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ISBN-10: 0020163908

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You stopover at an international the place Robots pressure to recollect the lifestyles of the boys who created them; pay attention the tantalizingly short record of a guy who returns from a visit to the longer term; see the snake-armed factor that emerges from the minds of the folk who conjure it. You meet a keepsake hunter within the 30th Century and a schoolgirl who attempts to deal with the instructing equipment of the Twenty-second Century. You percentage the fear of an astronaut in a “haunted” house go well with and the quandary of a spouse whose husband is aware a typical chemical formulation for destroying the earth. in brief, you're feeling the impression, the originality, and the uncanny surroundings created by means of those technological know-how fiction specialists now not once—but 50 times.

50 brief technology Fiction Tales were chosen for his or her concise writing, and for punch traces that depart the reader “surprised, stunned, and overjoyed on the ultimate sentence.” in accordance with the editors, one other vital element of this literary shape is “evocation of a historical past differing from our own.” accordingly, even though the various tales are only a web page lengthy, the studying event is usually excitingly unique.

Contents:

* Ballade of a man-made Satellite via Poul Anderson
* The enjoyable They Had by way of Isaac Asimov
* Men Are Different via Alan Bloch
* The Ambassadors by way of Anthony Boucher
* The Weapon via Fredric Brown
* Random Sample via T. P. Caravan
* Oscar by means of Cleve Cartmill
* The Mist via Peter Cartur (pseud. Peter Grainger)
* Teething Ring via James Causey
* The Haunted area Suit through Arthur C. Clarke
* Stair Trick by way of Mildred Clingerman
* Unwelcome Tenant by way of Roger Dee
* The Mathematicians through Arthur Feldman
* The 3rd Level by way of Jack Finney
* Beautiful, appealing, Beautiful! by means of Stuart Friedman
* The Figure by way of Edward Grendon
* The Rag Thing through David Grinnell (pseud. Donald A. Wollheim)
* The solid Provider via Marion Gross
* Columbus was once a Dope through Robert A. Heinlein
* Texas Week by means of Albert Hernhuter
* Hilda via H. B. Hickey
* The Choice through Wayland Hilton-Young
* Not With a Bang via Damon Knight
* The Altar at Midnight through C. M. Kornbluth
* A undesirable Day for Sales via Fritz Leiber
* Who’s Cribbing? by means of Jack Lewis
* Spectator Sport through John D. MacDonald
* The Cricket Ball by means of Avro Manhattan
* Double-Take by means of Winston ok. Marks
* Prolog by way of John P. McKnight
* The on hand information at the Worp Reaction by way of Lion Miller
* Narapoia by way of Alan Nelson
* Tiger by way of the Tail through Alan E. Nourse
* Counter Charm by means of Peter Phillips
* The Fly by way of Arthur Porges
* The enterprise, as Usual via Mack Reynolds
* Two Weeks in August through Frank M. Robinson
* See? by way of Edward G. Robles, Jr.
* Appointment at Noon by means of Eric Frank Russell
* We Don’t wish Any Trouble through James H. Schmitz
* Built Down Logically by way of Howard Schoenfeld
* An Egg a Month from All Over through Idris Seabright (pseud. Margaret St. Clair)
* The excellent Woman by way of Robert Sheckley
* The Hunters by way of Walt Sheldon
* The Martian and the Magician by means of Evelyn E. Smith
* Barney by way of Will Stanton
* Talent through Theodore Sturgeon
* Project Hush by means of William Tenn
* The nice Judge through A. E. van Vogt
* Emergency Landing through Ralph Williams
* Obviously Suicide by way of S. Fowler Wright
* Six Haiku through Karen Anderson

Originally released 1963 by way of Collier Books.

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W ithin the course o f the week one has done one’s bit and strengthened the feeling o f being on outpost duty in oneself and in others, and flies 46 / home on Saturday with a clear conscience. During takeoff one shows a fleeting interest in the country down there, its roads, bodies of water, houses and gardens. Somewhere there are three dots in a green area (of course, I am leaving out the snail). W hat do you know, people. Well. Wonder what kind o f life they lead around here. Unfavorable area, too.

Neither a bird nor the wind nor any sound at all, and believe me, it is disturbing when our quiet area becomes truly quiet. You never know why everything is holding its breath. This time, however, 45 / June Afternoon it was only one o f those good old passenger aircrafts; I’m not saying that it can ’t be incredibly quick and comfortable, for these airlines flying overhead are in cutthroat com pe­ tition with one another. I only m ean, clearly visible to everybody, it flew from east to west, to use these designations for nothing but direction for once; in the opinion of most o f its passengers the plane was probably flying from West to west; that is, because it had taken off in West Berlin, since the air corridor— a word one could ponder over for a long tim e— is just over our yard and the rain barrel and my deck chair, from where I observed, not without satisfaction, how without the slightest effort this airplane absorbed not only its own buzzing but the entire collection o f sounds of our garden.

Both o f them m ust have forgotten a lot and thought about quite a few things which they wouldn't adm it to themselves before they could talk to one another like today. It is not to be expected that the conflict will com e to a head according to the rules o f classical drama and be “ carried out" to the end. It already m eans a lot when P. admits: Your proposal was practical. It is only right for you to get the prem ium . Subsequently his supply o f self-abnegation runs dry. He becom es evasive, pulls out an old story which he expatiates on at great length.

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