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Series: British Library Science Fiction Classics
Editor: Mike Ashley
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Dead Centre – Judith Merril
A Visit to the Moon – George Griffith
Sunrise on the Moon – John Munro
First Men in the Moon – H.G. Wells
Sub-Satellite – Charles Cloukey
Lunar Lilliput – William F. Temple
Nothing Happens on the Moon – Paul Ernst
Whatever Gods There Be -Gordon R. Dickson
Idiot’s Delight – John Wyndham
After a Judgement Day – Edmond Hamilton
The Sentinel – Arthur C. Clarke
Boring, boring, boring. Many of these stories were more travelogues “in space” than any adventure story. I can imagine the moon just fine on my own thank you very much.
Yeah, not much else to say besides boring. I mentioned this in the Lost Mars review, but these stories are mostly in public domain and they are there because nobody cares enough to do the work to keep them punching out pennies for the author or their estate. If nobody is willing to do that minimal work, that should tell you a good bit about the stories themselves. Mainly forgotten stories that nobody will miss once they are completely forgotten.
So far, this series has felt like something thrown together by the editor to make a quick buck or to fill in some sort of hole in a publishing schedule. I will say, those vintage SF geeks will probably enjoy these, but I am not one of those people. I might enjoy old stories, but not because they are old, but because they are good. A vintage SF geek will enjoy the story because it is old, period.