Books: Rifts in the Moonscapes

JULES VERNE: MASTER OF SCIENCE FICTION (236 pp.)—Edited by I. O. Evans—Rinehart ($3).

THE YEAR'S GREATEST SCIENCE-FICTION & FANTASY (320 pp.)—Edited by Judith Merril—Dell (35¢)

Science-fiction has an honored tradition. It arises out of the craving for fantasy that has inspired writers since literature began; its space-time worlds and grisly "Things" are cousins to Homer's magical islands of monsters. But the old fictions made little pretense of being scientific (when Jonathan Swift gave Mars two satellites, he had little idea that his little joke would be proved true in the following century). Only...

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