3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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).

3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction
3000 years of fantasy and science fiction
Dust-jacket illustration.
EditorsL. Sprague de Camp and Catherine Crook de Camp
Cover artistEmanuel Schongut
CountryUnited States
LanguageEnglish
GenreFantasy and Science fiction
Published1972 (Lothrop Lee & Shepard)
Media typePrint (Hardback)
Pages256
Followed byTales Beyond Time 

Summary

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

Reception

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

  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.
1972 in literature

This article presents lists of the literary events and publications in 1972.

A Gun for Dinosaur

"A Gun for Dinosaur" is a time travel science fiction story written by L. Sprague de Camp as part of his Rivers of Time series. It tells the story of four men who travel into the past to hunt and kill dinosaurs.

It was first published in the magazine Galaxy Science Fiction for March, 1956, and first appeared in book form in the anthology The World That Couldn't Be and 8 Other SF Novelets (Doubleday, 1959). It has since been reprinted in numerous other anthologies, including The Time Curve (1968), 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1972), Dawn of Time (1979), Science Fiction A to Z (1982), Grand Masters' Choice (1989), Dinosaurs! (1990), Dinosaurs (1996), Timescapes: Stories of Time Travel (1997), The SFWA Grand Masters, Volume 1 (1999), The World Turned Upside Down (2005), and The Best Time Travel Stories of the 20th Century (2005), as well as such collections of de Camp's work as A Gun for Dinosaur and Other Imaginative Tales (1963), The Best of L. Sprague de Camp (1978), Rivers of Time (1993), and Years in the Making: the Time-Travel Stories of L. Sprague de Camp (2005). It has been translated into French, German, Italian, Czech, Dutch, and Spanish, and adapted into radio and comic book form.

Catherine Crook de Camp

Catherine Crook de Camp, (November 6, 1907 – April 9, 2000) was an American science fiction and fantasy author and editor. Most of her work was done in collaboration with her husband L. Sprague de Camp, to whom she was married for sixty years. Her solo work was largely non-fiction.

Creatures of the Cosmos

Creatures of the Cosmos is an anthology of fantasy and science fiction short stories for younger readers, edited by Catherine Crook de Camp. It was first published in hardcover by Westminster Press in 1977. It was the third such anthology assembled by de Camp, following the earlier 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1972) and Tales Beyond Time (1973), both of which she edited together with her husband L. Sprague de Camp.

Tales Beyond Time

Tales Beyond Time: From Fantasy to 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 hardcover by Lothrop Lee & Shepard in 1973, and in paperback by William Morrow; a large print edition followed from G. K. Hall & Co. in 1974. It was the second such anthology assembled by the de Camps, following their earlier 3000 Years of Fantasy and Science Fiction (1972).

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