShirasClifford D. SimakJack Vance
Galaxy Science Fiction was published from 1950 to 1980. It’s first editor was H.L. Gold, who turned the digest size magazine into the leading science fiction magazine of its time. Bottom of the Hill Publishing has researched the old issues of Galaxy Science Fiction and this book, THE BEST OF GALAXY Volume Six features stories by a host of great authors. H.L. Gold brought a “sophisticated intellectual subtlety” to the pages of Galaxy, aided by author Frederik Pohl. When Gold’s health caused him to resign from the magazine, Frederik Pohl became the editor and continued Galaxy’s winning ways.THE BEST OF GALAXY Volume Six is one of many volumes, because there are simply too many great stories to confine the title to one effort. This volume features stories by William Morrison, Frederik Pohl, Jim Harmon, William Tenn, Philip K. Dick and 7 other equally talented authors.If you’re a new science fiction fan, or an old-timer reading the adventures of your youth, we believe THE BEST OF GALAXY Volume Six will deliver many hours of enjoyable reading. Watch for additional volumes coming soon.
In a vastly overpopulated near-future world, businesses have taken the place of governments and now hold all political power. States exist merely to ensure the survival of huge transnational corporations. Advertising has become hugely aggressive and boasts some of the world's most powerful executives.
Through advertising, the public is constantly deluded into thinking that all the products on the market improve the quality of life. However, the most basic elements are incredibly scarce, including water and fuel.
The planet Venus has just been visited and judged fit for human settlement, despite its inhospitable surface and climate; colonists would have to endure a harsh climate for many generations until the planet could be terraformed.
Mitch Courtenay is a star-class copywriter in the Fowler Schocken advertising agency and has been assigned the ad campaign that would attract colonists to Venus, but a lot more is happening than he knows about. Mitch is soon thrown into a world of danger, mystery, and intrigue, where the people in his life are never quite what they seem, and his loyalties and core beliefs will be put to the test.
There was three of us -- I mean if you count Arthur. We split up to avoid attracting attention. Engdahl just came in over the big bridge, but I had Arthur with me so I had to come the long way around.
When I registered at the desk, I said I was from Chicago. You know how it is. If you say you're from Philadelphia, it's like saying you're from St. Louis or Detroit -- I mean nobody lives in Philadelphia any more. Shows how things change. A couple years ago, Philadelphia was all the fashion. But not now, and I wanted to make a good impression.
I even tipped the bellboy a hundred and fifty dollars. I said: "Do me a favor. I've got my baggage booby-trapped --"
"Natch," he said, only mildly impressed by the bill and a half, even less impressed by me.
"The Tunnel under the World" was first published in 1954 in Galaxy magazine.
On the morning of June 15th, Guy Burckhardt woke up screaming out of a dream.
It was more real than any dream he had ever had in his life. He could still hear and feel the sharp, ripping-metal explosion, the violent heave that had tossed him furiously out of bed, the searing wave of heat.
He sat up convulsively and stared, not believing what he saw, at the quiet room and the bright sunlight coming in the window.
He croaked, "Mary?"
Pinching yourself is no way to see if you are dreaming. Surgical instruments? Well, yes -- but a mechanic's kit is best of all!
Just as medicine is not a science, but rather an art -- a device, practiced in a scientific manner, in its best manifestations -- time-travel stories, some would argue, are not science fiction. But whether they are or aren't, time-travel has become acceptable to science fiction readers as a traditional device in stories some might call admissible in the genre. Here, Frederik Pohl employs it to portray the amusingly catastrophic meeting of three societies.
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