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Master of science fiction James Gunn explores the infinite possibilities of the unknown world in this collection of short stories. From planets where social status is based on poverty to a human zoo that serves as a refrigerator for a bloodthirsty monster, Gunn tests the limit of human imagination. Step inside and feel free to browse. This Venusian factory in Jersey manufactures only the finest women on the market. Each is flawless in her beauty and poise, but there is one malfunction that may prove deadly for the future of this company and the owner of the lovely lass. Enjoy this tale and more, in this collection of alternate realities.
Gift from the Stars is a science fiction novel by James Gunn first written as a series of connected novelettes in Analog and then published as a novel in 2005. It deals with the same theme as that in Carl Sagan's novel Contact, spaceship plans received in signals from the stars, but it provides what Gunn considers a more realistic extrapolation. About the romanticism and easy adventure highlighted in Sagan's novel, Gunn in his preface writes as follows: That isn't the way it would happen, I told myself, and I was "inspired" to write Gift from the Stars, a response not only to Contact but to every novel of humans encountering the unknown. I wrote it as a series of novelettes, just as I had written The Listeners, and published them over a period of half a dozen years in Analog, beginning with "The Giftie," which won the Analog readers' poll for best novelette of the year. I have kept that pattern in the book, even though I planned it from the beginning as a novel exploring "the way it would really be." It is a novel in six parts instead of a dozen or so chapters. If aliens sent us plans for a spaceship, the novel suggests, they would arrive without fanfare and their arrival would be greeted not with surprise or joy or gratitude, but with suspicion and resistance. A few space enthusiasts would want to implement them to reach the stars, but the great masses of humanity-and the bureaucrats who make decisions for them-would ignore the plans or want to suppress them. Most of all, why would aliens send us spaceship plans? Are their intentions beneficent or inimical? Damon Knight raised the question in a classic shortshort story entitled "To Serve Man," but Gift from the Stars pursues the question in detail and arrives at an answer, like the spaceship the humans construct and name Ad Astra Per Aspera. "To the stars through difficulty." Gift from the Stars is a more light-hearted look at the issues of alien contact-the plans, for instance, are discovered as an appendix in a book on a UFO remainder table-and I enjoyed writing them and living with the characters: Adrian Mast, Frances Farmstead, Jessica Buhler, and the troubled genius Peter Cavendish.
Timshel was once the vacation spot of the galaxy, full of culture, natural beauty, and friendly, hospitable inhabitants. But now Timshel has cut itself off from the universe. No one is allowed to enter or leave. Concerned, the Federation has sent agents to investigate, but none have returned. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship EnterpriseTM are shocked to discover the truth: the people of Timshel have succumbed to an insidious new technology that guarantees every citizen total pleasure, a soul-destroying ecstasy that has enslaved their entire civilization. Kirk and Spock have faced many threats before, but now they face the most seductive menace of all: perfect happiness. And the rest of the Federation may soon fall under the irresistible control of the Joy Machine.
Timshel was once the vacation spot of the galaxy, full of culture, natural beauty, and friendly, hospitable inhabitants. But now Timshel has cut itself off from the universe. No one is allowed to enter or leave. Concerned, the Federation has sent agents to investigate, but none have returned. Captain Kirk and the crew of the Starship Enterprise TM are shocked to discover the truth: the people of Timshel have succumbed to an insidious new technology that guarantees every citizen total pleasure, a soul-destroying ecstasy that has enslaved their entire civilization. Kirk and Spock have faced many threats before, but now they face the most seductive menace of all: perfect happiness. And the rest of the Federation may soon fall under the irresistible control of the Joy Machine.
Imagine a world where you can have everything you want, or if you can't have it, you can be psychologically conditioned not to want it. Hedonics can do that, but can the human race survive happiness?
The Listeners is a classic work of hard science fiction by James E. Gunn first written as a series of connected novelettes in science fiction magazines and then published as a novel in 1972. It tells the stories of sensitive and individualistic scientists over several generations as they discover signals from the star Capella, translate its message, send an answer, and receive the reply. It explores the full spectrum of scientific, political, religious, intellectual, and human issues that are raised by these events. BenBella features the following descriptions and accolades on the book jacket: FOR FIFTY YEARS MANKIND SEARCHED IN THE SKIES AND HEARD NOTHING. BUT ONE DAY AN ANSWER CAME, AN ANSWER NO ONE WAS EXPECTING, AND ALMOST NO ONE WANTED.... The Listeners had done more for SETI than anything else ever published." PAUL SHUCH, "James Gunn's The Listeners is one of the most influential novels of our time, leading the way for both science and science fiction. Its serious and exciting story of first contact is must reading for all interested in the search for extraterrestrial intelligence and humanity's future in the galaxy." GREG BEAR "Quite simply, The Listeners is one of the finest books of speculative fiction ever written. It is strong, thoughtful, marvelously human, and to my eye without flaw. In sum, an unforgettable reading experience." HARLAN ELLISON "one of the very best fictional portrayals of contact with extraterrestrial intelligence ever written!" - Carl Sagan Afterword by Freeman J. Dyson James E. Gunn has published 38 books and nearly 100 short stories, including such classics as The Joy Makers, The Dreamers, and The Immortals. He is the winner of the 1983 Hugo Science Fiction Achievement Award, and in 1992 was given the Eaton Award for Lifetime Achievement.
The golden-skinned merchant princes of Eron, mutants who were riding horse-sized hunting dogs, started to close in on them.
Thunder and Roses is the fourth volume in The Complete Stories of Theodore Sturgeon. Included in Thunder and Roses are 15 stories, with major works like "Maturity," "The Professor's Teddy Bear," "A Way Home," and the title story, in addition to two works never published before.
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