You stopover at an international the place Robots pressure to recollect the life of the lads who created them; listen the tantalizingly short file of a guy who returns from a visit to the longer term; see the snake-armed factor that emerges from the minds of the folks who conjure it. You meet a memento hunter within the 30th Century and a schoolgirl who attempts to deal with the educating tools of the Twenty-second Century. You proportion the phobia of an astronaut in a “haunted” house swimsuit and the hassle of a spouse whose husband is aware a typical chemical formulation for destroying the earth. briefly, you're feeling the effect, the originality, and the uncanny surroundings created through those technological know-how fiction specialists no longer once—but 50 times.

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


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

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Behind an inscription, my dear sir, there is also an entire people! But behind any of these poems there is nothing but a whim. So then, who will guarantee for us that the same ex­ pression does not change its meaning radically from one instance to the next? In the separate compositions, or in the very same composition there is, I beg you to observe, not one word which is repeated twice throughout all three poems. ” “ I beg your pardon, I beg your pardon,” the great critic shouted, beside himself, “it is just because of this that the problem is quickly resolved.

By its very nature, a result can be evaluated only in terms of the means employed. Except with God, absolute results do not exist, and the very concept of a result is a relative concept. Results range along an infinite ideal scale, though inside the limits of a single moral value. But let us not digress. ” A tomblike silence had fallen in the office of the great critic. Letting his eyes stare into the void, he pretended not to have heard my question. ’ “ I have only one poem with me,” faltered Y.

You can’t get out of it that easily. Now you’re in danger of relying on a sophism yourself. You are taking it for granted that what is involved is a work of art. But this is precisely what has to be examined: where and what are the criteria you use for your evaluation? Let me sum up my preceding argument. When I said that an inscription has behind it and implies a complex of norms, I meant also that certain of its purely linguistic data are enforced and supported by a knowledge which is not exclusively linguistic: I refer to ethnic knowledge.

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