The Best of Murray Leinster

Murray Leinster
The Best of Murray Leinster Cover

The Best of Murray Leinster


Murray Leinster, aka Will F Jenkins, wrote and published more than 1,500 short stories and articles. These stories include a retro-Hugo winner and several that were made into radio plays and sci-fi television episodes. A very good collection overall.

Favorite stories include "A Logic Named Joe" - a story about computer A.I. from 1947; "First Contact" - which doesn't just use but explains a "universal translator" decades before Star Trek; "Sidewise in Time" - time travel by driving down the street. The final story, "Critical Difference", says more about catastrophic climate change than most books today.

In fact, I didn't see a bad story in this collection, which is after all, "The Best of". Really glad I dug into the work of this prolific golden age author, and hope to read more soon. For an impulse buy thrown in my car to pass the time, this has provided huge returns.