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Sci-fi master Theodore Sturgeon wrote stories with power and freshness, and in telling them created a broader understanding of humanity--a legacy for readers and writers to mine for generations. Along with the title story, the collection includes stories written between 1953 and 1955, Sturgeon's greatest period, with such favorites as "Bulkhead," "The Golden Helix," and "To Here and the Easel."
This book contains eight science fiction stories by William Tenn that look at what being human is like from some very different angles, including: "Project Hush," "The Discovery of Morniel Mathaway," "Wednesday's Child," "The Servant Problem," "Party of the Two Parts," "The Flat-Eyed Monster," "The Human Angle," and "A Man of Family." WIT--An extra-terrestrial sells pornographic literature from his world on Earth. IMAGINATION--A politician seeks complete security, only to find... CHARM--Modern art gets viewed from the future. IRONY--Just what kind of an animal is a human being?
William Tenn was a writer whose works were a huge part of the fifties and sixties. He was witty, good at plotting, fond of irony and satire, and a pleasure to read.
WILLIAM TENN may well be the originator of the nonhero. His human beings, in all the short stories which have preceded this his first full-length novel, are all too fallible, exasperated by the effort of keeping up with the Jones's, depressed by feelings of inadequacy, beset by the daily problems of making a living. But withal, endearing. "Making a living," did we say? Well perhaps the problem is that as lords of the planet, humans have had the wrong approach, a mistaken self-image, as it were. Maybe it's not necessary to make a living. It could be that cast in another, not necessarily humbler role, humans could behave admirably. It's a downright encouraging thought. Just what could be the circumstances that might bring out the best in humankind? More, what is best? Mr. Tenn's answer is somewhat unnerving, but never let it be said that man cannot accept a challenge. So read OF MEN AND MONSTERS. We promise you, at the very least, a different view of your world. (Which, heaven knows, needs it.)
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