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William Tenn (1920–2010)

Autor(a) de Of Men and Monsters

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About the Author

William Tenn, the pseudonym of Philip Klass, was born in London, England on May 9, 1920. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and served as a combat engineer in the United States Army during World War II. After leaving the Army, he worked as a technical editor with an Air Force radar and radio mostrar mais laboratory and was employed by Bell Labs. He taught English and comparative literature at Penn State University for 24 years. He wrote academic articles, essays, one novel entitled Of Men and Monsters, and more than 60 short stories including Child's Play, Venus and the Seven Sexes, Down Among the Dead Men, The Liberation of Earth, Time in Advance, and On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi. He received the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999. He died of congestive heart failure on February 7, 2010 at the age of 89. (Bowker Author Biography) mostrar menos
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Obras por William Tenn

Of Men and Monsters (1968) 392 exemplares
Of All Possible Worlds (1955) 159 exemplares
The Human Angle (1948) 141 exemplares
The Square Root of Man (1968) 133 exemplares
The Wooden Star (1968) 123 exemplares
The Seven Sexes (1968) 104 exemplares
Time in Advance (1958) 84 exemplares
A Lamp for Medusa / the Players of Hell (1968) — Contribuidor — 31 exemplares
Strange Tomorrows (1972) 15 exemplares
Firewater! (1975) 11 exemplares
The Men in the Walls (2016) 9 exemplares
Betelgeuse Bridge (2011) 8 exemplares
Tiempo anticipado (1962) 7 exemplares
Child's Play (1947) 7 exemplares
Project Hush (2011) 7 exemplares
Time in Advance [novelette] (1956) 6 exemplares
Brooklyn Project 6 exemplares
Los mundos (1977) 5 exemplares
The Flat-Eyed Monster (2011) 4 exemplares
ONCE AGAINST THE LAW (1968) 4 exemplares
Party of the Two Parts (2011) 3 exemplares
Mundos posibles 3 exemplares
The Servant Problem [novelette] (1955) 3 exemplares
Generation Of Noah 3 exemplares
Null-P [short story] 3 exemplares
A Lamp for Medusa 2 exemplares
The House Dutiful 2 exemplares
Wednesday's Child 2 exemplares
The Tenants 1 exemplar
Das Robothaus (1972) 1 exemplar
Los Invasores 1 exemplar
A Man of Family 1 exemplar
TOMORROW (1) One (1971) 1 exemplar
The Custodian 1 exemplar
La Tierra invadida 1 exemplar
Monster och människor (1991) 1 exemplar
Consulate 1 exemplar
The Ionian Cycle 1 exemplar

Associated Works

The Science Fiction Century (1997) — Contribuidor — 530 exemplares
Fifty Short Science Fiction Tales (1963) — Contribuidor — 459 exemplares
The Big Book of Science Fiction (2016) — Contribuidor — 416 exemplares
Science Fiction Omnibus (1952) — Contribuidor — 340 exemplares
Smart Dragons, Foolish Elves (1991) — Contribuidor — 294 exemplares
Weird Tales (1988) — Contribuidor — 266 exemplares
The Penguin Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Treasury (1988) — Contribuidor — 249 exemplares
100 Great Fantasy Short, Short Stories (1984) — Contribuidor — 247 exemplares
The Road to Science Fiction #3: From Heinlein to Here (1979) — Contribuidor — 243 exemplares
The Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952) — Contribuidor — 231 exemplares
The 13 Crimes of Science Fiction (1979) — Contribuidor — 227 exemplares
The Arbor House Treasury of Modern Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuidor — 196 exemplares
A Treasury of Science Fiction (1948) — Contribuidor, algumas edições177 exemplares
9th Annual Edition: The Year's Best S-F (1964) — Contribuidor — 164 exemplares
A Science Fiction Argosy (1972) — Contribuidor, algumas edições164 exemplares
17 X Infinity (1900) — Contribuidor — 162 exemplares
The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 9th Series (1961) — Contribuidor — 153 exemplares
A Science Fiction Omnibus (1973) — Contribuidor — 148 exemplares
Southern Blood: Vampire Stories from the American South (1997) — Contribuidor — 145 exemplares
Isaac Asimov's Magical Worlds of Fantasy, Volume 2: Witches (1984) — Contribuidor — 137 exemplares
The Best Time Travel Stories of All Time (2002) — Contribuidor — 134 exemplares
The Wesleyan Anthology of Science Fiction (2010) — Contribuidor — 133 exemplares
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction (1998) — Contribuidor — 132 exemplares
The Best Science Fiction of the Year #4 (1975) — Contribuidor — 127 exemplares
Spectrum (1961) — Contribuidor — 124 exemplares
The Playboy Book of Science Fiction and Fantasy (1955) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Voyagers in Time (1967) — Contribuidor — 117 exemplares
Galaxy, Thirty Years of Innovative Science Fiction (1980) — Contribuidor — 113 exemplares
New Writings in SF-4 (1965) — Contribuidor — 112 exemplares
Science Fiction of the 50's (1971) — Contribuidor — 110 exemplares
The Fantastic Universe Omnibus (1960) — Contribuidor — 107 exemplares
An ABC of Science Fiction (1809) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Frankenstein Omnibus (1994) — Contribuidor — 103 exemplares
The Mammoth Book of SF Wars (2012) — Contribuidor — 100 exemplares
Vamps: An Anthology of Female Vampire Stories (1987) — Contribuidor — 97 exemplares
Invaders of Earth (1953) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 16 (1954) (1987) — Contribuidor — 90 exemplares
Catastrophes! (1981) — Contribuidor — 89 exemplares
Giants Unleashed (1965) — Contribuidor — 88 exemplares
Science Fiction: The Great Years (1973) — Contribuidor — 86 exemplares
Seven Come Infinity (1950) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Beyond Control (1972) — Contribuidor — 85 exemplares
Isaac Asimov Presents The Great SF Stories 13 (1951) (1985) — Contribuidor — 82 exemplares
Nebula Awards Showcase 2000 (2000) — Contribuidor — 78 exemplares
Famous Fantastic Mysteries (1991) — Contribuidor — 66 exemplares
Transit of Earth (1971) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
Alpha 4 (1973) — Contribuidor — 61 exemplares
100 Hilarious Little Howlers (1999) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Virtuous Vampires (1996) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Survival of Freedom (1981) — Contribuidor — 54 exemplares
Worlds of Tomorrow (1963) — Contribuidor — 52 exemplares
TV:2000 (1982) — Contribuidor — 51 exemplares
Alpha 6 (1976) — Contribuidor — 45 exemplares
Science Fiction Thinking Machines (1954) — Contribuidor — 38 exemplares
Weird Shadows From Beyond (1965) — Contribuidor — 35 exemplares
Young Witches and Warlocks (1987) — Contribuidor — 32 exemplares
Infinite jests;: The lighter side of science fiction (1974) — Contribuidor — 30 exemplares
Tomorrow 1 (1971) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Invaders! (1993) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
Gentle Invaders (1969) — Contribuidor — 29 exemplares
What If? Volume 1 (1980) — Contribuidor — 27 exemplares
Shot in the Dark (1950) — Contribuidor — 24 exemplares
Tomorrow and Tomorrow : Ten Tales of the Future (1973) — Contribuidor — 23 exemplares
Ensimmäinen yhteys : tieteisnovelleja (1988) — Contribuidor, algumas edições22 exemplares
Novella : 3 (1978) — Contribuidor — 22 exemplares
The Girl With The Hungry Eyes (1949) — Contribuidor — 18 exemplares
Worst Contact (2015) — Contribuidor — 17 exemplares
Future Wars . . . and Other Punchlines (BAEN) (2015) — Contribuidor — 14 exemplares
The Stars and Under: A Selection of Science Fiction (1968) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
The Second Astounding Science Fiction Anthology (1952) — Contribuidor — 13 exemplares
Astounding Science Fiction 1952 02 (1952) — Contribuidor — 12 exemplares
Østenfor sol : 38 fantastiske fortellinger fra hele verden (1969) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Masters' Choice 2 (1969) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Year's Best Science Fiction Novels: 1953 (1953) — Contribuidor — 11 exemplares
Dark Sins, Dark Dreams: Crime in Science Fiction (1978) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1956 December, Vol. 13, No. 2 (1956) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Architects of Dreams: The SFWA Author Emeritus Anthology (2004) — Contribuidor — 9 exemplares
Monster brigade 3000 (1996) — Contribuidor — 8 exemplares
The Aliens (1976) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1959 August, Vol. 17, No. 6 (1959) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Invaders from space; ten stories of science fiction (1972) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Out of This World Adventures, July 1950 — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Time of Passage (1978) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
Galaxy Science Fiction 1957 September, Vol. 14, No. 5 (1957) — Contribuidor — 7 exemplares
I Can't Sleep at Night (1966) — Contribuidor — 6 exemplares
Det sidste spørgsmål og andre historier (1973) — Autor, algumas edições6 exemplares
Fantastic Universe January 1956 (1955) — Contribuidor — 5 exemplares
Worlds of Tomorrow (Berkley Books G-163) (1958) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Planet Stories 59, March 1953 — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
The Edward De Bono Science Fiction Collection (1976) — Contribuidor — 3 exemplares
Fantastic adventures. No. 112 (Oct. 1951) (1951) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Astounding Science Fiction 1952 June (British Edition) (1952) — Contribuidor — 2 exemplares
Otte Science Fiction Noveller — Autor, algumas edições2 exemplares
Den ¤elektriske myre og andre science fiction-fortællinger (1984) — Autor, algumas edições2 exemplares
Worlds Beyond, January 1951 (1951) — Contribuidor — 1 exemplar

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William Tenn is a science fiction writer who ought to be better known. He was an influential editor and a masterful short story writer with a sly, acerbic wit. Tenn is the pen name of Philip Klass. Klass wrote nonfiction under his own name and should not be confused with Philip J. Klass, who denied the existence of flying saucers. Though he lived until 2010, Tenn wrote most of his science fiction in the 1950s and ‘60s. He wrote only one novel, Of Men and Monsters (1968), that reads like an extended short story. It is a single-gimmick story in which humanity is conquered by giant aliens who quickly strip the planet of resources and move on to their next target. Human survivors must decide whether to go with them and occupy an ecological niche in alien culture similar to cockroaches in human culture. Many of the short stories in this omnibus collection have equally sardonic ideas.
Each story has an afterword by Tenn in which he explains what inspired it, how it was received, and what he thinks of it at the end of his career. He also provides the dates of composition and publication for each story—a practice that I wish more anthologists would adopt. “The Masculinist Revolt,” for example, was written in 1961, two years before Betty Friedan’s The Feminine Mystique, but not published until 1965. It describes a future in which men begin wearing codpieces as political symbols: “There are men people and women people—and what’s the difference anyway? They want something that does what the codpiece does, that tells them they are not people, they’re men!” Tenn says he lost an agent and friends of both sexes over the story—a woman called it a castration fantasy, and a man called it a manifesto. Tenn said the story was meant to be “gently but encompassingly satiric” in the manner of E. B. White. One editor at Playboy said he should expand the story into a novella for the magazine, but another editor sent the story back because he saw it as a satire aimed at the Playboy empire. Tenn concludes, “All right, maybe it’s not the stuff of immortality, but I still think it is pretty good and pretty funny.”
I would say the same for the entire collection.
… (mais)
 
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Tom-e | 1 outra crítica | Jan 11, 2024 |
Some crazy pulp with a weird and unexpected religious message adding to the general nuttery.
 
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3Oranges | 2 outras críticas | Jun 24, 2023 |
Classic science fiction about a young man’s coming of age in a post-alien invasion world.
 
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KelMunger | 2 outras críticas | Aug 28, 2022 |
I'm sitting here feeling I've almost (not quite, but very nearly) failed some sort of intelligence test with this book. Having completely missed the huge clue in its title, some distance in I was still thinking, 'Well, I like the oddness of this, but it doesn't seem to be going anywhere much' and it looked to be heading for a disappointing two stars.
   The set-up is this: after an invasion from space by gigantic aliens (called 'Monsters' throughout) what's left of humanity has been reduced to living in a maze of burrows and tunnels - scuttling to and fro behind the wainscotting so to speak - and risking their lives on expeditions out into Monster territory to steal food from the invaders' gigantic larders. The story itself follows raw initiate Eric the Only as he's transformed by his experiences into a resourceful leader; and, although actually published in 1968, it had a pleasantly nostalgic 1950s-or-so feel to it.
   It's a satire of course (the quote from Gulliver's Travels at the start was another Monster-sized clue I nearly missed). For 'men' read 'mice' and for 'monsters' read 'men' - the Monsters are us in disguise, while we are now the mice, annoying 'vermin' to be exterminated. 'See how you like it' is the theme, see how it feels to be a couple of inches tall and at the mercy of something a hundred times your size. And an alien invasion is a good metaphor for that: appearing as if out of nowhere (which, in evolutionary terms at least, H. sapiens certainly has), armed with incomprehensible weapons, suddenly here and taking over the whole world. The book does satirise other things too (religion for instance) but in essence it's about us humans seen from the terrifying perspective of a house mouse.
   So, in the end, I thoroughly enjoyed this novel as it climbed steadily all the way up to a solid four-star rating. I'm giving myself only one star though; I did get the point of Men and Monsters, did solve the maze and reach the cheese, but only (eek, eek!) by a whisker.
… (mais)
 
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justlurking | 12 outras críticas | Jul 4, 2021 |

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Membros
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Popularidade
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ISBN
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