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Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year - Second Annual Collection
Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year - Second Annual Collection Author:Lester del Rey Last year's inaugural volume of "Best Science Fiction Stories of the Year" won enthusiastic acceptance from readers across the nation. Besides plaudits from veteran Isaac Asimov, another critic called it "the finest and most perceptive science fiction of the year" and Library Journal hailed it as "a splendid preview of what should be an excellen... more »t series."
Lester del Rey's second selection of short science fiction, published in magazines or original books during 1972, fulfills that promise. Here are stories that explore the chilling implications of current medical research: What is a man could me made truly immortal? What if organ transplants developed to the ultimate? Here, too, are stories of humor and surprise- the young-married set in search of the farthest-out tourist junket yet; an illegal salvage operation on the moon. Naturally, there are stories about extraterrestrial life, space vehicles and time machines, proving to the science fiction buff that new things can still be said on these familiar topics.
Whether the authors are old-timers like Larry Niven and Robert Silverberg or comparative newcomers like Gordon Eklund, Del Rey has made his selection on the basis of the quality of the story and its capacity to entertain the reader. Imagination, believability, warmth, and provocative ideas are here in abundance. As Isaac Asimov advises, the reader has only to "read and enjoy."« less