Galactic Empires Volume Two Author:Brian Aldiss, ed. Book Club Edition — Book Description: — Interstellar civilizations rise, flourish and fall in this unique collection of superb stories! — GALACTIC EMPIRES is more than an anthology: it is a vast two-volume novel of the future written by some of the greatest science fiction writers alive, including Arthur C. Clarke, Isaac Asimov, Poul Anderson, Clif... more »ford Simak, Cordwainer Smith, A. E. Van Vogt, Harry Harrison, and many others.
Brian Aldiss has selected twenty-six stories and assembled them into a mammoth saga which explores many dimsnsions of the Galactic Empire: its origins, laws, mores, educational systems, not to mention its incredible variety of inhabitants, and their experience with the natural quirks of the universe in which they, and we, all live. Aldiss has created nothing less than the epic rise and fall of the Galactic Empire.
Some of the stories have been undeservedly neglected since their publication in obscure and now defunct sci-fi magazines; others are acknowledged classics. All of them have been placed carefully so that they fit logically into the overall saga of man's conquest of the galaxy, the wars of empire, and the final dissolution and destruction of humanity's greatest endeavor.
The result is a vast panorama which begins with the first quiverings of incipient Time and is confined only by the limits of the world's most daring and creative imaginations.« less