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“The Red Queen’s Race,” Isaac Asimov, 1949

“The Red Queen’s Race,” Isaac Asimov, 1949 — Sf/detective cross-over. Comments: Read in The Future I.  Wikipedia summary: “The Red Queen’s Race is a science fiction short story by Isaac Asimov that uses the Red Queen’s race from Lewis Carroll’s … Continue reading

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“A Kind of Artistry,” Brian Aldiss, 1962

“A Kind of Artistry,” Brian Aldiss, 1962 – The story of adventurer Derek Ende who leaves his demanding Mistress to make contact with the Cliff, an exotic species born of an asteroid.  Life off-world gives him insight into his home … Continue reading

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“You Are With It!,” Will Stanton, 1961

“You Are With It!,” Will Stanton, 1961 — A man in the midst of his normal domestic routine leaves for work and is accosted by a man who declares himself “the host.”  For the next ninety minutes, while the clock … Continue reading

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“The Lady Who Sailed the Soul,” Cordwainer Smith, 1960

“The Lady Who Sailed the Soul,” Cordwainer Smith, 1960 – A young girl of the future asks her mother if there were ever any “girl sailors” (in space) and is told the story of Helen America.  The daughter of a … Continue reading

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“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960

“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960 –Friends discuss the history of weapons while having drinks at their favorite hang out, Sol’s Liquor Shop in Chicago.  After, the narrator reflects on his hatred of war, complicated as it is by his … Continue reading

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“Mantage,” Richard Matheson, 1959

“Mantage,” Richard Matheson, 1959 — A writer wishes that life could be experienced in the same way as in a movie–all tedium glossed over, highlights only.  The rest of his life takes 85 minutes. Comments: Read in Science Fiction Showcase. … Continue reading

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“What Do You Mean…Human?” John W. Campbell, Jr., 1959

“What Do You Mean…Human?” John W. Campbell, Jr., 1959 – (Essay) Campbell’s essay expressing his philosophy of sf. Comments: Includes a graph of human/non-human characteristics (of animals, robots, a man with prosthetics) that reminded me a bit of Haraway’s later … Continue reading

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“And Then She Found Him…” Algis Budrys, 1957

“And Then She Found Him…” Algis Budrys, 1957 — A very materialistic, childish woman realizes she has the ability to project her own self-love onto other people, such that they suddenly desire to give her whatever she wants.  She does … Continue reading

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“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957

“The Education of Tigress Macardle,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1957 — Purvis (Elvis?) is elected president, and four years later establishes himself as King Purvis I.  / At the same time, Dr. Fu Manchu, “that veritable personification of the Yellow Peril, … Continue reading

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“The Stunning Science Fiction Caper,” Thomas N. Scortia (as Gerald MacDow), 1957

“The Stunning Science Fiction Caper,” Thomas N. Scortia (as Gerald MacDow), 1957 – (short) A detective shows up looking for the renowned sf editor, MacLeb, to find out that he’s nothing more than a figment of the imagination of two … Continue reading

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“The Bomb in the Bathtub,” Thomas N. Scortia, 1957

“The Bomb in the Bathtub,” Thomas N. Scortia, 1957 — Caedman Wickes, an eccentric, somewhat abstracted private investigator Specializing in Odd Complaints is approached by Sidney Coleman.  Coleman has a problem: There’s a man in his bathroom who says the … Continue reading

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“Origin of Worlds,” Jack Vance, 1957

“Worlds of Origin,” Jack Vance, 1957 — Inspector Magnus Ridolph is on holiday in The Hub, a space station.  When a murder occurs, he’s asked by the hotel management to help solve the crime.  Ridolph uses “cultural analysis,” a study … Continue reading

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“Horrer Howce,” Margaret St. Clair, 1956

“Horrer Howce,” Margaret St. Clair, 1956 — An entrepreneur visits a reclusive old man who is looking for investors in his unfinished horror house.  Jaded by his experience with the latest in such entertainments, the investor isn’t impressed by the … Continue reading

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“Someday,” Isaac Asimov, 1956

“Someday,” Isaac Asimov, 1956 – A young boy kicks and generally mistreats his Bard, an old-fashioned story-telling machine.  His friend, destined to become a computer programmer, arrives to tell him his plan to start a secret club based on “squiggles” … Continue reading

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“Pâté de Foie Gras,” Isaac Asimov, 1956

“Pâté de Foie Gras,” Isaac Asimov, 1956 – Fairy tale meets sf in this tale of a goose that lays golden eggs.  The goose is revealed to be a mini-nuclear reactor, a living philosopher’s stone. Comments: Read in Laughing Space. … Continue reading

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“The Rocket of 1955,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1954

“The Rocket of 1955,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1954 – (short short) Two hustlers engage in a scheme with a German scientist to defraud investors using a rocket launch.  As expected, the rocket explodes and they attempt to flee with the … Continue reading

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“Dreaming is a Private Thing,” Isaac Asimov , 1955

“Dreaming is a Private Thing,” Isaac Asimov , 1955 – Jessie Weill, is the manager of a firm specializing in private dreamies (similar to films or DVDs) that can be viewed at home by individual users.  He encourages a ten-year … Continue reading

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“End as a World,” F. L. Wallace, 1955

“End as a World,” F. L. Wallace, 1955 – A young boy’s community anxiously awaits “the end of the world,” a ubiquitous headline and refrain.  At the conclusion, it is revealed that the phrase refers to the successful Mars flight … Continue reading

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“A Skald’s Lament,” L. Sprague de Camp, 1955

“A Skald’s Lament,” L. Sprague de Camp, 1955 – (poem/song) A writer’s work in the field is not appreciated despite his adherence to the fashions of the day. Comments: Read in Laughing Space.  Appears to mocking three early phases of … Continue reading

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“The Golem,” Avram Davidson, 1955

“The Golem,” Avram Davidson, 1955 — An elderly Jewish couple, Mr. and Mrs. Gumbeiner, are enjoying an autumn day on the porch when a grey-faced man approaches.  The golem announces that he’s come to destroy them, but the old couple … Continue reading

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