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The Best of James Blish [PDF / Epub] ☀ The Best of James Blish By James Blish – Natus-physiotherapy.co.uk Contents Science Fiction the Hard Way Robert A W Lowndes in Citadel of Thought ss Stirring Science Stories Feb The Box ss Thrilling Wonder Stories Apr There Shall Be No Darkness nv Thrilling Wonder Contents Science Fiction the Hard Way of James Kindle Ô Robert A W Lowndes in Citadel of Thought ss Stirring Science Stories FebThe Box ss Thrilling Wonder Stories AprThere Shall Be No Darkness nv Thrilling Wonder Stories AprSurface Tension Lavon na The Seedling Stars, James Blish, Gnome,revised from Sunken The Best PDF/EPUB ² Universe , Super Science Stories Mayand Surface Tension , Galaxy AugTestament of Andros nv Future JanCommon Time ss Science Fiction Quarterly AugBeep nv Galaxy FebA Work of Art Art Work nv Science Fiction Stories JulThis Earth of Hours nv FSF JunThe Oath nv FSF OctHow Beautiful Best of James Epub Ú with Banners ss Orbit , ed Damon Knight, Berkley Medallion,A Style in Treason expanded from A Hero s Life , Impulse Marnv Galaxy JunProbapossible Prolegomena to Ideareal History William Atheling, Jr aw Foundation May.


About the Author: James Blish

James Benjamin Blish East Orange, New of James Kindle Ô Jersey, May , Henley on Thames, July , was an American author of fantasy and science fiction Blish also wrote literary criticism of science fiction using the pen name William Atheling JrIn the late s to The Best PDF/EPUB ² the early s, Blish was a member of the FuturiansBlish trained as a biologist at Rutgers and Columbia University, and spent as a medical technician in the US Army After the war he became the science editor for the Pfizer pharmaceutical company His Best of James Epub Ú first published story appeared in , and his writing career progressed until he gave up his job to become a professional writerHe is credited with coining the term gas giant, in the story Solar Plexus as it appeared in the anthology Beyond Human Ken, edited by Judith Merril The story was originally published in , but that version did not contain the term Blish apparently added it in a rewrite done for the anthology, which was first published in Blish was married to the literary agent Virginia Kidd from to From to , he worked for the Tobacco InstituteBetween and his death from lung cancer in , Blish became the first author to write short story collections based upon the classic TV series Star Trek In total, Blish wrote volumes of short stories adapted from episodes of the s TV series, as well as an original novel, Spock Must Die in the first original novel for adult readers based upon the series since then hundredshave been published He died midway through writing Star Trek his wife, JA Lawrence, completed the book, and later completed the adaptations in the volume Mudd s AngelsBlish lived in Milford, Pennsylvania at Arrowhead until the mid s In , Blish emigrated to England, and lived in Oxford until his death in He is buried in Holywell Cemetery, Oxford, near the grave of Kenneth Grahame.



10 thoughts on “The Best of James Blish

  1. Manny Manny says:

    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 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 filmed.When 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, andlikely 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 anyBlish appeared to know quite 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 known.___________________________________________So here s a speculative theory about A Work of Art, which I thought of while making lunch The story is quite moving, which is often a sign that the author might feel personally involved But why Well 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 Stars.Unfortunately, Blish had a double tragedy to contend with here First, people aren t really interested anyin 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 anyHis 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 it.It s not exactly a smoking gun, but I did wonder A Work of Art is definitely one of the best things Blish did


  2. Cindy Veneris Cindy Veneris says:

    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


  3. Chris Chris says:

    3.5 stars.


  4. Nik Kane Nik Kane says:

    Before this collection, I had only read novels by Blish I always felt like he had great ideas, huge potential, but lousy execution And most of them fall apart in the second half Well, after reading this collection it seems clear that short stories are James Blish s wheelhouse Most of these stories are really good The short story seems to be Blish s creative unit, which helps explain why his novels are never that great They all seem like short stories onto which unnecessary filler has been Before this collection, I had only read novels by Blish I always felt like he had great ideas, huge potential, but lousy execution And most of them fall apart in the second half Well, after reading this collection it seems clear that short stories are James Blish s wheelhouse Most of these stories are really good The short story seems to be Blish s creative unit, which helps explain why his novels are never that great They all seem like short stories onto which unnecessary filler has been grafted to turn them into novels They would all be mucheffective as short stories For evidence of this read this book


  5. Norman Howe Norman Howe says:

    Science Fiction


  6. C.F. II C.F. II says:

    I loved reading this again, the first time around I was quite young Enjoyed it better as an adult Thanks, JB.


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