3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to: navigation, search
3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction
3000 years of fantasy and science fiction.jpg
Dust-jacket illustration of 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction
Author edited by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp
Cover artist Emanuel Schongut
Country United States
Language English
Genre Fantasy and Science fiction short stories
Published 1972 (Lothrop Lee & Shepard)
Media type Print (Hardback)
Pages 256 pp
ISBN NA
Followed by Tales Beyond Time

3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction is an anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories, edited by L. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp. It was first published in both hardcover and paperback by Lothrop Lee & Shepard in 1972.[1][2] It was the first such anthology assembled by the de Camps, preceding their later Tales Beyond Time (1973).

The book collects eleven tales by various authors, with a foreword by Isaac Asimov and an overall introduction by the de Camps.[1][2]

Contents[edit]

Reception[edit]

Marguerite B. Burgess, writing in Library Journal, called the book "a solid collection of classic science fiction stories," but "contains nothing new for seasoned SF fans." She felt the Lovecraft piece "rather weak" and questioned the inclusion of the Odyssey except as "a far-fetched choice," but thought "[t]he headnotes by the de Camps ... good and informative, providing historical perspective." She recommended it as a book "librarians should order ... for their junior high school readers."[3]

In a second Library Journal review, Frances Postell found the book "[a]n average collection of sci fi stories" with the ancient Greek excerpts "too brief" and the de Bergerac piece "overly long." She deemed the modern selections "pithy and not often anthologized" and noted the introduction "provides a capsule history of the genre." She felt it "will interest upper junior high and high school readers of fantasy and science fiction."[4]

The Christian Century called it "an anthology worth noting and owning."[5]

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ a b Laughlin, Charlotte; Daniel J. H. Levack (1983). De Camp: An L. Sprague de Camp Bibliography. San Francisco: Underwood/Miller. pp. 114–115. 
  2. ^ a b 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction title listing at the Internet Speculative Fiction Database
  3. ^ Burgess, Marguerite B. "The Book Review. Fiction. Science Fiction." In Library Journal, v. 97, no. 19, Nov. 1, 1972, p. 3617.
  4. ^ Postell, Frances. "The Book Review. Junior High Up." In Library Journal, v. 97, no. 22, Dec. 15, 1972, pp. 4076-4077.
  5. ^ "Criticism: Books and the Arts." In The Christian Century, v. 89, no. 43, Nov. 29, 1972, p. 1218.