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Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction, Volume 3: Supermen (Original 1984; 1984. Auflage)

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Titel:Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction, Volume 3: Supermen
Info:Signet Books, New York
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Tags:science fiction, anthology, supermen, evolution


Isaac Asimov's Wonderful Worlds of Science Fiction, Volume 3: Supermen von Isaac Asimov (Editor) (1984)

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* Gordon R. Dickson - In the Bone. Hmm. A lone spaceman has a pointless conflict with an alien on a faraway, earth-like planet. I really didn't care for it; not only because the details of the story strained suspension of disbelief, and not only because I might disagree with the story's essential premise that Man can be 'broken down' to a violent, primal, self: certainly humans are violent, and have caused extinctions and do engage in unnecessary violence. But the story felt like it had a self-congratulatory tone about this theorized 'essential nature' that I found quite repugnant. Perhaps it wasn't intended by Dickson - I'm not sure.

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AutorennameRolleArt des AutorsWerk?Status
Asimov, IsaacHerausgeberHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Greenberg, Martin HHerausgeberHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Waugh, Charles G.HerausgeberHauptautoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Anderson, PoulMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Chapdelaine, Perry A.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Dickson, Gordon R.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Ellison, HarlanMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
High, Philip E.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Knight, DamonMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Koontz, Dean R.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Niven, LarryMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Silverberg, RobertMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Slesar, HenryMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Van Vogt, A.E.MitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
Zelazny, RogerMitwirkenderCo-Autoralle Ausgabenbestätigt
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