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Contents Introduction Fat Isaac Asimov Sylvester S Revenge Vance Aandahl Fat Farm Orson Scott Card The Stretch Sam Merwin, Jr Camels And Dromedaries, Clem RA Lafferty The Champ T Coraghessan Boyle The Truth About Pyecraft HG Wells The Iron Chancellor Robert Silverberg The Man Who Ate The World Frederik Pohl Gladys S Gregory John Anthony West Abercrombie Station Jack Vance Shipping Clerk William Morrison The Malted Milk Monster William Tenn The Food Farm Kit Reed The Artist Of Hunger Scott Russell Sanders Quitters, Inc Stephen King

10 thoughts on “The Science Fiction Weight Loss Book

  1. says:

    I read this a while ago and vaguely remembered really liking it, and clearly remembered LOVING The Iron Chancellor I finally found a used copy to re read.Thoughts now Isaac Asimov starts off the collection with an introductory essay briefly covering the science and history of fat in that oh so dry way he was so good at that makes me wish he on top of the million things he actually did had also made history documentaries a la David Starkey style Sylvester s Revenge by Vance Aandahl It s like The Island of Dr Moreau but with fat rather than animal parts Points for evil scientist gender equality Fat Farm by Orson Scott Card The seeds are sown here for Sci Fi stories other authors would write decades later like Altered Carbon as it deals with copying and pasting memories into upgraded clones, as well as the rather awkward question of what to do with unwanted extras.Stretch by Sam Merwin, Jr Since we re dealing with weight and mass, why not throw in dimension as well Think Flatlands meets Mad Men, with all the sexism that implies.Camels and dromedaries, Clem by R.A Lafferty This was only tangentially related to the anthology theme and too weird to be interesting.The Champ by T Coraghessan Boyle While the framing device of boxing was entertaining, real life eating competitions have far outstripped the speculation here.The Truth About Pyecraft by H.G Wells Oh Victorian Sci Fi You so racist The Iron Chancellor by Robert Silverberg Now this is some good old fashioned Atomicpunk Bring on the gadgets and gizmos and G rated family dramas Oh Silverberg, you silver fox, you can trap me in the kitchen anytime This is hands down the best in the collection and the most on point.The Man Who Ate The World by Frederik Pohl Pohl brilliantly puts his fingers on the pulse in that not only has rich become thin and poor become fat, but in our society the rich have become able to be Spartan with their possessions and the poor have become overwhelmed with a need for too much stuff, partly to keep certain economic systems going But instead of a larger dystopia, we focus on what this does to a child s mind, and the consequences for everyone.Gladys s Gregory by John Anthony West Well that was weird Can t decide if it was sexist or subversive Either way weird Like The Lottery but with weigh ins and trophies question mark Abercrombie Station by Jack Vance To flip the standards of pretty and ugly isn t a new idea, but it s used well here However, Jean s 180 flip from flint hearted dame to crying damsel was either a brilliant portrayal of how people are complicated or a very clumsily handled attempt at in depth characterization I really can t say which.Shipping Clerk by William Morrison Interesting to see what a long shadow the Great Depression cast on everything, even Sci Fi of later eras.The Malted Milk Monster by William Tenn The creepy kid with super powers pops up all over the place especially Star Trek but I liked the Madison Ave pop psych angle the writing of this era came with.The Food Farm by Kit Reed Ummm, I don t really get the musician part of the story, and all the rest would be done better in later stories that tackle the revolt against the system idea.The Artist of Hunger by Scott Russell Sanders Oh boy does this ever predict the present of advertising bombardment and the fat thin cycle being sold everywhere right now.Quitters, Inc by Stephen King Well, it s Stephen King, so it s scary and the characters are f cked up and I was completely sucked in and horrified at the same time Not sure it qualifies as Sci Fi, but obviously still a well written story to end the collection on.Overall, I don t think these boys pushed the theme far enough Real life has long since overtaken most of these stories, but it was a fairly entertaining fruit salad of ideas.Speaking of which please read this for a hilarious look into the culture these writers were coming from

  2. says:

    I m giving this anthology 4 stars practically just on the strength of the story Fat Farm by Orson Scott Card I read this than 30 years ago and still remember it I recall it being a strong collection overall, though with stories by Asimov, Steven King, H.G Wells, and T Coraghessan Boyle to boot Asimov dug deep for this anthology.

  3. says:

    Boa ideia mas na pr tica n o convence muito Os contos s o desiguais e a tradu o deplor vel Vale pela introdu o do Asimov que bastante ir nica e t pica do mestre

  4. says:

    Thinly conceived ha , this anthology has yielded stories that are silly and antiquated The Stretch , banal genre fare Quitters, Inc , pretentious and insubstantial Boyle and Lafferty s contributions , and the single most monstrously stupid story I have ever read Vance Aandahl s awful, stupid and worthless Sylvester s Revenge , which has got to be the dumbest piece of shit ever submitted for publishing your auntie s Scrubs fan fiction is better literature There may be winners I have not yet delved into, but I thought Orson Scott Card s story was good.

  5. says:

    Yes, George R.R Martin did once collaborate with Asimov on editing a book You might win a bet in a con suite with that trivia question It s something of an unusual and uneven collection good stories by Orson Scott Card, Frederik Pohl, and Kit Reed the H.G Wells was an interesting curiosity there s a nice story by Stephen King, though an excerpt from Thinner would have been a better choice.

  6. says:

    A dated but still relevant collection of amusing, horrific, satisfying, and boring short stories on fat with a science fiction backdrop.

  7. says:

    Something I would not normally be drawn to read but ended up really enjoying it Reminds me to stay open to all genres of fiction.

  8. says:

    12 15 86 No library.