‘Mr. & Mrs. Henry Kuttner’ ponder whether flesh & blood, despite their inherent weaknesses, are superior to computers.
Imagine, a sports stadium full of hateful people, encouraged to be hateful, by the government. Sheer fantasy of course.
A rather dark, disturbing story from Knight, somewhat at odds with the rest of the volume (and possibly the majority of SF in the mid-50s).
Asimov posits a new technology, ‘dreamies’, a form of immersive VR, but instead of being digitally coded, the dreamies are created by capturing and editing the dreams of the small percentage of the population who dream vivid dreams.
A travel agent can get you a one-way ticket to somewhere very different and very special. It’s one-way and a one-off chance.
A touch of sauciness for the 1950s!
Humorous story in which missionaries from the Antarean region arrive on Earth and are horrified by what they see – flesh-eating monsters and barbaric humans.
Nice little story featuring the awfully nice Mr. Johnson, who spends his day in New York being rather helpful to people who cross his path.
After three rejuves, old age comes apace, and John Melhuey wishes to avoid decrepitude.
One of a trio of stories about Gussie Kusevic, one of a breed of humans that have developed beyond homo sapien.
One of a series of stories in Henderson’s ‘The People’ series, featuring an alien race, indistinguishable from humans and living amongst us, typically in small remote communities, hiding their special abilities and remaining incognito.
A mildly amusing tale of psi, swamis, scientific framework and anti-gravity. Rather longer than it really needed to be….
A solo ‘Long Haul’ trip to pass muster for the role of starship captain. Except, there is someone else to keep you company.
A great read with some wonderful writing.
Gunn’s tale foreshadows the drama of Apollo 13 and the ‘fake Moon landing’ conspiracy theorists.
A troublesome teen decides that he wants more from life than putting roots down with a nice girl. (Oh, and he’s an alien).
A sweet little story in which an elderly, retired Jewish couple sitting on their porch are paid a visit by a Golem hell-bent on world domination.
A thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining story.
Sensitive story from McHugh.
Two people on the spectrum, and a British AI, and treachery…
A short, fun story from Larson.