Written some 18 or more years after John W. Campbell’s ‘The Thing’, but with a similar underpinning idea.
A story that doesn’t go much beyond the principal conceit : a man has the uncanny knack of knowing just where and when someone is going to have a brainwave or invent something – and therefore be on hand to licence and exploit it.
One of a trio of stories about Gussie Kusevic, one of a breed of humans that have developed beyond homo sapien.
Stories by John Bernard Daley, C.M. Kornbluth, Theodore L Thomas, E L Malpas, R Bretnor, Algis Budrys, Damon Knight, Isaac Asimov, Randall Garrett, Ray Russell, Robert Nathan, Roger Thorne, Robert Abernathy, Mack Reynolds, J G Ballard, Theodore Sturgeon, Garson Kanin
Stories by : Algis Budrys, Lisa Tuttle, Thomas M Disch, Barry N Malzberg, Peter Redgrove, Richard Cowper, Stephen Robinett, M John Harrison, John Updike, Joe Haldeman, Louis Phillips, Michael Moorcock (Contents only).
Stories by : Algis Budrys, Anthony Burgess, Brian W. Aldiss, Bruce McAllister, Frederik Pohl, J.G. Ballard, James Tiptree, John Hartridge, Joseph Wesley, Jr, Ken W. Purdy, P. g. Wyal, Paul Ehrlich, Philip K. Dick, Ursula K. Le Guin.
Stories by : Algis Budrys, Cordwainer Smith, Gene Wolfe., George R. R. Martin, Gregory Benford, Harlan Ellison, John Varley, Lisa Tuttle, P.J. Plauger, Richard A. Lupoff, Robert F. Young, Ursula K. Le Guin.