Hang Sun Sun itibaren Pamoyanan, Cicendo, Bandung City, West Java, Endonezya
First read: * * * * * REREADING: * * * * A trifle wiseguyish. Some of them just seem to be excuses for dumb puns/jokes ("To Serve Man," "Not With a Bang," and maybe "Idiot Stick"). "Thing Of Beauty" also ends that way. All of which tends to trivialize and work against the verisimilitude he may have developed. On the plus side there's "Anachron"--also "Special Delivery" and "Cabin Boy." "You're Another" is practically Van Vogt and "Extempore" resembles Bradbury, in style anyway. "The Last Word" may be the only Adam and Eve story to work, and hence jump the cliche fence. He was trying to add an element of sophistication to sci-fi, but the problem is that that all too often means enfeeblement. 2ND REREADING: * * * * Comes off maybe a bit smirky and relying too much on jokiness (there's kind of the same problem you can have with Kornbluth, although Knight is less sardonic). But the style is very cool and urbane anyway...sort of like if John Collier or Roald Dahl wrote science fiction. 3RD REREADING: Whatever the merits of the individual stories, the book as a whole definitely has that Landmark Anthology feel (like with Varley's Persistence of Vision). As though the whole field took a sizable step forward with this new voice. The only story that arguably seemed a bit out of place here was "The Enemy" (possibly a bit too straightforward and traditional for the rest). And the only one where the ending came off too snide and in-jokish was "Thing of Beauty."