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Immodest proposals : the complete science fiction of William Tenn
Tenn, William, 1920-2010.
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William Tenn, the pseudonym of Philip Klass, was born in London, England on May 9, 1920. He grew up in Brooklyn, New York and served as a combat engineer in the United States Army during World War II. After leaving the Army, he worked as a technical editor with an Air Force radar and radio laboratory and was employed by Bell Labs. He taught English and comparative literature at Penn State University for 24 years.

He wrote academic articles, essays, one novel entitled Of Men and Monsters, and more than 60 short stories including Child's Play, Venus and the Seven Sexes, Down Among the Dead Men, The Liberation of Earth, Time in Advance, and On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi. He received the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999. He died of congestive heart failure on February 7, 2010 at the age of 89.

(Bowker Author Biography)

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Booklist Review

The first of two planned volumes reprints 33 pieces from one of the finest bodies of short sf and fantasy. William Tenn (nePhilip Klass) himself contributes historically valuable afterwords, but the stories, most of them satirical, stand extremely well on their own. Some standouts: "Alexander the Bait," which satirizes greed and space flight; "Down among the Dead Men," a better take on cloning than most of its subsequent rivals for 46 years; "The Liberation of Earth" and "Generation of Noah," both antiwar classics and good stories; "The Masculinist Revolt," which, well ahead of its time, concerned sex roles, better than most of the competition since; and "On Venus Have We Got a Rabbi," which avoids stereotypes while tackling religion. Another invaluable addition to NESFA's catalog of classic sf collections. Librarians, stock up. --Roland Green

Library Journal Review

Whether dealing with aliens ("Firewater,"), time travel ("Time in Advance") or investigating one of the many other sf themes, the 33 stories in this collection, the first of two volumes, demonstrates Tenn's vibrant talent and broad scope. An introduction by Connie Willis sets the tone, while accompanying notes by the author reveal insights into the creative mind at work. A good addition to sf and short fiction collections. [The two volumes will include all the stories that appeared in his collections published by Allentine in the 1950s and 1960s. Ed.] (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.