A Science Fiction Omnibus

Brian W. Aldiss

Language: English

Pages: 460

ISBN: 2:00078403

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

This new edition of Brian Aldiss's classic anthology brings together a diverse selection of science fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov's 'Nightfall', first published in 1941, to the 2006 story 'Friends in Need' by Eliza Blair. Including authors such as Clifford Simak, Harry Harrison, Bruce Sterling, A. E. Van Vogt and Brian Aldiss himself, these stories portray struggles against machines, epic journeys, genetic experiments, time travellers and alien races. From stories set on Earth, to uncanny far distant worlds and ancient burnt-out suns, the one constant is humanity itself, compelled by an often fatal curiosity to explore the boundless frontiers of time, space and probability.

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blinded by the fear that mists her eyes. It is at this moment of terror that I – as myself – take control of her. I realize that it is dangerous for me to do so. But the visit has become progressively unsatisfactory to me. My consciousness – being one with that of Anne Stewart – could not simultaneously be in my own perception centre. So she saw my – body – as I had left it set up for chance human callers, responsive to certain automatic relays: doors opening and closing, various categories

sharply: ‘And don’t come back before then. I’ll have guards here with orders to shoot.’ I start to turn away, then slowly face him again. ‘This is a humanlike body,’ I say, ‘but it has no human needs. What shall I do?’ ‘That’s your problem, not mine,’ says Grannitt. I spend the first days at Lederton. The very first days I work as a labourer digging a basement. By evening I feel this is unsatisfying. On the way to my hotel room, I see a sign in the window of a store. ‘Help Wanted!’ it says. I

anyhow, and took pictures. While he worked, the Earth grew nearer. By the time he had finished his first calculation – which was indecisive, because it allowed a margin for error greater than the distances he was trying to check – Earth and Moon were close enough in the telescope to permit much more accurate measurements. Which were, he realized wryly, quite unnecessary. The computer had brought the DFC-3 back, not to an observed sun or planet, but simply to a calculated point. That Earth and

emotion, the careful, somewhat pedantic, phraseology, for which the famous astronomer was noted, did not abandon him. ‘Sir,’ he said, ‘you display an infernal gall in coming to me with that impudent proposition of yours.’ The husky telephotographer of the Observatory, Beenay 25, thrust a tongue’s tip across dry lips and interposed nervously, ‘Now, sir, after all –’ The director turned to him and lifted a white eyebrow. ‘Do not interfere, Beenay. I credit you with good intentions in bringing

stay dead.’ The rain runnelled through Itin’s fur and his mouth was opened so wide that he seemed to be screaming into the night. Only with effort could he talk, squeezing out the alien thoughts in an alien language. ‘Then we will not be saved? We will not become pure?’ ‘You were pure,’ Garth said, in a voice somewhere between a sob and a laugh. ‘That’s the horrible ugly dirty part of it. You were pure. Now you are…’ ‘Murderers,’ Itin said, and the water ran down from his lowered head and

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