Bio: Harry Bates (1900-1981) probably had no idea he was penning a story that would become a legend and spawn one of the most celebrated science fiction movies of all time when in 1940 he wrote "Farewell to the Master," which would be filmed a decade later as The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951). Bates was probably just attempting to write a well-told, thought-provoking story that would captivate science fiction readers and bring him a check from his editor by return mail. That he succeeded beyond his wildest dreams is no surprise, for Bates already had a series of now classic science fiction tales to his credit. As the creator and first editor of Astounding, the second science fiction magazine to emerge from the pulps (and today renamed Analog), he had, with collaborator and assistant editor Desmond W. Hall, written the infamous Hawk Carse stories, which helped redefine sf from the stodgy, almost academic presentation it had developed in Hugo Gernsback's pioneering Amazing Stories into a fast-moving, vividly colorful art form that piled wonder on wonder and adventurous incident on adventurous incident. Bates, who had begun Astounding in 1930, left it when the magazine was sold in 1933 to freelance, and his writing had grown up with the field, under the tenure of Astounding's next two editors, F. Orlin Tremaine and then John W. Campbell, a man of such vision that during the first three years of his assuming control of the magazine he discovered almost every major writer who dominated the field over the next three decades (Heinlein, Asimov, de Camp, etc.) and completely changed the direction of science fiction toward a mature, philosophic fiction based on reasoning and scientific principles. Under first Tremaine's and then Campbell's influence, Bates had made a quantum jump, producing a trio of sophisticated plays-on-ideas that stood traditional science fiction ideas on their head and were greeted by the kind of reader acclaim that marks the emergence of stories destined to be ranked among the classics of any field. The first of these was "A Matter of Size" (1934), the second, "Alas, All Thinking" (1935), and then after a hiatus of five years during which Bates was occupied with editorial work, he produced his magnum opus, "Farewell to the Master" (1940) AKA "The Day the Earth Stood Still" ? for which he would posthumously receive the coveted Balrog Award (1983). All three stories appear in this collection. Later, Bates would pen several equally adroit science fictional tales, including "The Experiment of Dr. Sarconi" (1940), "A Matter of Speed" (1941), "The Triggered Dimension" (1953), and "Death of a Sensitive" (1954). However, it is for "Farewell to the Master" and its haunting last line, and the poignant, equally-haunting film based on the story, that long-time science fiction fans remember Harry Bates.

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The Affair of the Brains [The Interplanetary Adventures of Space Hawk #2]
The First Great Space Opera Hero Returns! The classic adventures of Hawk Carse, Space Hawk, continue with the second installment of this memorable series from the pages of the legendary 1932 Astounding Science Fiction (now known as Analog). Hawk Carse came to the frontiers of space when Saturn was the frontier planet, years before law and order were brought to the empires of the far-flung planets. It was a time when the outer limits of the Solar System were being terrorized by the space pirate, ... more info>>
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The Bluff of the Hawk [The Interplanetary Adventures of Space Hawk #3]
From the Author of "The Day the Earth Stood Still--the Astounding Science Fiction Character Who was the Symbol of Space Opera! Space Hawk was the only man to stand between space pirate Ku Sui's ambitions--which could only be satisfied when the entire Solar System was forced under his rule--and the peace of the frontier worlds. Their battle flamed across space, and there were many times when it seemed Hawk Carse must fail! Now Ku Sui seems to be dead--yet a fiendish the trap awaited the Hawk at t... more info>>
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The Day the Earth Stood Still & Other SF Classics
Balrog Award Winner's Science Fantasy Classic! Were the alien and his robot here to help or hinder humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still. Here is a must-read for any science fiction lover, for, as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story's ironic ending." Discover for yourself what Hollywood left out in this first-ever collection of the best work of the legendary... more info>>
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The Hawk Strikes or, Meet Hawk Carse [The Interplanetary Adventures of Space Hawk #1]
The Character who Changed Science Fiction and became the Symbol of Space Opera! By the author of The Day the Earth Stood Still. Thrill to jetting rockets and sizzling ray guns. Before Hawk Carse, during the Hugo Gernsback/Amazing Stories era of science fiction, the typical story involved reams of scientific exposition by a group of friends, one of whom invented a space ship, as they then a trip to another planet, a tour of that world's futuristic technology, a revolt or warfare of some kind invo... more info>>
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The Hidden World [The Interplanetary Adventures of Space Hawk #5]
Never Before Reprinted--Exclusive Edition! Hawk Carse faced his greatest problem when he found that the sinister Kui Sui still lived; and with him seven other men who had died! But his greatest threat came when he landed on a hidden world, where he faced a being with powers greater than any human--the Unborn "Q". Never before reprinted--this is a classic masterpiece from the pages of the legendary pulp Amazing Stories in 1942.
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The Passing of Ku Sui [The Interplanetary Adventures of Space Hawk #4]
The Climactic Yarn in the Legendary Science Fiction Series from the Golden Days of the Pulps! Even Space Hawk stands aghast as Ku Sui's dreams of Empire seem within the archfiend's grasp. Before Hawk Carse, during the Hugo Gernsback/Amazing Stories era of science fiction, the typical story involved reams of scientific exposition by a group of friends, one of whom invented a space ship, as they then a trip to another planet, a tour of that world's futuristic technology, a revolt or warfare of som... more info>>
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