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 through 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 by means of 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 last word god appears—pure mutant-human and 24-karat gold. Amid nice ideal towns and perfect machines. guy is a misplaced soul—no cause to dwell and no option 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 technological know-how 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 wish. Humanity is in a twilight, shadowed by means of extraordinary expertise and haunted by means of misplaced desires. yet within the blackness that's the unknowable destiny, stars nonetheless glitter with worlds to be discovered and hopes but to come back true.

DIABOLIC DESTINIES

From the forgotten annals of technological know-how fiction magazines of 3 a long time 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 massive 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 capture - Henry Kuttner
Among the furry Earthmen - R.A. Lafferty
Guest specialist - Allen okay. Lang
Later Than you think that - Fritz Leiber
The final note - 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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