Moonrise (British Library Science Fiction Classics) ★★☆☆☆

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Title: Moonrise
Series: British Library Science Fiction Classics
Editor: Mike Ashley
Rating: 2 of 5 Stars
Genre: SF
Pages: 258
Words: 99.5K



Synopsis:

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

My Thoughts:

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.

Rating: 2 out of 5.

28 thoughts on “Moonrise (British Library Science Fiction Classics) ★★☆☆☆

            1. What you describe is supposed to be how it works. And adding a forward, etc, IS the way companies today keep getting money from books and stories that have gone into public domain.
              But my point was that that’s not always how it works….

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  1. Classics and I have a touchy relationship. I never seem to like them and then someone is always saying, “But you have to think about WHEN they were written.” I get it, it just does not make me enjoy it anymore thank you. Currently reading On the Road for my lunch book at work and while it’s kept my attention, I’m not really seeing what all the fuss is about so far.

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    1. Yeah, “foundational” is going to change with every generation. I grew up with Asimov, Clarke, etc and they are always going to be the Masters for me. But kids growing up now, they’ll have to find their own foundational authors. I feel bad for them really.

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    1. They were just plain old boring.
      The editor, who continues to impress me less and less, really chose some bombs as far as I’m concerned.
      I’ve got 2 more to go in this series and I have to admit I’m looking forward to it being done.
      In terms of food (hahaha, there I go again), these are the leftovers stuck in the back of the fridge….

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