A book report of Wide Angle Lens Stories of Time and Space, edited by Phyllis R Fenner.
Published in 1980, this book is a collection of short stories by famous science fiction authors, including Ray Bradbury, Philip K Dick and Isaac Asimov.
The story I favored is “The Imposter” by Philip K Dick. As I read this story I couldn’t help recalling a film, Imposter, directed by Gary Fleder and starring Gary Sinise. After reading the wiki article, the film was based on the short story found in this book. However, the film was not a block buster as it only grossed about six million in 2001 dollars.
A close second is the “What’s It Like Out There” by Edmond Hamilton which spoke to death and the obligation to make the dead into a heros for the benefit of family and friends.
The lest favorite story is the “Each an Explorer” by Isaac Asimov which is a sleepy story about pollinating foreign planets that I found to be slow and sleepy.
The list of stories in this book :
- Interior artwork by Erick Ingraham
- Through a Glass Darkly • essay by Phyllis R. Fenner
- Sound of Thunder • (1952)
- Short story by Ray Bradbury (variant of A Sound of Thunder)
- The Hoop by Howard Fast
- Saturn Rising by Arthur C. Clarke
- The Impostor by Philip K. Dick
- Delilah and the Space Rigger by Robert A. Heinlein
- What’s It Like Out There? by Edmond Hamilton
- The Trap by Kem Bennett
- Brightside Crossing by Alan E. Nourse
- The Hour of Letdown by E. B. White
- Each an Explorer by Isaac Asimov
I bought this copy of The Wide Angle Lens Stories of Time and Space at a Thrift store for $0.50. I am not a huge fan of science fiction and only purchased this copy so I could ‘study’ how short stories end. But, I really couldn’t draw any conclusions on how to properly conclude a short story as most of these stories just ‘ended’. I expected some sort of deep spiritual insight into the meaning of life at the ending but there were none.
Although the Imposter story did have some meaning as it touched on the reality that no one really knows us and we don’t really know ourselves.
And maybe I should alter my reading comprehensive strategies to pick up on the stories’ themes.
But, for the most part, I read through the stories to check them off the list and didn’t walk away with any great insights. Yet, the act of reading helps the future effort at short story writting.
Started the book in late May 2018 and finished in mid June 2018. Read during lunch breaks and at home.