01 April 2009

Hugo Winners Vol. 1

I finished up The Hugo Winners Volume 1 edited by Isaac Asimov tonight at work. It is a collection of the Hugo award winning stories and novellettes between 1955 and 1961. I read it specifically for a classic sci-fi yahoo group I'm in. These are some amazing stories and great authors including Poul Anderson, Arthur C. Clarke, Clifford Simak and Robert Bloch. I had only read one of these stories before; "The Hell Bound Train" by Robert Bloch is about a man who makes a deal with the devil to be able to stop time in exchange for his soul. I really liked all these stories! They were funny ('Allamagoosa'), sad ("The Darfstellar", "Flowers for Algernon") and even action-packed ("Exploration Team" and "The Longest Voyage"). The most affecting story is "The Star" by Arthur C. Clarke. A little 6 page story about a priest dealing with his loss of faith. It was fabulous. In fact, this book is getting a 7, the first 7 for a book this year. Congrats 50 or so year old stories.

3 comments:

  1. It sounds fabulous. This is a book I could really get into, and I'm thrilled to see you rate it so high. Gonna have to add this to the wishlist.

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  2. It's actually out of print. I got a copy off paperback swap for free. There are a few for sale on amazon through dealers though. Good luck!

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  3. I have loved all the early Hugo books. All well worth the time to order from used booksellers. I treasure mine. The stories are treasures as are Asimov's warm, humanizing and self deprecating introductions.

    A great snapshot of a time when science fiction was a small close knit community.

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