(PDF) The Best of James Blish

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  • The Best of James Blish
  • James Blish
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  • 15 April 2019
  • 9780345256003

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Free download The Best of James Blish Read ò The Best of James Blish ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Sed from “Sunken Universe” Super Science Stories May ’42 and “Surface Tension” Galaxy Aug ’52 · Testament of Andros · nv Future Jan ’53 · Common Time · ss Science Fiction uarterly Aug ’53 · Beep · nv Galaxy Feb ’54 · A Work of Art “Art Work” · nv Science Fiction Stories Jul ’56 · This Earth of Hour. I confess that I did not read this entire book I read a novella called There Shall Be No Darkness that was part of a book called Witches Three along with Conjure Wife and Blue Star I read this when I was very young and found the book on eBay It is not listed on Goodreads so I had to pick a different book that also included the novella This is a great werewolf story Very very atmospheric A perfect autumn read I loved it Cut the Clutter young and found the book on eBay It is not listed on Goodreads so I had to pick a different book that also included the novella This is a great werewolf story Very very atmospheric A perfect autumn read I loved it

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Free download The Best of James Blish Read ò The Best of James Blish ç PDF, eBook or Kindle ePUB free Contents· Science Fiction the Hard Way · Robert A W Lowndes · in · Citadel of Thought · ss Stirring Science Stories Feb ’41 · The Box · ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’49 · There Shall Be No Darkness · nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr ’50 · Surface Tension Lavon · na The Seedling Stars James Blish Gnome 1956; revi. I first came across this book when I was way too young about 10 or 11 and didn t get what most of the stories were about I still thought it was brilliant I must have read Surface Tension half a dozen times at least It s a haunting tale mainly set in a small pool where microscopic people build a four centimeter long spaceship capable of traveling the several meters to the next puddle Impossible to forget I also loved There Will Be No Darkness a superior werewolf story which I believe is the only thing Blish did that s ever been filmedWhen I re read it in my teens I appreciated several of the others Testament of Andros is a wonderfully ambiguous story possibly about how the world ends as the result of a massive solar flare and likely about how an elderly astrophysicist has a psychotic breakdown A Work of Art describes an experiment where the personality of Richard Strauss is brought back to life in a future world where no one is interested in music any Blish appeared to know uite a lot about Strauss Tomb Tapper is an incident in some future war where the tomb tapper uses a telepathic probe to read the thoughts of a crashed enemy pilot They are so weird that he concludes it must really be some kind of alien Unless there is a third explanationIf you like SF short stories or indeed any kind of short stories then I can t recommend this collection highly enough It should be much better knownSo here s a speculative theory about A Work of Art which I thought of while making lunch The story is uite moving which is often a sign that the author might feel personally involved But whyWell when I read Blish the themes of many of his novels do rather remind me of the kind of religious heroic fantasy that was being written hundreds of years ago by giants like Dante and Milton You have the same kind of big screen cosmic showdowns between the forces of Good identified with the Christian Church and Evil identified with a very personal Satan As with his august predecessors Blish s books contain a lot of edgy and speculative theology not at all mainstream stuff For a clear example take a look at my review of They Shall Have StarsUnfortunately Blish had a double tragedy to contend with here First people aren t really interested any in that kind of stuff I seem to be one of the few people who s even noticed what They Shall Have Stars is about Second he didn t have any of Dante or Milton s talent To put it bluntly most of his books just come across as hack SF novels with exaggerated pretensions That s rather the situation we have in A Work of Art Richard Strauss suddenly wakes up in a different body and finds a world where no one cares about music any His personality has been revived as a scientific experiment He tries to go about his business as a composer One day he stumbles across the following poem by Ezra Pound and suddenly feels inspired No man hath dared to write this thing as yet And yet I know how that the souls of all men great At times pass athrough us And we are melted into them and are not Save reflexions of their souls Thus am I Dante for a space and am One Francois Villon ballad lord and thief Or am such holy ones I may not write Lest blasphemy be writ against my name This for an instant and the flame is gone Tis as in midmost us there glows a sphere Translucent molten gold that is the I And into this some form projects itself Christus or John or eke the Florentine And as the clear space is not if a form s Imposed thereon So cease we from all being for the time And these the Masters of the Soul live on He starts writing a piece based on it No one is interested they just think it s a curiosity But he perseveres until a much worse realization dawns It s no good His talent didn t survive being transported into his new corporeal being And worst of all he s the only person in the world who even knows itIt s not exactly a smoking gun but I did wonder A Work of Art is definitely one of the best things Blish did