50 Short Science Fiction Tales

You stopover at an international the place Robots pressure to recollect the life of the lads 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 memento hunter within the 30th Century and a schoolgirl who attempts to deal with the educating equipment of the Twenty-second Century. You proportion the fear of an astronaut in a “haunted” house swimsuit and the hindrance of a spouse whose husband is familiar with a standard chemical formulation for destroying the earth. in brief, you're feeling the influence, the originality, and the uncanny surroundings created by way of those technology fiction specialists now not once—but 50 times.

50 brief technological know-how 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 line with the editors, one other very important element of this literary shape is “evocation of a historical past differing from our own.” for this reason, even though many of the tales are only a web page lengthy, the studying event is often excitingly unique.

Contents:

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

Originally released 1963 through Collier Books.

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T h e f o u n d e r s of the colony (later called Pilgrims by their l e a d e r a n d historian William B r a d f o r d ) s h a r e d with their allies, the P u r i t a n s , a wish to purify C h r i s t i a n belief a n d p r a c t i c e . W h e r e a s the P u r i t a n s initially were willing to work within the confines of the e s t a b l i s h e d C h u r c h of E n g l a n d , the Pilgrims t h o u g h t it so c o r r u p t that they w i s h e d to s e p a r a t e t h e m s e l v e s from it completely.

L a w r e n c e valley, a n d through his a g e n t s a n d followers p u s h e d F r e n c h exploration a s far west as L a k e S u p e r i o r at a time w h e n the E n g l i s h were still struggling in Virginia a n d N e w E n g l a n d s e t t l e m e n t h a d j u s t b e g u n at P l y m o u t h . LITERARY C O N S E Q U E N C E S OF 1492 T h e period of E u r o p e a n exploration in the N e w W o r l d p r o d u c e d a surprisingly large a n d intriguing body of literature. W h i l e m a n y m a n u s c r i p t s were archived a n d out of r e a c h until the n i n e t e e n t h century, a n u m b e r of texts f o u n d their way into print a n d were widely d i s p e r s e d , t h a n k s to the establishm e n t of printing in the half century before 1 4 9 2 .

A series of l u c k l e s s N o r t h A m e r i c a n voyages by the E n g l i s h u n d e r Martin F r o b i s h e r , H u m p h r e y Gilbert, a n d then W a l t e r R a l e g h e n d e d in the tragedy of the " L o s t C o l o n y " of R o a n o k e I s l a n d in t h e 1 5 8 0 s . F o r a n o t h e r twenty y e a r s few E n g l i s h explorers m a d e s e r i o u s new efforts, a l t h o u g h the p r e s s b u b b l e d with p u b l i c a t i o n s regarding the N e w W o r l d , particularly the works of R i c h a r d Hakluyt the younger, w h o s e great c o l l e c t i o n s g a t h e r e d t h e fugitive r e c o r d s of E n g l i s h , a n d i n d e e d E u r o p e a n , e x p a n s i o n o v e r s e a s .

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