Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Review of "The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August, 1963"

Review of

The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, August, 1963

Five out of five stars

 With contributions by Robert A. Heinlein and Isaac Asimov, this magazine has material by the best in the field at the time. The piece by Asimov is one of his essays that he wrote for so many years and were then collected into a series of books. They remain some of the best explanations of math and science concepts ever written. The item by Heinlein is “Glory Road” and is the largest story in the collection.
 The science fiction is a bit dated, yet the themes are timeless.  The second largest story is “Turn Off The Sky” by Ray Nelson. One of the best short stories you will ever read is “The Censors: A Sad Allegory” by T. P. Caravan. In a half of a page, Caravan puts down one of the most powerful anti-censorship messages ever written.
 A look back at the history of a field is always a positive thing. It is refreshing and illuminating to (re)read stories from over fifty years ago.

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