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[[ Read Book ]] õ Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 1: 1939 ¶ ContentsIntroduction Martin H Greenberg inI, Robot Adam Link Eando Binder ss Amazing Jan The Strange Flight of Richard Clayton Robert Bloch ss Amazing Mar Trouble with Water Horace L Gold ss Unknown Mar Cloak of Aesir Sarn Don A Stuart na Astounding Mar The Day Is Done Lester del Rey ss Astounding May The Ultimate Catalyst John Taine nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Jun The Gnarly Man L Sprague de Camp nv Unknown Jun Black Destroyer Beagle A E van Vogt nv Astounding Jul Greater Than Gods C L Moore nv Astounding Jul Trends Isaac Asimov ss Astounding Jul The Blue Giraffe L Sprague de Camp nv Astounding Aug The Misguided Halo Henry Kuttner ss Unknown Aug Heavy Planet as by Lee Gregor Milton A Rothman ss Astounding Aug Life Line Robert A Heinlein ss Astounding Aug Ether Breather Ether Breather Theodore Sturgeon ss Astounding Sep Pilgrimage revised from The Priestess Who Rebelled , Amazing OctMeg Nelson S Bond nv The st of February, Gnome, Rust Joseph E Kelleam ss Astounding Oct The Four Sided Triangle William F Temple nv Amazing Nov Star Bright Jack Williamson nv Argosy NovMisfit Robert A Heinlein nv Astounding Nov Primer volumen de una esmerad sima selecci n en la que ASIMOV presenta cronol gicamente los relatos que marcaron la evoluci n del g nero Parece como si a ASIMOV le hubiese dado un ataque de nostalgia y hubiese querido hacer una version de Los premios Hugo antes de que estos existiesen Las razones no importan, por que el resultado es una de las colecciones mas deliciosas de cuentos de la era pulp Peque as maravillas, un tanto ingenuas y acartonadas, pero llenas del encanto de las cosas ant Primer volumen de una esmerad sima selecci n en la que ASIMOV presenta cronol gicamente los relatos que marcaron la evoluci n del g nero Parece como si a ASIMOV le hubiese dado un ataque de nostalgia y hubiese querido hacer una version de Los premios Hugo antes de que estos existiesen Las razones no importan, por que el resultado es una de las colecciones mas deliciosas de cuentos de la era pulp Peque as maravillas, un tanto ingenuas y acartonadas, pero llenas del encanto de las cosas antiguas, de cuando la SF era un territorio virgen y todo era posible En fin, un vistazo a una epoca tan irrepetible como fascinante Los catorce relatos, de los mejores escritores del momento, fueron publicados originalmente durante los a os 1939 y 1940 comento brevemente lo que m s me gustaron El D a Ha Muerto The Day Is Done, 1939 , Lester del REY ste, y el que sigue, no son en absoluto ciencia ficci n, sino m s bien antropolog a especulativa en este relato, el autor imagina la probable convivencia entre un neanderthal, uno de los ltimos de su especie, y los reci n llegados homo Un relato que a m me parece conmovedor El Hombre Deforme The Gnarly Man, 1939 , L Sprague de CAMP divertid simo cuento que propone a un neanderthal viviendo entre nosotros El individuo en cuesti n es inmortal debido a un rayo que lo alcanz en su lejana juventud Destructor Negro Black Destroyer, 1939 , A.E Van VOGT Ah excelente, excelent sima narraci n de un depredador muerto de hambre, pues ya ha arrasado con todas sus presas El Halo Equivocado The Misguided Halo, 1939 , Henry KUTTNER no recuerdo por qu , pero un d a se aparece una aureola de ngel sobre la cabeza equivocada Respirador de ter Ether Breather, 1939 , Theodore STURGEON Peregrinaci n Pilgrinage, 1939 , Nelson BOND Oh, Estrella Brillante Star Bright, 1939 , Jack WILLIAMSON un micrometeorito se incrusta en la cabeza de un buen hombre, y le confiere habilidades muy especiales Inadaptado Misfit, 1939 , Robert A HEINLEIN La Pistola Autom tica The Automatic Pistol, 1940 , Fritz LEIBER Franqueo Pagado al Para so Postpaid to Paradise, 1940 , Robert ARTHUR otro cuento brillante, timbres postales de un lugar misterioso, m gicamente atractivo It Ello It, 1940 , Theodore STURGEON No confundir esta historia de terror con la cl sica novela de Stephen KING , pero esta no es menos terror fica una planta maligna crece sobre el esqueleto de un malvado, y le da nueva vida La Carretera Imposible The Impossible Highway, 1940 , Oscar J FRIEND uno de los mejores cuentos de este tomo, en un tiempo indeterminado, un profesor y su ayudante van caminando por una carretera desierta, que resulta ser un museo de la vida Butilo y el Respirador Butyl and the Breather, 1940 , Theodore STURGEON Su Eminencia The Exalted, 1940 , L Sprague de CAMP I, Robot, by Eando Binder good story about human fear of AI.Strange Flight of Richard Clatyon, by Robert Bloch excellent, deceptive story of inner space a story that was inevitable, but Bloch got to it first Trouble With Water, by H.L Gold very entertaining and humorous fable, but not sure it should be classified as sf Water gnomes who swim by ear propulsion Cloak of Aesir, by Don Stuart J.W Campbell hopelessly tedious and unreadable Tried to stick with it for over two days and I, Robot, by Eando Binder good story about human fear of AI.Strange Flight of Richard Clatyon, by Robert Bloch excellent, deceptive story of inner space a story that was inevitable, but Bloch got to it first Trouble With Water, by H.L Gold very entertaining and humorous fable, but not sure it should be classified as sf Water gnomes who swim by ear propulsion Cloak of Aesir, by Don Stuart J.W Campbell hopelessly tedious and unreadable Tried to stick with it for over two days and gave up The Day is Done, by Lester del Rey A fine prehistoric tale about the last Neanderthal and his inability to fit in with a Cro Magnon culture I empathized with Hwoogh, the main character This story has relevance for geezers like me I realize that my own culture is fading and my sense of relevance is dwindling The Ultimate Catalyst, by John Taine Taine was a brilliant mathematician who also wrote sf This story is about a biochemist who uses his knowledge to help his daughter escape a brutal dictatorship I ll try not to spoil it, but I will say it involves poison and fungus This story is okay, but not great, as the title of the book suggests The Gnarly Man, by L Sprague de Camp What if a Neanderthal were alive today de Camp postulates that a Neanderthal was struck by lightning, which somehow altered his brain and made him immortal He s been around for the last 40 thousand years or so, always finding some niche in which he can coexist with homo sapiens When the story opens, he s working at a freak show on Coney Island When an anthropologist discovers him, the fun begins A clever and entertaining story which hinges on human greed The Black Destroyer, by A.E Van Vogt Supposedly, this story ushered the world into the Golden Age of sf It was the cover story for the July, 1939 issue of Astounding SF The central character is a ravenous cat like being with tentacles called Coeurl Coeurl, the last of his kind, prowls the twilight of a dead planet bathed in the light of a dim red sun, light years from Earth He seems to have eaten his last available meal when, as luck would have it, visitors from Earth plunge to the planetary surface in their ovoid ship Although Coeurl plans to destroy and suck the marrow from the 100 or so humans on board, he craftily conceals his intent and manages to get invited inside Little by little, after some mysterious deaths, the Earthlings begin to catch on Against seemingly insurmountable odds for Coeurl is a very powerful being, indeed , the Earthlings finally outsmart and overcome Coeurl With this story, Van Vogt created the paradigm for many an episode of Star Trek I learned from watching a youtube video, that Marvel Comics adapted this story in Worlds Unknown 5 1973 You can see it here Pulp Crazy The comic book looks great, so I ordered a copy Van Vogt s writing is fluid and engaging I am not sure why this story had such a powerful impact when it was first published, but I think it was partly the quality of Van Vogt s writing, and partly the fact that the point of view is primarily Coeurl s Van Vogt really gets us inside the alien s mind, and Coeurl s perspective is unmediated by human judgment Greater Than the Gods, by C.L Moore A poetic and dreamy story about making an important decision choosing a mate in the face of influences from the future Suggests that there are multiple realities.Trends, by Asimov The public has turned against science in the world of the future 1970 s A man struggles to privately finance and build a rocket to the moon in a climate of extreme resistance.The Blue Giraffe, by L Sprague de Camp A great yarn about a wildlife reserve in South Africa, where some extreme mutations are taking place The narrator tells his story in order to explain to his son why he was adopted An engaging and entertaining tale.The Misguided Halo, by Henry Kuttner This isof a fantasy yarn than a sf tale A goofy premise what if someone woke up with a halo with lots of slapstick action Great fun from the pages of Unknown Astounding SF s companion fantasy magazine Heavy Planet, by Milton Rothman In this story, a ship from earth has crashed on a massive planet inhabited by E.T s One of the E.T s discovers the ship and investigates All the humans on board have been reduced to a pulp by the planet s intense gravitational field There are two factions of E.T s battling for supremacy The earth ship has some technology which will give one faction the upper hand Nothing too heavy here, but it s an entertaining, fast paced tale.Life Line, by Robert A Heinlein Pinero, the central character, has developed a device which can predict the exact time of a person s death He quickly becomes the target of an assassination plot by the insurance industry This was, I believe, Heinlein s first published story Quite impressive Ether Breather, by Theodore Sturgeon Sturgeon imagines a future when television has been developed and is widely used commercially remember, this was written in 1939 Color is the new thing, and one broadcaster has begun the first color transmissions Trouble ensues, in the form of beings who live in the ether, at a high frequency It turns out that they are practical jokers who decide to interfere with the broadcasts The central characters are a screenplay writer and a perfume company executive, who investigate some unexpected alterations in the presentation of their products A clever, amusing, light hearted story Pilgrimage, by Nelson Bond Rod Serling must have found inspiration for the ending of Planet of the Apes in this one A well known landmark appears in a post apocalyptic world It s not the Statue of Liberty, though Good story Rust Joseph E Kelleam ss Astounding Oct 39 This is so Spielbergian that I m convinced he must have read it Three aging robots slowly succumb to rickety joints and ultimately, death in the twilight of a post human world Truly poignant 363 The Four Sided Triangle William F Temple nv Amazing Nov 39 Wow What a great story Apparently, this one inspired a film which I d like to track down The triangle is a love triangle Two scientists love the same woman, but she can only marry one of them So the loser builds his own replica of the woman, with tragic results Great twist ending, too 385 Star Bright Jack Williamson This story was published in Argosy, a popular pulp magazine which did not specialize in any particular genre Average bookkeeper with average family has an encounter with a meteor A piece lodges in his brain and bestows the gift of creation by fiat Among other things, he creates counterfeit money just by visualizing it Trouble ensues An excellent, modern day fairy tale Misfit, by Robert A Heinlein This is the only realistic piece in the whole book While other stories in this book are arguably hard sf, this is the hardest of the lot A troubled young man joins a space corps which is involved in transforming an asteroid into a space station Heinlein packs this with convincing details which convey a sense of wonder about the human conquest of space There s not much to this story except for the technology, but somehow it manages to be perfectly enjoyable despite a total absence of character development and lack of plot My favorite stories were not in ranked order Strange Flight of Richard Clayton, Black Destroyer, Rust, and Four Sided Triangle Every story was interesting in some way, except for Cloak of Aesir, which I found unreadable On to Volume II Una gran selecci n de relatos de ciencia ficci n hecha por Asimov Disfrut mucho cada uno de los relatos Pero hay tres que me gustaron mucho El d a ha muerto Lester del rey Este cuento es denominado por Asimov como de ciencia ficci n prehist rica Trata la vida del ltimo hombre de Neanderthal que, ya viejo, vive en medio de una sociedad predominante de hombres croma on De esta forma, el autor muestra la diferencia entre dos g neros homo Mientras el Homo sapiens Croma on evoluciona su pul Una gran selecci n de relatos de ciencia ficci n hecha por Asimov Disfrut mucho cada uno de los relatos Pero hay tres que me gustaron mucho El d a ha muerto Lester del rey Este cuento es denominado por Asimov como de ciencia ficci n prehist rica Trata la vida del ltimo hombre de Neanderthal que, ya viejo, vive en medio de una sociedad predominante de hombres croma on De esta forma, el autor muestra la diferencia entre dos g neros homo Mientras el Homo sapiens Croma on evoluciona su pulgar y el habla, volvi ndose mucho m s diestro, el Homo neanderthal se ha quedado atr s en la v a evolutiva e incluso, su esp ritu de lucha es menor, sus ganas de vivir tambi n Desde la perspectiva de este ltimo Neanderthal, el autor reflexiona sobre la soledad y las ganas de vivir.El hombre deforme Sprague de Camp Al igual que el cuento anterior retoma la historia de los hombres de Neanderthal, pero en esta ocasi n en el presente Una extra a anomal a gen tica provoca que uno de estos seres viva por siempre y sea testigo de la historia del hombre.Destructor negro A E van Vogt Un relato fascinante y extenso donde la humanidad ya ha conquistado una gran parte de la galaxia y en una misi n de exploraci n a un planeta desconocido se encuentran con una sociedad extinta, pero un ser monstruoso, una forma de vida inteligente, habita all , y los desaf a a un juego de inteligencia y de supervivencia Le grandi storie della fantascienza 1 , titolo originale Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 1 1939 , il primo volume dell antologia di racconti di fantascienza Le grandi storie della fantascienza raccolti e commentati da Isaac Asimov e Martin H Greenberg per far conoscere maggiormente i racconti della Golden Age Et d oro della fantascienza, che va dal 1939 al 1963 Le 25 raccolte furono pubblicate in origine dal 1979 al 1992, alla cadenza di due volumi l anno.Gli ultimi due vo Le grandi storie della fantascienza 1 , titolo originale Isaac Asimov Presents the Great SF Stories 1 1939 , il primo volume dell antologia di racconti di fantascienza Le grandi storie della fantascienza raccolti e commentati da Isaac Asimov e Martin H Greenberg per far conoscere maggiormente i racconti della Golden Age Et d oro della fantascienza, che va dal 1939 al 1963 Le 25 raccolte furono pubblicate in origine dal 1979 al 1992, alla cadenza di due volumi l anno.Gli ultimi due volumi vennero in realt curati da Martin H Greenberg assieme a Robert Silverberg le condizioni di salute di Asimov andavano peggiorando e lo condussero alla morte nel 1992 Le antologie sono state edite in italiano da diverse case editrici Dal momento che non fu raggiunto un accordo sulla loro pubblicazione, i testi dei racconti di Robert A Heinlein presenti nelle raccolte originali non furono pubblicati in italiano, con l eccezione del primo volume di tutte le edizioni e dei primi tre volumi della ristampa Bompiani, che li riportano In questo primo volume, che riguarda l anno 1939, troviamo la raccolta dei seguenti racconti, a fianco ho messo per ognuno la mia valutazione sul racconto Io, Robot 4 5Lo strano volo di Richard Clayton 4 5Problemi con l acqua di H L Gold 3 5Il mantello di Aesir di Don A Stuart 1 5Il giorno compiuto di Lester del Rey 3 5Il catalizzatore finale di John Taine 2 5L uomo nodoso di L Sprague de Camp 3 5Il distruttore nero di A E van Vogt 3 5Pi grande degli dei di C L Moore 2 5Oscillazioni di Isaac Asimov 3 5La giraffa blu di L Sprague de Camp 2 5L aureola fuorviata di Henry Kuttner 1 5Pianeta pesante di Milton A Rothman 4 5La linea della vita di Robert A Heinlein 1 5Creature eteree di Theodore Sturgeon 1 5Pellegrinaggio di Nelson Bond 2 5Ruggine di Joseph E Kelleam 4 5Il triangolo quadrilatero di William F Temple 1 5Stella che brilli lass di Jack Williamson 2 5Disadattato di Robert A Heinlein 3 5Se devo invece dare una considerazione finale su tutti i racconti devo scrivere che alcuni sono buoni, nessuno mi ha fatto rimanere con il fiato sospeso e altri, purtroppo la maggior parte, li ho trovati davvero pessimi e nel complesso questo primo volume mi ha lasciato piuttosto perplesso.In questa raccolta di racconti si vedono molti aspetti della fantascienza Forse troppi, tutti mescolati insieme Dalle intelligenze artificiali, alle realt post apocalittiche, ad assurde situazioni e poi ancora grandi invenzioni e scoperte, avventure nello spazio, creature di altri mondi il problema di fondo che nel 1939 tutto ci poteva creare quel sense of wonder che era tipico per racconti che si affacciavano per la prima volta nelle librerie americane, adesso nel 2017 per lo pi fanno sorridere sebbene sia importante rileggere questa fantascienza pioneristica, ci non toglie che lo si fa con una punta di noia.Una lettura che non pu mancare agli appassionati, agli altri, tutto sommato, s