Evil Earths

By Brian W. Aldiss

As soon as it was once the best planet in all technological know-how fiction. Fourteen darkish visions of the long run, edited via Brian Aldiss

DARK TOMORROWS

The ambition, greed, and wanderlust of guy have introduced him to the horizon of time, the place the starlit highway of the universe forks—utopia a technique, 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 struggle, the last word god appears—pure mutant-human and 24-karat gold. Amid nice excellent towns and flawless machines. guy is a misplaced soul—no cause to reside and no method 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 global. Geart civilizations have risen and fallen. Invaders have conquered and been banished. guy has mastered time and been enslaved via wish. Humanity is in a twilight, shadowed via excellent expertise and haunted through misplaced desires. yet within the blackness that's the unknowable destiny, stars nonetheless glitter with worlds to be came upon 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 fans, 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 demise - 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 bushy Earthmen - R.A. Lafferty
Guest specialist - Allen ok. Lang
Later Than you're thinking 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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