American Science Fiction: Nine Classic Novels of the 1950s
Ed. by Gary K. Wolfe
Fans of vintage SF will rejoice at this deluxe edition of nine classic novels from SF’s Golden Age. Picking a favourite is impossible: time travel, space opera, dystopic visions, science fantasy, and post-apocalyptic adventures are all on tap, and in some cases they’ve never been handled better. Of course there’s a 1950s flavour to the proceedings — this is the future that was — but at the same time it’s remarkable how lightly these novels wear their age. In large part that’s because their influence has been so great. It was the science fiction of the ’50s that defined the genre as it’s still practiced today, and we’re still exploring worlds that these authors first imagined.