"Human Characters and an Exciting Plot!" wrote Isaac Asimov. Here in one big eBook are the three classic Tumithak novels--including the rare, never reprinted final Tumithak story, "Tumithak and the Towers of Fire," which is normally unobtainable as it appeared in the same 1942 Super-Science Stories as Ray Bradbury's first story (an issue which typically sells for $3000--$6000!). Now you can read all three of these keystone science fiction classics. Tumithak first appeared in the pages of a 1931 Amazing Stories. It made a big impression on the youthful Isaac Asimov, who later described it as "far and away the best and most exciting story I had ever read up to that time. I found the characters human and the hero all the more admirable because he could feel fear. I found the plot exciting and a deep humanity in the sentence 'Tumithak had to learn that in no matter what nation or age one finds oneself, he will find gentleness, if he looks, as well as savagery.'" Asimov also credited Tumithak of the Corridors' for inspiring his own description of the underground city of the future in Caves of Steel. Although the science fiction has become far more sophisticated since the era in which Tanner and others were first consciously exploring its limitless possibilities, it still remains a masterpiece of pace, culture-building, and, dare we say it, sense of wonder. Where as Asimov praised the sequel, "Tumithak in Shawm," for its "amazing realism!" Asimov raved, "I continue to be amazed at Tanner's realism. In the battle between the Mog and the woman, there was no last-minute rescue of the woman or any last-minute conversion of the Mog. The battle between human beings and the sheiks remained with me, of course, and influenced me in my description of the battle (on a large scale) between human beings and the Lhasinu in 'Black Friar of the Flames.'--I found the characters human and the hero all the more admirable because he could feel fear." Plus the legendary unobtainable "Tumithak and the Towers of Fire"--which even Asimov never read! Spelling errors have been corrected in this new, improved editions which features a short introduction about the author and book.
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Published April 15, 2009
Science Fiction & Fantasy, Literature & Fiction.