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CONTENTS The Clock That Went Backwards • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Balloon Tree • (1883) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Tachypomp • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Our War with Monaco • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell A Day Among the Liars • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Pain Epicures • (1878) • short CONTENTS The Clock That Went Backwards • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Balloon Tree • (1883) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Tachypomp • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Our War with Monaco • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell A Day Among the Liars • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Pain Epicures • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Shadow on the Fancher Twins • (1886) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Legendary Ship • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Flying Weathercock • (1884) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot • (1882) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Back from the Bourne • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell An Extraordinary Wedding • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Case of the Dow Twins • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Exchanging Their Souls • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Devilish Rat • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Terrible Voyage of the Toad • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Wonderful Corot • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Devil's Funeral • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Cave of the Splurgles • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell An Uncommon Sort of Spectre • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Inside of the Earth • (1876) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Soul Spectroscope • (1875) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Professor's Experiment • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Story of the Deluge • (1875) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Facts in the Ratcliff Case • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Old Squids and Little Speller • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Senator's Daughter • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Man Without a Body • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Ablest Man in the World • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Crystal Man • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Lost Giant of American Science Fiction-A Biographical Perspective • essay by Sam Moskowitz


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CONTENTS The Clock That Went Backwards • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Balloon Tree • (1883) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Tachypomp • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Our War with Monaco • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell A Day Among the Liars • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Pain Epicures • (1878) • short CONTENTS The Clock That Went Backwards • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Balloon Tree • (1883) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Tachypomp • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Our War with Monaco • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell A Day Among the Liars • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Pain Epicures • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Shadow on the Fancher Twins • (1886) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Legendary Ship • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Flying Weathercock • (1884) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot • (1882) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Back from the Bourne • (1874) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell An Extraordinary Wedding • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Case of the Dow Twins • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Exchanging Their Souls • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Devilish Rat • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Terrible Voyage of the Toad • (1878) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Wonderful Corot • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Devil's Funeral • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Cave of the Splurgles • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell An Uncommon Sort of Spectre • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Inside of the Earth • (1876) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Soul Spectroscope • (1875) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Professor's Experiment • (1880) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Story of the Deluge • (1875) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Facts in the Ratcliff Case • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Old Squids and Little Speller • (1885) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Senator's Daughter • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Man Without a Body • (1877) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Ablest Man in the World • (1879) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell The Crystal Man • (1881) • short story by Edward Page Mitchell Lost Giant of American Science Fiction-A Biographical Perspective • essay by Sam Moskowitz

30 review for The Crystal Man: Landmark Science Fiction

  1. 5 out of 5

    AhmEd ElsayEd

    عالم أنسجة جعل محور اهتمامه مقتصرًا حول تعديل المواد الصبغية في الجسم، بل وإزالتها بغرض الوصول لتجربة "الرجل الشفاف". الرجل الشفاف حلم قديم راود البشر، تجلي هذا الحلم في التراث الشعبي والروايات والقصص والأفلام. جدل كبير حول أخلاقية الأمر، من الناحية العلمية والأخلاقية، بل وحول أحقية العلم في اختراع هذا السلاح الخطير! عالم أنسجة جعل محور اهتمامه مقتصرًا حول تعديل المواد الصبغية في الجسم، بل وإزالتها بغرض الوصول لتجربة "الرجل الشفاف". الرجل الشفاف حلم قديم راود البشر، تجلي هذا الحلم في التراث الشعبي والروايات والقصص والأفلام. جدل كبير حول أخلاقية الأمر، من الناحية العلمية والأخلاقية، بل وحول أحقية العلم في اختراع هذا السلاح الخطير!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Christophe

    A very good collection, still readable today. Some of the stories stand comparison with those by HG Wells.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Ath

    Interesting

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ad Basset

    قصة قصيرة ممتعة و مدهشة كتبت بأسلوب مباشر و سلاسة في طرح الأحداث ووصف دقيق مختصر . نسخة مؤسسة هنداوي للكاتبة/المترجمة لبنى أحمد نور جد رائعة . بالطبع سيكون لي لقاء آخر مع إدوارد بيدج ميتشل لأنه بالفعل أديب مدهش و مميز.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Robert A.

    The stories within are very simply structured and run an average of about 10 pages in length. Most are somewhat boring and seem to me as satirical pieces valid in their day but very obtuse now. There were a few stories that did peak my interest though. These mentionable stories being: The Crystal Man, the Balloon Tree, the Facts in the Ratcliffe Case, An Uncommon Sort of Spectre, The Case of the Dow Twins, and An Extraordinary Wedding. The Crystal Man is only notable (aside from its potential his The stories within are very simply structured and run an average of about 10 pages in length. Most are somewhat boring and seem to me as satirical pieces valid in their day but very obtuse now. There were a few stories that did peak my interest though. These mentionable stories being: The Crystal Man, the Balloon Tree, the Facts in the Ratcliffe Case, An Uncommon Sort of Spectre, The Case of the Dow Twins, and An Extraordinary Wedding. The Crystal Man is only notable (aside from its potential historical significance) because its single twist, most of these tales have only a single twist near the end mind you, is just weird depending on the lone female character dumping the invisible man because he’s a freak thus prompting his suicide. The Balloon Tree is just weird, a group of men track through the jungle in the hopes of discovering a semi-mythical tree and one becomes lost only to lose consciousness and wake up back at the beach with his comrades who had given up the search and hope. Together they see the balloon tree floating away off in the distance. The Facts in the Ratcliffe Case involves some lady with a poisonous or drugging gaze but the real centerpiece here is a scene in an 1880’s medical theater involving an old woman’s calcified knee, utterly gross but definitely worth the read. I truly wish all of these stories had a scene like that; they would have been much improved. An Uncommon Sort of Spectre is definitely interesting and deals with a strange conversation about the logistics of ghosts from the future. The Case of the Dow Twins was readable, it was okay overall and involves a mysterious spiritual/mental link between a good and evil twin type thing. An Extraordinary Wedding was definitely interesting with its single twist at the very end and made for a fun a little capper to this odd story involving spirit mediums and an art exhibit. What I really did not like about this book was the tedious introductory essay. The Biographical Perspective by Sam Moskowitz was 63 pages long and really did not have much to do with Edward Page Mitchell until the last dozen pages only mentioning him briefly at the beginning and about halfway through. It was very uninteresting throwing out names and dates rapid-fire style especially near the beginning. To be honest, you can skip it unless you really, really have to know some basic details about Edward Page Mitchell and the place his work occupies in the bigger picture of early American science fiction according to Moskowitz. I would not really recommend this book but for maybe experiencing the roots of science fiction and weird tales. However, The Facts in the Ratcliffe Case should be read just to experience that medical theater scene which is more akin to a straight gothic horror tale. Was it worth reading in the first place? I think so. It definitely felt different from most things I’ve read but that could be due to the stories’ origin as 100-year old newspaper filler.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mahmoud Moftah

    أن تكون غير مرئياً لرُبما هي قدره خارقه يطمح الكثيرين في إمتلاكها ولكن هنا في تلك القصه هي نِقمَه علي صَاحبها ! بناءاً علي تجاربي الثلاث السابقه مع الكاتب كان لدي إنطباع دائم بـ "الملل" والذي بإمكاني الأن تغييرُه بكل ثقه فالقصه هُنا شبه مُكتمله العناصِر (الفكره) والقليل من المتعه والفلسفه مع سَرد جيد ، أظنها واحده من أفضل ما كتبْ أن تكون غير مرئياً لرُبما هي قدره خارقه يطمح الكثيرين في إمتلاكها ولكن هنا في تلك القصه هي نِقمَه علي صَاحبها ! بناءاً علي تجاربي الثلاث السابقه مع الكاتب كان لدي إنطباع دائم بـ "الملل" والذي بإمكاني الأن تغييرُه بكل ثقه فالقصه هُنا شبه مُكتمله العناصِر (الفكره) والقليل من المتعه والفلسفه مع سَرد جيد ، أظنها واحده من أفضل ما كتبْ

  7. 4 out of 5

    Monishan'

    مقاله قصصية خفيفه عجيبه 😄

  8. 5 out of 5

    Steve Joyce

    Lost Giant of American Science Fiction - A Biographical Perspective by Sam Moskowitz 5+ (excellent, exhaustive write-up that's almost worth tracking this book down by itself) The Crystal Man 5+ The Balloon Tree 4+ The Ablest Ma in the World 5 The Tachypomp 4 The Man Without a Body 5 The Clock That Went Backward 4 The Senator's Daughter 5 Old Squids and Little Speller 5+ The Facts in the Ratcliff Case 5 The Story of the Deluge 5+ The Professor's Experiment 4 The Soul Spectroscope 4 The Inside of the Earth 4 An Lost Giant of American Science Fiction - A Biographical Perspective by Sam Moskowitz 5+ (excellent, exhaustive write-up that's almost worth tracking this book down by itself) The Crystal Man 5+ The Balloon Tree 4+ The Ablest Ma in the World 5 The Tachypomp 4 The Man Without a Body 5 The Clock That Went Backward 4 The Senator's Daughter 5 Old Squids and Little Speller 5+ The Facts in the Ratcliff Case 5 The Story of the Deluge 5+ The Professor's Experiment 4 The Soul Spectroscope 4 The Inside of the Earth 4 An Uncommon Sort of Spectre 5 The Cave of the Splurgles 5 The Devil's Funeral 5 The Wonderful Corot 4 The Terrible Voyage of the Toad 5+ (especially hit my funny bone) The Devilish Rat 4 Exchanging Their Souls 5 The Case of the Dow Twins 5 An Extraordinary Wedding 3 Back From That Bourne 4 The Last Cruise of the Judas Iscariot 5 The Flying Weathercock 3 The Legendary Ship 3 The Shadow on the Fancher Twins 3 The Pain Epicures 4 A Day Among the Liars 5+ Our War With Monaco 4

  9. 5 out of 5

    TrumanCoyote

    I think my favorite of all is possibly "The Devil's Funeral." Quite a boggling bit, that. [FIRST READING: * * * Generally fun. The guy is pretty stylistic and has a good sense of humor (like it said in the intro). A regretable tendency to give symbolic Bunyanesque names to people. Like with 19th century science fiction, the technological breakthrough is usually the point of the story--whereas later it just became the background for the people involved. Achieves his most intriguing mind-spanning ef I think my favorite of all is possibly "The Devil's Funeral." Quite a boggling bit, that. [FIRST READING: * * * Generally fun. The guy is pretty stylistic and has a good sense of humor (like it said in the intro). A regretable tendency to give symbolic Bunyanesque names to people. Like with 19th century science fiction, the technological breakthrough is usually the point of the story--whereas later it just became the background for the people involved. Achieves his most intriguing mind-spanning effect with "The Pain Epicures," I think--more than just a framework for some new theory. Since the guy wrote for newspapers, his stuff is pretty topical in places.]

  10. 4 out of 5

    Howard

    This collection of short sci-fi stories starts out strong, but the latter tales are almost redundant and quite bizarre. To my cousin Eddie: you would definitely enjoy the early stories here, and appreciate Mitchell's creativity - his stories about an invisible man and time travel preceded H. G. Wells by six years. Anyone who enjoys science fiction should pick up a copy if they can find it. This collection of short sci-fi stories starts out strong, but the latter tales are almost redundant and quite bizarre. To my cousin Eddie: you would definitely enjoy the early stories here, and appreciate Mitchell's creativity - his stories about an invisible man and time travel preceded H. G. Wells by six years. Anyone who enjoys science fiction should pick up a copy if they can find it.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Liviu Szoke

  12. 5 out of 5

    محمد يعقوب

  13. 5 out of 5

    Phaedrav

  14. 5 out of 5

    Mez

  15. 5 out of 5

    أسامة وسيم

  16. 5 out of 5

    Andreea

  17. 4 out of 5

    Brett

  18. 5 out of 5

    Tanasescu

  19. 5 out of 5

    Irina Currant

  20. 4 out of 5

    Fernando Alvarez

  21. 5 out of 5

    Skye

  22. 4 out of 5

    ghoniem ahmed

  23. 4 out of 5

    Nic Burns

  24. 5 out of 5

    أمل يعقوب Amal Yaqoob

  25. 5 out of 5

    Adrian Kozłowski

  26. 4 out of 5

    Ralu

  27. 4 out of 5

    Timothy

  28. 4 out of 5

    Raquel

  29. 5 out of 5

    غلا

  30. 5 out of 5

    Michael Grogan

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