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A two-man mission to Venus fails and is aborted; when it returns, the Captain is missing and the other astronaut, Harry M. Evans, is unable to explain what has happened. Or, conversely, he has too many explications; his journal of the expedition--compiled in the mental institution to which NASA has embarrassedly committed him--offers contradictory stories: he murdered the Captain, mad Venusian invaders murdered the Captain, the Captain vanished, no one was murdered and the Captain has returned in Evans' guise. As the explanations pyramid and the supervising psychiatrist's increasingly desperate efforts to get a straight story fail, it becomes apparent that Evans's madness and his inability to explain what happened are expressions of humanity's incompetence at the enormity of space exploration. The novel, published by Random House as its inaugural work in a proposed new science fiction program, was controversial and became even more so when it won the first John W. Campbell Memorial Award for best novel. Many felt that the award, regardless of the novel's accomplishment, was an insult to Campbell (1910-1971), the great editor of Astounding Science Fiction Magazine whose name had always been synonymous with the wonder and complexity of space exploration. Campbell, some argued, would never have published a novel given an award in his name; others responded that Campbell had always honored controversy and the expansion of familiar means of thought, a category into which Beyond Apollo certainly fell. Beyond Apollo has been in and out of print in the thirty years since its publication, but an edition has always been available in the USA or in one or more of the 12 European and Scandinavian countries to which it was sold.
She came East to become a big star on Broadway, but settled for shacking up with a violent, unpublished writer#151;and performing in sex movies in a huge, dingy loft on West 26th Street.
Elizabeth Moore, young, fresh from a posh Ivy League college, has a burning desire to help her welfare clients. The Ultimate Social Worker, she had her own ideas about how to reacculturate the male members of her case load. But how was she to get her cynical, narrow-minded boss to understand that the rehabilitation of the poor, alienated people can only be achieved through sex therapy?
The Spread, a glossy porno weekly studded with full-page photographs, was a success from the very first issue. Every week a quarter of a million copies hit the newsstands and were snapped up by eager readers. But behind the scenes, in the New York offices of the sex-paper, the action was even hotter. Walter, the hot-blooded young publisher, was working overtime on his big blond secretary and the official policy was pleasure before, during, and after business hours.
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