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Longer form writing these stories show a gifted wordsmith working at the height of her talentsContents • Judgment Night • • novel by C L Moore • Paradise Street • • novella by C L Moore • Promised Land • • novelette by C L Moore • The Code • • novelette by C L Moore • Heir Apparent • • novelette by C L Moo. Did you know one of the most famous pulp science fiction writers was a woman Me either Surely I had to give her work a shot Judgment Night was an inventive concept that was mediocre in execution A fierce warrior woman faces down a bitter rival that makes her tingly Except she's not fierce she's a spoiled almost heartless archetype whose alleged fierceness is undermined by for example her inexplicable horror at being merely carried somewhere against her will As a reader I felt significant cognitive dissonance between who the author was telling me Juille was and how she was behaving I just didn't think she was a cohesive or believable characterAs for the writing the prose is mediocre and the fantastical elements lose their shine when they consist of page after repetitive page There is one ostensibly tense chasefight scene that went on for so long my eyes glazed over Juille's weird portal gun is only cool for like three of the twenty times she uses itBut the heart of the story is there buried beneath the want of a good editor and it pushed me to finish I thought the ending surprisingly sophisticated for such a simple set up yet that too disappointed This was a book that pitched itself as romantic and ended in deep cynicism about human nature Thus it seemed thematically inconsistent I wish as much care was given to other parts of the story as were given to the final momentsMy hat's off to Moore for writing pulp science fiction in an era when that gig was a man's game but that's where my respect begins and ends

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Judgment Night A Selection of Science FictionThis limited edition facsimile reprint volume A Selection MOBI #242 is a complete reproduction of the original first edition published by Gnome Press in and includes a full color dust jacket protective slipcase and biographical information about the author Four different worlds Five different tales of conflict and discovery All of them. Classic Science Fiction Judgment Night is a 1952 work of classic science fiction by Catherine Moore who most freuently published under the name CL Moore but along with her science fiction writing husband Henry Kuttner wrote under numerous pseudonyms such as Lewis Padgett Like many writers of her generation who wrote for the pulps there may even be stories out there of hers for which she has yet to be credited such we’re the multiplicity of names used Moore was a pioneering giant for female science fiction writers a fact partially obscured by her writing under the CL Byline Judgment Night was originally published in 1952 and the edition I read was 199 pages and contained only this story However there are other editions out there with the same title which are nearly twice as long and also contain three or four novellas Thus reviews will often refer to Judgment Night as a collectionIt is science fiction with a war between two competing intergalactic empires being the focal point It also contains the science fiction element of numerous technologically advanced ray guns It stands apart though because it focuses on a female lead character fairly unusual for science fiction of that era which was often a man’s domain And Juille is described as an a warlike daughter of an emperor who will brook no insult from the would be invaders Also despite the Romeo and Juliet aspect note how Juille is like Juliet Juille has an awkward uncomfortableness with her attraction for the prince of the opposing galaxy Also there are whole dreamlike seuences in the story which are like drops into alternate realities and Moore’s prose doesn’t do much to ground those seuences And for those of you who think virtual reality is a new thing think again Moore practically invented the whole idea of virtual reality in a Disneyland like planetoid where even royalty can go and relax and lose themselves in fantasies Often Judgment Night can feel like a fantasy piece than hard science fiction with ancient temples and spirits and voices booming out of the jungle secret passages and palace intrigueOverall a most interesting and unusual work

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Download Judgment Night A Selection of Science Fiction 107 Ü ❮Read❯ ➪ Judgment Night A Selection of Science Fiction Author C.L. Moore – Insolpro.co.uk This limited edition facsimile reprint volume is a complete reproduction of the original first edition published by Gnome Press in 1952 and includes a full The uniue visions of science fiction master CL Moore presented here in her first published book Judgment Night Released in from Gnome Press Judgment Night collects five Moore novellas from the pages of editor John W Campbell Judgment Night ePUB #187 Jr's Astounding Science Fiction magazine Chosen by the author herself as the best of her. One of the numerous kerfuffles in the SFF field last year came when some dinosaur or other wrote a post about women destroying science fiction by mixing in ugh relationships and all that suashy stuff As is so often the case it triggered a creative reaction in the form of a Kickstarter for a special women destroy science fiction issue of one of the pro magazines Well as this book shows women have been destroying science fiction for a good long time now and doing it very well These stories date from the 1950s and when I compare them to some of the stories from the same period written by men there's an extra element an extra depth of personal and emotional significance that I usually think of as a product of the New Wave that came a decade later To overgeneralise genre fiction tends to have a lot of external action and less focus on the significance of that action while literary fiction is the other way around Moore brings both together and each of these stories has both aspects events that form a plot and another layer of significance laid over the topThe first story from which the title comes would almost work as fantasy It's a galactic empire story but the planets could eually well be countries especially since the only one described in detail has only one climate for the whole planet like Hoth or Dagobah and for the most part the technology could eually well be magic Some of the weapons though work better as technology and they're fairly important to the plot It's an almost Shakespearian tragedy a kind of reverse Romeo and Juliet in which the main characters' relationship fails to bring their factions together in part because they aren't ready to commit to it fully or at least she isn't The oracle character tells the female protagonist that she will make the wrong choice because her instincts are wrong and those instincts have been trained away from emotional connection in the direction of war The woman in other words has become like a man and this leads to tragedy not only for her and her lover but for all their people Paradise Street the second story is very much a space Western but again it has a depth and significance which lies in the relationships between the characters The loner protagonist because of his hatred of how his beloved frontier world is becoming settled and his livelihood is passing rejects and even betrays his friends but is ultimately rescued from his bad decisions because they refuse to give up on him The third story Promised Land is also driven by passion but this time it's a man's passion for justice He's the chosen heir of the genetically modified tyrant of Ganymede his patron has deliberately sent him to the school of hard knocks and yet he retains connection and compassion for the Ganymedans He's the other half of his patron the part that fights for others at cost to himself The fourth story The Code was I felt the weakest of the collection It reminds me most of Poe particularly The Facts in the Case of M Valdemar largely because of the use of a completely unrealistic version of hypnosis as a key plot point It's thick with overlong passages of baseless sciencebabble which for me obscure and distract from the not particularly strong premise a man's elderly father receives treatment to reverse his ageing and starts turning into someone else from another time track Moore draws on her literary background and weaves in comparisons to the Faust legend I still wouldn't call it a bad story but it's not as good as the others and could have benefited from being shorterThe final story Heir Apparent is in the same setting as Promised Land genetically modified humans are colonising the solar system That's not what it's about though It's about a kind of almost mystical gestalt that groups of people use to solve problems mediated by a machine and what happens when some of those men are expelled from the gestalt and have to cope in the outside world Hypnosis features again this time preventing two men from killing each other The outward events have to do with a political struggle but the inner significance is to do with how human thought and human values must interact with even the greatest machine It's not as good as the first three stories I felt but works better than the fourth I read the ebook edition from Singularity Co I really wish they would run a spell check after they scan and OCR because virtually all of the errors I spotted in it could have been picked up by one It's frustrating to be distracted from an otherwise fine book because of a scanning error that could have been easily corrected