Monday, 13 February 2012

Review; The Best of Henry Kuttner

The Best of Henry Kuttner (1975)

Henry Kuttner was a remarkable science fiction writer with a quirky, broad repertoire that never failed to delight or surprise.  This collection of short stories published between 1939 and 1955 is in no way exhaustive, but it does serve as an excellent introduction to the breadth of his talents.  In here can be found what is probably his most famous story, "The Proud Robot", a couple of the marvelous Hogbens stories, the whimsical fantasy of "Housing Problem" and the bittersweet commentary on parenting, "Mimsy Were the Borogroves"

Reprinted recently as "The Last Mimsy", it is an excellent example of a bad movie acting as an excuse to republish a far superior book.

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