The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume 2B

This quantity is the definitive number of the easiest technology fiction novellas among 1929 to 1964 and comprises 11 nice classics. there is not any greater anthology that captures the start of technology fiction as a literary field.

Published in 1973 to honor tales that had come earlier than the establishment of the Nebula Awards, The technology Fiction corridor of Fame brought tens of hundreds of thousands of younger readers to the wonders of technology fiction and was once a favourite of libraries around the country.

This quantity includes novellas through: Ray Bradbury, James Blish, Algis Budrys, Theodore Cogswell, E. M. Forster, Frederik Pohl, James H. Schmitz, T. L. Sherred, Wilmar H. Shiras, Clifford D. Simak, and Jack Vance.

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