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The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B: The Greatest Science Fiction Novellas of All Time Chosen by the Members of the Science Fiction Writers by Ben Bova (Editor)
Cover Artist: Kenn Brown
Review by Andrew Brooks
Tor Books Hardcover  ISBN/ITEM#: 9780765305329
Date: 29 April 2008 List Price $29.95 Amazon US / Amazon UK / Show Article /

The Science Fiction Hall of Fame, Volume Two B is a collection of novellas selected by the Science Fiction Writers of America (SFWA), and is a reprint of the original 1973 novella edited by Ben Bova. Since the Nebula Awards were began in 1965 the collection is SFWA's way of honoring those works from the golden age that were written prior to the annual awarding of science fiction's greatest works. Apparently, SFWA came up with a plethora of deserving stories because Volume Two B is the second part of a two book anthology that features twenty-two novellas. I've not read the first half of the second volume, nor the first volume itself, but if the stories in Two B are an indicator there's some great stuff there. These are stories and writers a lot of readers new to science fiction may never have read before. Hopefully with the books being reissued that will change.

From official release/information:

Product Description: This volume is the definitive collection of the best science fiction novellas between 1929 to 1964 and contains eleven great classics. There is no better anthology that captures the birth of science fiction as a literary field.

Published in 1973 to honor stories that had come before the institution of the Nebula Awards, The Science Fiction Hall of Fame introduced tens of thousands of young readers to the wonders of science fiction and was a favorite of libraries across the country.

This volume contains novellas by: 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.

(Source: Tor Books)

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