Here is a collection of some of the finest short fiction penned by one of "fathers" of modern science fiction. *** These stories were selected (and edited) by his wife Leigh Brackett, an author and a screenwriter. Her screen-writing credits include works on such films as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, The Long Goodbye and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I*** This collectioHere is a collection of some of the finest short fiction penned by one of "fathers" of modern science fiction. *** These stories were selected (and edited) by his wife Leigh Brackett, an author and a screenwriter. Her screen-writing credits include works on such films as The Big Sleep, Rio Bravo, The Long Goodbye and Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back. I*** This collection spans nearly half a century of Edmond Hamilton's work and was selected from a repository of hundreds of stories that he had written over that period.Contents:The Monster-God of Mamurth (1926)The Man Who Evolved (1931)A Conquest of Two Worlds (1932)The Island of Unreason (1933)Thundering Worlds (1934)The Man Who Returned (1934)The Accursed Galaxy (1935)In the World's Dusk (1936)Child of the Winds (1936)The Seeds from Outside (1937)Fessenden's Worlds (1937)Easy Money (1938)He That Hath Wings (1938)Exile (1943)Day of Judgment (1946)Alien Earth (1949)What's It Like Out There? (1952)Requiem (1962)After a Judgement Day (1963)The Pro (1964)Castaway (1969)...
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The Best of Edmond Hamilton Reviews
This book was one of Phoenix Picks monthly free selections.I was not familiar with the author and really this turned out to be a serious hole in my knowledge. He started writing for the various pulp magazines in the 20's and his career extended up to his death in the 70s.This collection of stories was edited by his wife Leigh Brackett who I was aware of. Her introduction sets up his career quite well and how his stories stood out from the beginning.This is one of the best short story collections I have read from a single author. Greatly imaginative each story left me fulfilled which is something short stories don't usually do for me. The science behind them was often of the pulp variety, but the stories themselves stand on their own. Because the story telling was so good with great premises you hardly feel that they were dated at all. Some of the stories have Twilight Zone appeal to them and one of them was made into one of my favorite Outer Limits episodes. Another one of the stories had a theme reminiscent of the movie Avatar where somebody joins the aliens that are being warred on for their resources. Will have to look up his novels
I really enjoyed this. I had read some of Hamilton's stuff before and liked it but this was a very nice collection of many of his best short stories. Certainly there was action, but there was a lot of feeling and emotion and character in these as well, and some truly cool ideas that you could see had a strong influence on later writers and on SF TV and movies.
Though not a huge sci-fi fan, this collection of the late Edmond Hamilton had some read gems. From other reviews I take it that Hamilton was known for some crazy and insane ideas--at least they were considered so at the time he wrote them. He has more than one "mad scientist" style story along with tales of whole worlds being destroyed or saved. But he was also a very good character writer. His stories "What's It Like Out There?" and "He That Hath Wings" are incredibly rich in terms of feeling and experiencing the psychology of the characters within. In addition, Hamilton was good at producing mood pieces, particularly depressing or nihilistic ones.Good collection! Recommend!
Best of Edmond Hamilton by Edmond Hamilton (1978)
An excellent collection of Edmond Hamilton's stories. Leigh Brackett, the editor of the collection, and Hamilton's wife, had a big job, choosing but a few of Hamilton's many stories for this "best of" collection. As I read previous reviews of this book, I see many comments about the writing credentials of both Brackett and Hamilton, Hamilton's impressive and prolific span of work, and his famous nickname of "worldwrecker." All true and valid points. But, as both a reader and a writer myself, I'd like to address something else about these stories - their enduring power. We are, today, much more sophisticated in technological speak. As Hamilton himself says in the afterword, by the 1970's it was no longer as easy to "fudge" your sci-fi tech-speak. And today, it's even more true. Science fiction during the pulp era spoke to readers of the time, and a common complaint of modern readers is that the old works sound frustratingly, old-fashioned. No wonder! They were written long before men got to the moon! I'm rarely bothered by those old visions of future tech. When I read a pulp story, I'm looking for far more than technological speculation. I'm looking for the story's heart. And what is that? I'd call it the romance of the story, not in the sense of romantic love, but in a sweeping tale that carries you into the vision of the writer, sweeps you through, and drops you on the other side, changed.Hamilton is good at that. Feelings linger after reading his stories - some creepy, some sad, and some stunning in their profundity."Exile" was my favorite in the collection and left me thoughtful. "He That Hath Wings" and "Child Of The Winds" made me sad. "Day Of Judgment" was a big powerful story, and again, left me thoughtful. "Fessenden's Worlds" made me mad, as it was supposed to, I believe. After reading "Castaway," I wondered aloud if a writer today could get away with using Edgar Allen Poe as a main character. Somehow I doubt it, but the treat worked well in Hamilton's capable hands. Each story in the collection brought something to mind for me...none of them were so-so.In the story, "The Pro," you hear Hamilton speaking to the readers as a version of himself. It's a revealing glimpse into Hamilton's feelings about writing. That story was published on the month and year of my birth. Funny thing to see that bit of trivia in the records. Somehow it made the story feel like a birthday present to me, one I discovered just yesterday. What an awfully "Timey-wimey" thought! But how perfect for a well-written science fiction story from one of the best.Thank you Edmond Hamilton!
I was surprised at what a large percentage of the stories first appeared in Weird Tales. Anyway, even with the first one ("The Monster God of Mamurth") Hamilton has his finger on the Lovecraftian pulse of that genre. "The Man Who Evolved" is very cool too (as well as presumably the inspiration for the Outer Limits episode with David McCallum, "The Sixth Finger")--although one does have to wonder why someone who "can send my mind forth to make contact with other minds without the slightest material connection" needs a couple guys to stand there to flip a switch for him (lol). The only real clinker I thought in this selection was "The Island of Unreason" (too bad Leigh couldn't have substituted "Devolution" for that, then this truly would've been the "Best of"...but perhaps that story was awaiting the compiling of a Volume 2). :) "Thundering Worlds" was pretty cave, although the sheer spectacle made for some goofy fun; still, you'd think any civilization that could rig up its constituent planets with Evinrudes could devise some sort of a heater instead of going through all that fuss (as indeed they seemed to be doing through the interstellar wastes with that whole dome business). "The Man Who Returned" was marvelously Hitchcockian/Woolrichian. "Child of the Winds" was a splendid allegory, as was "He That Hath Wings." And of course "Fessenden's Worlds" was a nerve-wracking variation on the Microcosmic God theme (in fact, I think I'll take to referring to God as Fessenden in my more irreverent moments). "Easy Money" was quite amusing, as was the brief "Exile." "Alien Earth" was a great idea, the notion of the hunati being one that has long stuck with me. And "What's It Like Out There?" is quite simply perhaps the greatest science fiction story ever written (and a splendid companion piece to the similarly sombre "Coming Attraction" by Fritz Leiber).
Some good stories in here. Edmond Hamilton is especially good at emotional tales. He also likes end-of-the-world stories—or at least, end-of-man stories, for the world will usually survive. There are at least five in this collection, all very good, and very different. They range from pure fantasy to hard science. The end can come to people, to the planet, to the sun.