Stories by a recognized master of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror. Also known as Lewis Padgett and Kenneth O'Donnell. He was a frequent co-author with wife, C. L. Moore.
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I love this book so much. I have a couple of copies, including a first edition. I kept waiting for it to hit Kindle. I find the plot of the book predictable, simply because I've read the darned thing a hundred times. For me the mood is Nostalgic because this is a book of my early teen years and so it makes me feel nostalgic. If you like old school sci fi, filled with humor and pathos and brilliance, get this book. If only for The Proud Robot and Nothing But Gingerbread Left, it's totally worth the price.
I am a long time fan of Kuttner...like 40 years long time. But that was coming late for me, I started reading scifi in the 2nd grade. In the 5th grade after reading The Martian Chronicles, I wanted to grow up to be Ray Bradbury. Strange for a girl in the late 50' s, early 60's. We weren't exactly 'encouraged' to read scifi, let alone want to write it. I was lucky enough to be an Air Force brat who inheritated scifi and fantasy books when my dad's friends were through with them. If you liked this, read Robots Have No Tails. Its's wonderful. As for the Mimsy..don't bother watching that ridiculously bad excuse for a movie, it sucked. I think I watched maybe 20 minutes of it.. Read the story, it is absolutely chilling.
This book contains the classic "Mimsy were the Borogoves" from which the movie "The Last Mimsy" was adapted. It was adapted badly, as usual, since printed science fiction seldom translates well to the visual mediums of television and movies. "Mimsy" is one of the greatest stories Henry Kuttner ever wrote, and should be reread with every new generation. I've even used it as a basis for a lecture on how Kuttner's vision of educational toys from the future changing the thinking of two children came true less than 40 years after he wrote his story -- not millions of years as he predicted. The other stories in this volume range from light-hearted to serious and are all good reading.
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