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Steel and Other Stories

Written by Richard Matheson

Average Score: 80(2)

Imagine a future in which the sport of boxing has gone high-tech.  Human boxers have been replaced by massive humanoid robots.   And former champions of flesh-and-blood are obsolete . . . .

Richard Matheson’s classic short story is now the basis for Real Steel, a gritty, white-knuckle film starring Hugh Jackman.  But “Steel,” which was previously filmed as a powerful episode of the original Twilight Zone television series, is just one of over a dozen unforgettable tales in this outstanding collection, which includes two new stories that have never appeared in any previous Matheson collection.  Also featured is a bizarre satirical fantasy, “The Splendid Source,” that was turned into an episode of The Family Guy.

Richard Matheson was recently inducted into the Science Fiction Hall of Fame.  Steel demonstrates once again the full range of his legendary imagination.

Book Details

Paperback, 320 Pages
Published by Tor Books on September 27, 2011
ISBN-10 0765329425
ISBN-13 978-0765329424


Fantasy Literature | Kat Hooper
Review Rating: 80
[Audio Version] Every story in Steel and Other Stories (with the exception, perhaps, of "The Splendid Source") examines the motives, behaviors, and hidden thoughts of human beings who feel real and deep. This makes every story, even the ones with plots I wouldn't normally care for, feel like a work of art.
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Library Journal | Teresa L. Jacobsen
Review Rating: 80
Touching on creeping horror as well as broad satire, this collection showcases a rare and important talent.
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