Here, for the first time in book form, are three contemporary classics by acknowledged masters of science fiction: A new Martian chronicle by Ray Bradbury (The Lost City of Mars); a wistful look at far outer space by Chad Oliver (The Marginal Man); and a tale of witchcraft by Theodore Sturgeon (One Foot and the Grave).
Far From This Earth and Other Stories is volume 2 of a collection of Chad Oliver's SF, containing the following:StardustLet Me Live in a HouseField ExpedientTransformerIf Now You Grieve a LittleAnachronismNorth WindPilgrimageThe Wind Blows FreeOf CourseRite of PassageDidn't He Ramble?Second NatureGhost TownEnd of the LineJust Like a ManFar From This EarthKing of the HillMeanwhile, Back on the ReservationA Lake of Summer
Into a world where monsters ruled... To make it his own, he had only the power in his limbs and his desire to wrest this primeval land from the beasts. He was Varnum, last vestige of strength in the jaded race of men. Adrift in a land untouched by technology, he found himself with the chance for which all men dream - to shape history!
A 17-year-old makes an unplanned trip through space and time to Europe 50,000 years ago where Neanderthal and Cro-Magnon man engage in conflict for survival.
Anthropologist Paul Ellery discovers that the small Texas town of Jefferson Springs is actually an imitation of small-town America created by the aliens who now offer him a chance to explore the universe.
On the dusty, remote plains of Kenya, Royce Crawford runs a baboonery. One day there is a strange light in the East African sky, and the baboons start disappearing from their cages. he finds that the animals have changed. The strange look of cold intelligence. reveals to Crawford that he is no longer the hunter, but the hunted.
On the dusty, remote plains of Kenya, Royce Crawford runs a baboonery, a way station for animals captured and awaiting shipment to research laboratories in America. He, his wife, two children, and his small staff live in virtual isolation from the rest of the world. One day there is a strange light in the East African sky, and the baboons start disappearing from their cages. When Crawford tracks them down, he finds that the animals have changed. The strange look of cold intelligence in their eyes reveals to Crawford that he is no longer the hunter, but the hunted. Something with a mind as different from his as his is from the baboons is using the animals to study him. Sensing an alien intelligence somewhere in the African bush, Crawford and his small group begin a desperate fight for survival against the unknown, in which the author, a professional anthropologist asks the question: Which side of the microscope are we really looking through?
A Star Above It and Other Stories is volume 1 of a collection of Chad Oliver's SF, containing the following:Blood's a RoverThe Land of Lost ContentThe Ant and the EyeArtifactAny More At Home Like You?Rewrite ManThe Edge of ForeverThe Boy Next DoorA Star Above ItThe Mother of NecessityNightTechnical AdvisorBetween the Thunder and the SunThe One That Got AwayTransfusionGuardian SpiritThe GiftTo Whom It May ConcernA Stick for Harry EddingtonOld Four-Eyes
Monte Stewart was an extremely intelligent, somewhat contentious anthropologist with a sense of humor and a nonconformist approach to life. As an expert in his field, he was chosen to approach the first apparently human-like form of life ever to be encountered on another planet. Here was the chance he had been waiting for all his life - an opportunity to make contact, to investigate, to ascertain the facts about an altogether new man-like species, with the added knowledge that the peace of the worlds depended upon the establishment of friendly relations. But Stewart and his team of experts couldn't get to first base. They tried for weeks - then vicious unreasoned tragedy struck their camp. What had gone wrong?Who were these 'people'?Why had they attacked the humans?Stewart had failed in his mission; but for his own peace of mind he had to discover the answers, and he had to do it alone.
UNEARTHLY NEIGHBORS (1960) was Chad Oliver's fourth novel and his fifth book of fiction (counting 1955's distinguished short story collection, Another Kind). With it he closed a decade of impressive growth as a writer, by carrying forward his favorite theme of contact between intelligent species to a level of complexity and drama rarely seen in works of science fiction. "Chad Oliver continues to put his anthropology degree to good use," wrote Frederik Pohl. "Other science fiction writers have invented more 'alien' aliens than these for us to make contact with. Few, though, have been as able as Oliver to convince us that this is the way first contact is going to be." As humankind reaches out across the light years to confront another humanity, we see how both forms of intelligence are compelled to face their own inner natures before they can even begin to understand each other. Being alien, in Oliver's sensitive analysis, is not just a matter of physiological differences, but also a dimension of culture and history overlaid on the biology.
They were visitors from out of space. They had slept for 15,000 years. But they were men. Nevertheless it was a fantastic experience for Wes Chase to discover them while on a casual fishing trip. It was a long time before they were able to explain to Wes why they were on earth and what they needed. It was even longer before Wes conquered his horror and decided he could help them in their mission to bring peace to the universe. When Wes finally found the daring answer to their problems, he realised that he would have to leave his own life behind and go with them into the future and the winds of time.
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