This seventeen-story anthology displays the opening or a
very early entry of some of the great speculative fiction
authors of the twentieth century. Each tale contains an
introduction written by the author or posthumously by
someone close to the writer. Using the perfection of
hindsight, readers will quickly understand why writers like
de Camp. Clarke, McCaffrey, etc. became household names at
least in those homes that relish a delightful science
fiction anthology. Each tale is well written, but also
intriguing is the intro. Genre fans will gain immense
pleasure from seeing the WONDROUS BEGINNINGS of a virtual
who's who, but newcomers will relish this book also because
the collection provides an overture to some of the
superstars of the genre.
Reviewed by PNR Group Member
Posted December 15, 2002
Every great writer has to begin somewhere. Here, in one
star-studded volume, are the debut stories from some of
science fiction's best and brightest-with insightful new
introductions by the authors themselves.
These are stories that launched the careers of Ray
Bradbury, Arthur C. Clarke, Anne McCaffrey, Orson Scott
Card, L. Sprague de Camp, George R.R. Martin, Murray
Leinster, Hal Clement, and other stellar talents.