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.