Books: Sensible SF?

GREAT STORIES OF SCIENCE FICTION (321 pp.) — Edited by Murray Leinster—Random House ($2.95).

An old hand at writing science fiction once described the formula: first get your characters into a mess, then grab a handful of electrons and get them out of it. In the opinion of Murray Leinster (real name: Will F. Jenkins), dean of U.S. science fictioneers, the formula has been badly overworked. He is tired of galactic worlds, space ships, bug-eyed monsters and the few thousand rabid fans who cry for them. Along with most book publishers, he would like to see "SF" go respectable, or at least...

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