THE LAST MIMZY IS THE IDEAL INTRODUCTION TO AN AUTHOR WHO WAS AHEAD OF HIS TIME–AND WHOSE TIME HAS FINALLY COME.
These seventeen classic stories create their own unique galaxy of vain, protective, and murderous robots; devilish angels; and warm and angry aliens. In “Mimsy Were the Borogoves”–the inspiration for New Line Cinema’s major motion picture The Last Mimzy–a boy finds a discarded box containing a treasure trove of curious objects. When he and his sister begin to play with these trinkets–including a crystal cube that magnifies the unimaginable and a strange doll with removable organs that don’t quite correspond to those of the human body–their parents grow concerned. And they should be. For the items are changing the way the children think and perceive the world around them–for better or worse.
Ray Bradbury called Henry Kuttner “a man who shaped science fiction and fantasy in its most important years.” Marion Zimmer Bradley and Roger Zelazny said he was a major inspiration. Kuttner was a writer’s writer whose visionary works anticipated our own computer-controlled, machine-made world. At the time of his death at forty-two in 1958, he had created as many as 170 stories under more than a dozen pseudonyms–sometimes writing entire issues of science fiction magazines–in close collaboration with his wife, C. L. Moore.
This definitive collection will be a revelation to those who wish to discover or rediscover Henry Kuttner, a true master of the universe.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
It's too bad that the true nature of the "author" Henry Kuttner is not recognized. Originally, the short story "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" was published with the author's name as Lewis Padgett which was, in fact, a pen name for Henry Kuttner and his wife C. L. Moore. Since she was a fine writer in her own stead, it would be nice to give both contributers credit for the work they did together. The author of "Mimsy..." is neither a he or a she: the author is a they.
The story collection, by the way, is excellent. Even the weakest stories have kernals of gem value.
Kuttner hasn't beguilled us with his wonderful imagination for almost fifty years, but his stories still have a timeless appeal. I found myself wanting the Mimzy story to be a novel instead of a mere 30 pages. Oh well, I am happy with the enchanting story. This is a fine collection of seventeen widely-different tales for both the novice and oldtimer SciFi readers
Although a childrens movie is loosley based on one story in this book, it is not a childrens book. It is a sci-fi book of short stories that has not been dumbed down and reflects interesting and creative ideas that are well written. I did read "mimzy were the borogoves" to my children, but I am afraid that much of the story was over their heads. It did spark an interesting conversation at the conclusion indicating to me that they did at least pick up the main plot points, but were upset by the conclusion (which I will not spoil here).
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