From the book: Charles Fort was convinced that there is a great deal going on in our universe which man has not as yet been able to explain. He was, of course, right. Fort amassed reports of events allegedly observed by humans around the world. Fort's books are full of reports of strange phenomena-such as those similar in every way to today's reports of flying saucers but centuries before they were called flying saucers. Boole gave scientists a powerful tool for attacking problems when the obvious approaches refused to yield informative results. Boole employed reductio ad absurdum. He exhausted all the impossibles and thereby isolated a "very probable" answer. Charles Fort, failing to gain the publishers'-and thereby society's-consideration of his positive theories, left world society with a Boolean-like confrontation of illogical events. Charles Fort as a man of true vision purposefully inverted the equations. By getting the publishers to publish the absurd, he proved his point that the publishers published only the absurd.
15 sci-fi short stories by various authors.
First the analogue machines were used to give criminals and psychopaths a conscience. Then their use was expanded to put an "angel of our best intentions" on the shoulder of everyone so no one could commit a crime. Finally, the leaders of industry began using the machines to create better consumers who just couldn't resist their products. But there are a few immunes ... can they resist using this "absolutel power" for their own purposes, or will they be corrupted by it as every other group that came into possession of it has been?
Do not fold, bend or mutilate was how our cybernetic society began, how will it end? The varied answers to that question have proved to be fertile ground for some of the greatest science fiction imaginations. But perhaps we shouldn't look too closely into the future of cybernetics. It may be that the survival capacity of thinking machines is greater than that of the maker ... This collection of short science fiction stories includes: The New Father Christmas by Brian Aldiss, Answer by Fredric Brown, Fool's Mate by Robert Sheckley, Quixote and the Windmill by Poul Anderson, Two-handed Engine by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore, First to Serve by Algis Budrys, I Made You by Walter Miller, Monkey Wrench by Gordon Dickson, Imposter by Philip K. Dick, Someday by Isaac Asimov, Short in the Chest by Idris Seabright, Nightmare Number Three by Stephen Vincent Benet
Martin had all the comforts that Earth could provide. As a top-flight reporter he traveled, met beautiful girls, had enough money and plenty of fun. Then one day he visited the piped recently captured on Brecht's Planet and kept as a curiosity at the zoo. Suddenly the earth trembled, the world went black ... and when he awoke he was inside the cage, scrabbling against the bars with three-fingered, scaly breen hands ... and what happened to the mind of that biped?
Rule Golden Synopsis: If you do it to another, you will pay. This is the new law. You will live through what you want to happen to the other--new Golden Rule. Natural State Synopsis: New York City is a sterile place where fully mind-conditioned people live in complete comfort. However, the Muckfeet--people who are not of the city--live outside and pose a threat to New York city and her sister cities, Chicago, Frisco, and other remaining large cities. Alva Gunstad, a "realie" star, is sent out amongst the Muckfeet to take what he can for New York, spying, planning to return with what he has managed to steal from the Muckfeet. His trip ends up teaching him far more than he has planned, and he finishes off in a surprising way. The Dying Man Synopsis: Dio the Planner is dying after an incredibly long life. How are those around him going to take it?
All Len had to hear was the old gag: "We've never lost a father yet." His child was not even born and it was thoroughly unbearable!
[from inside flaps] "Thorinn felt pretty bad. First his father and brothers (who had given him a name meaning "flea") force him down a dry well. Then he falls through the bottom. Things couldn't possibly get worse. But they do, in this warming and exciting story of Thorinn and the world he sets out to conquer, by science fiction's master Hugo-Award-winning Golden Age storyteller, Damon Knight. Damon Knight's fine novel neatly mixes science fiction and fantasy in its account of Thorinn undertaking a journey no less significant than Columbus's. Buried alive, Thorinn discovers that the only way out is down. He travels to the center of the earth, visiting strange principalities, hidden worlds encysted in mammoth caverns, old and young races, and a ruling intelligence. Through all this Thorinn succeeds (for the most part) in keeping his good heart (with a few lessons in patience along the way) and sense of curiosity. When Thorinn ultimately meets his maker, the reader exults in a story well told and a success well earned."
Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver--but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned--of destiny, and other things....
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