A collection of the greatest science fiction stories and novellas from the year 1943, with notes by Asimov. A great selection, with many excellent authors and stories represented.
An interesting little historical footnote. Back in 1950, science fiction was still trying to discover itself as a serious genre, …
Sole survivor of shipwreck ventures into black hole after his lost command, while his girlfriend ends up hostage on a prison ship commandeered by mad neurosurgeon. Good times.
Humans arrive on a planet populated by matriarchal bee-like humanoids living in a strict caste system. While commenting on gender roles and monogamy, it turns into an adventure novel.
Irascible Irish rogue gets caught up in a treasure hunt to track down the secret of the powerful space-drives, with an attractive Earth Government secret agent tagging along.
Data pirate is caught up in galaxy-spanning intrigue, with multiple factions seeking to control the primitive plant of his birth. The key is a woman with unforeseen powers.
Sociopathic artist is picked to be Earth’s representative in a multi-species armada trying to hold back the titular Horde, which is decimating every planet in its path.
The coming-of-age of one alien warrior, and the acculturation of one human soldier, set to the epic backdrop of recent galactic war and inter-species intrigue.
Three short novels of space, in the fine tradition of ’50s pulp. Stories of Earth lost and found, of Earth decadent and pacified, of space battles and time travel and intrigue.
A group of humans flees an authoritarian government to Alpha Centauri, pursued by robotic spaceships. When they arrive, there are aliens about.
Three loosely related novels of adventure set in a universe which could never be: it uses Hoyle’s obsolescent steady-state physics as a backdrop.