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For those of us that grew up with The Twilight Zone, The Outer Limits along with dozens of alien and UFO movies this book is a must read. not only a lot of insight into the early science fiction genre but very powerful story lines as well as being very visual...
Stories this old usually have to taken with a bit of salt. Like the TV shows that I thought were great when I was a kid, watching them now, some quite a few years later, can be a shock. As we grow and culture change, things we found funny in the 1960 are dated or just in bad taste now. However, these stories have mostly avoided that trap. Oh, there are a few places where, if these were 1970's SciFi stories, the characters would just have sex, in these stories the main character says "Let's get married." But then, these stories are on the far side of the sexual revolution. Normally, I prefer stories that are hard science fiction, but hard SciFi stories, of course, are always dated within a few years. The stories in this collection shy away from actually trying to explain anything and instead focus on the people in the situation and, except for the chaste moments, their reactions are very real and satisfying. I had read "Farewell to the Master" before so I had a sense of where it was going, even though I remembered few of the details. Still, the ending was very touching. The middle two stories are OK, but make sure that you stick around to the last story "Death of a Sensitive". This one had me sitting in the car after I got home, listening to it finish.
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