Evil Earths

By Brian W. Aldiss

As soon as it was once the best planet in all technology fiction. Fourteen darkish visions of the longer term, edited by means of Brian Aldiss

DARK TOMORROWS

The ambition, greed, and wanderlust of guy have introduced him to the horizon of time, the place the starlit street of the universe forks—utopia a method, oblivion the darkish dead-end. Earth has been slashed through an atomic knife. A father and son stare upon the pearl-white crescent that's the final reminiscence of Earth. on the penultimate second of an atomic warfare, the final word god appears—pure mutant-human and 24-karat gold. Amid nice ideal towns and flawless machines. guy is a misplaced soul—no cause to reside and no technique to die.

In the masterful tales of such writers as Philip okay. Dick, Brian Aldiss, Henry Kuttner, Fritz Leiber, and Jack Vance, Earth—the first planet of technology fiction—is a tarnished international. Geart civilizations have risen and fallen. Invaders have conquered and been banished. guy has mastered time and been enslaved via hope. Humanity is in a twilight, shadowed through magnificent know-how and haunted via misplaced goals. yet within the blackness that's the unknowable destiny, stars nonetheless glitter with worlds to be came across and hopes but to return true.

DIABOLIC DESTINIES

From the forgotten annals of technology fiction magazines of 3 many years come fourteen dynamic tales of time-travelers, mutant, golden gods, robotic enthusiasts, earth-exiles, and mind-stunning visions of earth's future—and celestial past.

Heresies of the large God - Brian Aldiss
Night - John W. Campbell
Film of loss of life - J.S. Campbell
"If I Forgot Thee, Oh Earth..." - Arthur C. Clarke
The Golden guy - Philip ok. Dick
The Wound - Howard Fast
The Time seize - Henry Kuttner
Among the furry Earthmen - R.A. Lafferty
Guest professional - Allen okay. Lang
Later Than you think that - Fritz Leiber
The final be aware - Chad Oliver and Charles Beaumont
The Valley - Richard Stockham
Down one of the useless males - William Tenn
The males go back - Jack Vance

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So, nonetheless arm in arm, we walked into the most front of the massive construction, up a protracted flight of steps and below the signal that acknowledged in crimson and black: Human Protoplasm Reclamation middle 3rd District completing Plant there have been a few old-looking yet very erect males jogging alongside the most foyer and many uniformed, relatively lovely ladies. i used to be happy to notice that the majority of the ladies have been pregnant. the 1st entertaining sight I had obvious in virtually every week. We became an elevator and instructed the woman, “Fifteen.

Let’s hunt for the opening, eh? ” “Here it really is, Kent. I nearly fell into it. ” She pointed on the wormy tangle of crimson grass close to through. Mason stared. after all, he couldn't see down into the space. The scarlet plants concealed it. He knelt and, overcoming his repugnance, thrust his face down throughout the twisting grasses. He was once in empty blackness—below the floor point on this planet of the pink crops, Mason knew. A curious conviction got here to the fellow that those scenes, the unusual mirages at the tower, weren't simply created phantoms, yet real reflections of actual worlds that exist, or did exist, or will exist sooner or later.

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