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  1. 4 out of 5

    Craig

    This was my favorite of the several anthologies that Silverberg edited which collected three original science fiction novellas in one volume. These three have weathered the intervening years better than most. Riding the Torch by Norman Spinrad is one of his best, a real deep-space page-turner, Gregory Benford's titular story is a hard-sf riff on 2001, and my favorite of the trio, Clifford D. Simak's The Marathon Photograph is a pastoral time-travel tale with great characters and an imaginative t This was my favorite of the several anthologies that Silverberg edited which collected three original science fiction novellas in one volume. These three have weathered the intervening years better than most. Riding the Torch by Norman Spinrad is one of his best, a real deep-space page-turner, Gregory Benford's titular story is a hard-sf riff on 2001, and my favorite of the trio, Clifford D. Simak's The Marathon Photograph is a pastoral time-travel tale with great characters and an imaginative twist. Good stuff!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Chris Gager

    This is the same book as a couple of other entries but it's a different edition so I created it. I have subsequently switched to a more recent hardbound(mine is also hardbound) so I can get the image instead of the generic blank space. I don't take the time or trouble to upload cover photos. I suppose I could, but ... My edition is the original hardbound(I think from 1974). Probably rescued from the our local transfer station trailer a while ago. My favorite bookstore! So. far so good ... 1 - "Th This is the same book as a couple of other entries but it's a different edition so I created it. I have subsequently switched to a more recent hardbound(mine is also hardbound) so I can get the image instead of the generic blank space. I don't take the time or trouble to upload cover photos. I suppose I could, but ... My edition is the original hardbound(I think from 1974). Probably rescued from the our local transfer station trailer a while ago. My favorite bookstore! So. far so good ... 1 - "Threads of Time" by Gregory Benford - a solid sci-fi story from a guy I whose name rings only the faintest bell, probably from a story or two read long ago in anthologies. The story was written 1974 and takes oplace in 2007/8 so there are some chrono-cultural "mistakes," a common problem in short-range sci-fi. 2 - "The Marathon Photograph" by Clifford D. Simak - an excellent story from the redoubtable Mr. S., whom I clearly recall from the late 1950's. "City" might well have been the first sci-fi novel I ever read. Loved it! "The Big Back Yard"(short story is another classic). Has a typical sci-fi mystery ending. - another "you see' sighting - Andy "wants to back down to work" after what's just happened????? Mr. Clueless ... 3 - "Riding the Torch: by Norman Spinrad - an excellent story by the youngest of the three writers. Another one of whom I have no conscious memory. This story is suggestive of that famous short story about the long line of space ships leaving Earth in advance of a solar super-nova. Can't remember the title. The author raises some interesting questions about our place in the uni - and provides one possible answer. - "pale fire" pops up - I anticipated the final twist - sort of - I was about 50-50 on it. - A Rolling Stones shout out("Sympathy for the Devil")! - a nod to Ozymandias ... - Overall a 3.5* rating must be rounded down to 3" - that's G'reads for ya!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Threads of time by Gregory Benford - the name is famous, but afaik this is probably the first I've read by him. Three stories in one, with socio-political commentary on fundamentalism, Bigfeet, and alien artifact on the moon. Not sure if they come together or not. I might look for more by the author. The female characters are people in their own right, so it's not painful to read on that account. "Cynic is a word invented by optimists to put down realists." "[M]an's prehuman ancestors didn't look Threads of time by Gregory Benford - the name is famous, but afaik this is probably the first I've read by him. Three stories in one, with socio-political commentary on fundamentalism, Bigfeet, and alien artifact on the moon. Not sure if they come together or not. I might look for more by the author. The female characters are people in their own right, so it's not painful to read on that account. "Cynic is a word invented by optimists to put down realists." "[M]an's prehuman ancestors didn't look or act like the present great primates. Just because Fred is your cousin doesn't mean you can learn much about your grandfather by studying Fred's habits." "Man would rather kill himself than die of boredom." The marathon photograph by Clifford D. Simak - One of my favorite authors; this story not a bad sample of the bulk of his work. (But not as outstanding as his best.) Riding the torch by Norman Spinrad - Spinrad's been on my radar for too long. I tried a couple of his works but they were just too outre for me. This is comprehensible, and meaningful, despite the challenging beginning. Would be great for a discussion group. I might try more by him, given that I've unlocked 'how' to read him (to simplify, the answer to the how is 'with patience').

  4. 4 out of 5

    Paul

    A trio of sci-fi novellas tied together by the themes of time and humanity's place in the universe. Well done and thought provoking. A trio of sci-fi novellas tied together by the themes of time and humanity's place in the universe. Well done and thought provoking.

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    Chuck

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    Roberto

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    Christine

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    Steve Langford

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    John Speelman

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    Thom Dunn

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    Craig Brown

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    Norman Cook

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    Mitch PITEO

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    Garry

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    Peter

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    Paul Johnson Rogers

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    BookDB

  46. 4 out of 5

    Del

  47. 4 out of 5

    Donavon Cooper

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