A collection of short stories by a variety of authors about children with one common characteristic--they are all mutants....
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Young Mutants Reviews
This is part of the young readers series of Asimov editor anthologies which in this case follows the theme of mutants. There are so very well known and established authors who have works in this book. And as such now as then I think its a brilliant showcase on what genre can create and offer in so few pages. I know I will never be an author but it does not stop me respecting and admiring what they can do and short stories to me - is the pinnacle of their creative art.
It's a little hard to judge this as a young adult anthology, as I first read it as full adult. But still, Young Mutants is very good and I think I'd recommend it to just about anyone.My favorite stories from this anthology include: "Keep Out" by Fredric Brown, because human egocentrism is such a very dangerous thing; "I Can't Help Saying Goodbye" by Ann Mackenzie, the single best story here and not just because of the total lack of punctuation; "The Children's Room" by Raymond F. Jones, only partially because of the mysterious library books; and "The Lost Language" by David H. Keller,M.D., for such a lovely declaration of love."The Wonder Horse" by George Byram is another of my favorites, but I'd read it before in the Horses anthology, and I have a hard time thinking of it as a mutant story instead of as a horse story, even though it is decidedly both.I love the range of stories that Asimov et al. selected for this anthology. As with the Young Extraterrestrials anthology, which was the first in this Young anthology set that I've read, the stories that make up this anthology were not written by direct request. While Young Mutants was published in the early 1980s, the stories themselves were first published in the 30s, 40s, 50s, and 70s. Asimov has really selected the best stories along the mutant theme to include here.Favorite typo: "couln't" [p. 162, ISBN 0060201568:]
A collection of short stories by a variety of authors about children with one common characteristic--they are all mutants.My favorite story was "He Who Hath Wings" about a young man born with hollow bones, like a bird, and who had large wings on his back. A sad story about acceptance, he would try hard to fit in. He would cut his wings so he wouldn't have to hide them. When he finally grew up to be a young man, he returned to the home of his birth where his mother reminded him that he must not deny who he is. With this he climbed upstairs to his old room, opened the window, remembering his life thus far, spread his wings, and flew away.The young boy who was hundreds of years old, just trying to live a normal life, but new he would have to move whenever he ran into someone from his past who recognized how he hadn't aged a day...
I'm glad to see that this book is still around, it's great for any age group and each story is really original in its own way. The most memorable for me was "I Can't Help Saying Goodbye' (which was adapted into a Tales From the Darkside episode in the Eighties). And what isn't cool about imagining being able to have the powers that the kids in this book have? Being able to predict the future, telekinesis, etc. are just a few of the things featured in this anthology. Young Mutants is great to take on a camping trip or a car ride, it's full of short stories rather than focusing too much on one long one.
The quality of this collection really caught me off guard. There are only two big-name writers, Ray Bradbury and John Brunner, but almost every story is great. It reminded me of being twelve and choosing my own books at the library for the first time. If you're feeling nostalgic for Golden Age science fiction, you should definitely check it out.
i think my book was a very unique group of short stories. they teach you about different morals of life
I thought this book was just amazing! My teacher said it was a classic which I just thought was really cool.
self-imposed obligatory sci-fi read