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MIf you re a fan of old HSFF pulps then you seriously need this book in your library Most of the stories in this collection were written IN THE 1940S BUT THEY HAVE the 1940s but they have remarkably well for science fiction Often the most dated bits are the incidental depictions of contemporary life Did all married couples have cocktails very How To Tempt A Tycoon Savage Tales 5 Invitation To Eden 24 evening before dinner It s tempting to speculate about Kuttner and Moore the husband and wife team that collaborated on these stories Many of these tales share an underlying ambivalence about the future and about technology No fewer than three of the stories are about parents who are left behind when their children suddenly leapfrog stages of humanvolution These include Kuttner and Moore s most famous story Mimsy Were the Borogroves the basis for the recent film The Last Mimzy in which toys from the future rewire a young boy and girl s brains Some of the best other stories No Woman Born Vintage Season and Daemon also directly touch upon this theme of alienation from the future Two of my favorites Clash by Night and The Big Night involve protagonists who must Secrets In The Fire explicitly choose between a romanticized past and the civilized future It s a shame that this collection received such a limited print run since it demonstrates uite compellingly the remarkable ability of Kuttner and Moore to combine their talents to produce SF that remains relevantven after half
a century 40 stars I have not read all stories in this collection so this review is only for the century 40 stars I have not read all the stories in this collection so this review is only for the listed below I will continue to supplement as a read of themShambleau by C L Moore the first published work of C L Moore this story made her an instant star It begins as a fairly standard story of a classic SF rogue adventurer and then slowly changes into something darker and almost lovecraftian. Y Lewis Padgett 243 • When the Bough Breaks • 1944 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 271 • The Cure • 1946 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 285 • The Code • 1945 • novelette by C L Moore as by Lawrence O'Donnell 331 • Line to Tomorrow • 1945 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 345 • Clash by Night • Keeps • 1 • 1943 • novella by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lawrence O'Donnell 407 • Ghost • 1943 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner425 • The Proud Robot • Gallegher • 1943 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 463 • Nothing But Gingerbread Left • 1943 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 483 • No Woman Born • 1944 • novelette by C L Moore533 • Housing Problem • 1944 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 549 • What You Need • 1945 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 565 • Absalom • 1946 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 581 • Call Him Demon • 1946 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Keith Hamm. The title piece Two Handed Engine is a hauntingly wonderful tale of justice guilt and conscience in a post apocalyptic society It s justice as administered coldly and Fast And Easy Emotional Trauma And Ptsd Treatment efficiently by all knowing unfeeling robots known as the Furies seemingly for the protection and survival of mankindSomeday man would rediscover sin Without it he had come near to perishingntirely With it he might resume his authority over himself and the race of mechanized servants who were helping him to restore his species But until that day the Furies would have to stalk the streets man s conscience in metal guise imposed by the machines man created a long time ago It s arguable but not by much Kuttner and Moore are the greatest married author team The Marvel Super Heroes Guide Book ever There are very few stories in this volume that didn txcite me I could list the best but I d probably list about 95% of the stories in here Here are a few favorites The Twonky which I d watched the movie before reading the book Very interesting differences Compliments of the Author is one of the best stories in this book One man vs a diabolical cat with a magical book as his only weapon It s a lot of fun Mimsy Were the Borogoves is a wonderful and dark tale Reader I Hate You is I hope based on a true story Interesting to see Kuttner and
Finlay as in this pulp tale By These Presents is a wonderful soul selling to the devil story To hell with it I m still listing all of these stories But I will say that my absolute favorites feature the mad drunken scientist Gallegher In fits of drunkenness he invents crazy things like time machines and narcissistic robots but when he sobers up he has no idea how or why he created them He has to get hammered again to rely on drunk memory in order to solve these mysteries for monetary gain and sometimes his own freedo. Two Handed Engine is the largest collection of science fiction and fantasy by Henry Kuttner CL Moore ver published It features a frontispiece by Richard Powers and an introduction by the book’s ditor David Curtis The stories ranging from across their Mountain Man Mountain Man 1 entire career include Shambleau The Graveyard Rats Mimsy Were the Borogoves Vintage Season Private Eye and Contents7 • Introduction Two Handed Engine • 2005 •ssay by David Curtis9 • Shambleau • Northwest Smith • 1933 • novelette by C Lvirgil finlay as
Moore39 • The Graveyard Rats • 1936 • Shortstory By• The Graveyard Rats • 1936 • shortstory by Kuttner47 • A Gnome There Was • 1941 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 75 • The Twonky • 1942 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 99 • Compliments of the Author • 1942 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 137 • Mimsy Were the Borogoves • 1943 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 173 • Shock • 1943 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 191 • Reader I Hate You • 1943 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner207 • The World Is Mine • Gallegher • 1943 • novelette by Henry Kuttner as ,
In tone with a very #good and subtle nding The Graveyard Rats The first published story by Henry Kuttner this #and subtle nding The Graveyard Rats The first published story by Henry Kuttner this a classic horror story very much in the mold of a lovecraft story with whom Kuttner was a freuent correspondent Creepy scary and well written A Gnome there was one of the first collaborations between Moore and Kuttner this is a much lighter tale but well written and very funny with a good Their Words Are Music ending Verynjoyable Two Handed Engine The Selected Stories of Henry Kuttner and C L Moore
a collection some of the best of the science fiction stories written by that incredible husband wife writing team Together they were indeed a two handed writing Manikam Kalbu engine which during the 18 years of their marriage turned out some of the finest science fiction of the 20th century much of it seamless collaborations between the two of them Though they were incredibly far ahead of their time sadly today many of their stories have fallen out of print This massive volumedited and with an introduction by David Curtis is a successful attempt to rectify thatIn these stories strange bedfellows manage to form successful partnerships the far future time travel space travel robots aliens and alternate and many dimensional universes happily wed to the occult the supernatural and the macabre They include such timeless stories as Shambleau Call Him Demon and Dark Angel along with the powerful No Woman Born and Vintage Season and unclassifiable classics such as Mimsy Were the Borogrove and Nothing But Gingerbread Left And all 38 of them make for some of the greatest reading pleasure anyone has ver foundBoth authors died years ago Henry Kuttner April 7 1915 February 4 1958 in 1958 C L Moore January 24 1911 April 4 1987 in 1987 but they live on through their writings and a solid base of avid readers of their wor. Ond 607 • Daemon • 1946 • shortstory by C L Moore633 • Vintage Season • 1946 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lawrence O'Donnell 681 • The Dark Angel • 1946 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 697 • Before I Wake • 1945 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner variant of Before I Wake 715 • Exit the Professor • Hogben • 2 • 1947 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 731 • The Big Night • 1947 • novelette by Henry Kuttner as by Hudson Hastings 763 • A Wild Surmise • 1953 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore775is a collection
• Don't Look NowDon't Look Now 1948 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner789 • Private Eye • 1949 • novelette by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Lewis Padgett 821 • By These Presents • 1953 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner835 • Home Is the Hunter • 1953 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore847 • Or Else • 1953 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore as by Henry Kuttner 857 • Year Day • 1953 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner871 • A Cross of Centuries • 1958 • shortstory by Henry Kuttner885 • Two Handed Engine • 1955 • novelette by C L Moore and Henry Kuttne.