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Damon Knight SF Gateway Omnibus

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Author, editor, critic, fan: few people have had such a great and varied impact on modern SF as Damon Knight. From membership of seminal SF group the Futurians, through years of incisive reviews and criticism, to editorship of the influential Orbit series of anthologies, Knight bestrode 20th-century SF like a colossus. After his death in 2002, the SFWA GRAND MASTER AWARD was renamed in his honour. The four volumes contained in this omnibus represent the best of his acclaimed short fiction - FAR OUR, IN DEEP, OFF CENTRE and TURNING ON - including his retro HUGO-winning TO SERVE MAN, surely the only SF story to inspire episodes of THE TWILIGHT ZONE and THE SIMPSONS!

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Better than One

Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight
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Kate Wilhelm, Damon Knight

A collection containing two short stories ("Semper Fi" and "Baby, You Were Great"), seven poems, and autobiographical introductions.

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Humpty Dumpty: An Oval

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Humpty Dumpty is a breakthrough work for this acknowledged master of the fantastic, an intriguing, entertaining, and immensely appealing novel of a man trying to make sense of a world gone mad. The tale begins when Wellington Stout wakes in an Italian hospital, uncertain how or why he came to be there. Gradually he learns that he was shot in the head in a Milan restaurant the night before his stepdaughter's wedding, perhaps because of a mysterious packet his brother asked him to deliver. The doctors tell him he is fortunate to be alive, but Stout has his doubts. For the bullet that has entered his skull has also opened cracks in the fabric of reality, and, as in the old nursery rhyme, no force on Earth or in Heaven can put it back together again. Soon Stout is hearing voices foretelling his doom, encountering antediluvian cabals of dentists, extraterrestrial shoe salesmen, gargantuan rodents, seductive adolescent sibyls, and giant craters opening across the face of North America, and traveling on an uncertain odyssey through a distorted landscape made of the fragments of his own life and memory.

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The Futurians

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

The Futurian Society was founded in 1938 by thirteen science fiction fans; it never numbered more than twenty, including wives, girl friends and hangers-on; yet out of this small group came seven of the most famous names in science fiction: Isaac Asimov, James Blish, Damon Knight, Cyril Kornbluth, Judith Merril, Frederik Pohl and Donald A. Wollheim.Brilliant, eccentric and poor, the Futurians invented their own subculture, with its communal dwellings, its folklore, songs and games, even its own mock religion. In later years many of them became influential novelists, editors, anthologists, literary agents and publishers.The author has interviewed ten of the surviving Futurians and has traced down the widow of one member whose tragic fate was unknown until now. Drawing on correspondence, unpublished manuscripts, and amateur publications (including a collection of Futurian wall newspapers which had wound up in Australia), he has written a fascinating narrative of the early days of the Futurians, the feuds and lawsuits that divided them, and their later careers.

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A Reasonable World

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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Beyond the Barrier

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

He reached for Churan's throat and his hands closed on air......yet the alien had not moved. With a chill of terror, Naismith realized that his arm had passed completely through the ugly, green-skinned body.The aliens' laughter swelled out, malicious and mocking. Behind him, Lall's voice said, "A nice try. But not good enough."

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The Observers

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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Hell's Pavement

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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A for Anything

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

We call it a gismo.That's right, a gismo.A bit difficult to describe. Like a cross, I suppose, without the top part. Sort of two arms on a stand.What happens is this. You hang something on one arm. Anything at all. A watch, a bracelet, money, anything. I supposed you could hang a locomotive on, only it's a bit heavy.But anyway you hang something on and there on the opposite arm appears an exact replica. And I mean exact.You can't tell the difference.So nobody need make anything any more. What you need you hang on the gismo. No work. No want. No starvation. No nothing.When you've got a gismo, you've got everything.

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Natural State

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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Double Meaning

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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World without Children and The Earth Quarter

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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The Man in the Tree

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Gene Anderson was born in Oregon, in the twilight post-war years, into the most ordinary circumstances imaginable.Gene is endowed with powers. He can look into the other worlds that are all around him. He can make things happen. He can hurt and he can heal.His life changes dramatically when another boy is killed in a tragic accident, and Gene runs away. He is only nine. As he grows to 8'6" tall, his wanderings take him round the world in search of a remarkable destiny.

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CV

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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Why Do Birds

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

It's the early 21st century. Ed Stone says he's been in suspended animation since the 1930s. He says he was kidnapped by aliens. He says they sent him forth on a mission: to convince the nations of the world to build massive vault, a mile on each side, in which humanity's billions will lie in suspension and survive the impending destruction of the Earth.Ed Stone says all these things, and the strangest part is that people believe him - ordinary people and powerful people alike. So begins Why Do Birds, a classically science-fictional novel of ideas and quite possibly Damon Knight's most haunting work, a terrifying tale of deceit and human folly.

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Far Out

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

What would you do if little men in purple uniforms filled your living room with impossible machinery? A machine made it possible to bury your crimes in the future?You were abandoned on an asteroid alone with a murderous living snake of metal?

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In Deep

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Take a step forward and fall suddenly into a creeping blob of protoplasm, then discover that your three companions have fallen with you and your bodies have been digested by the 'thing'.Watch a man searching on a beach, and feel your blood run cold when he tells you what he is searching for.A doorway that will take you anywhere, except back to earth.

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Off Centre

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

The room was quiet; the man in front of the mirror was the only living things there, and he was too horrified to utter a sound.In the mirror, five faces stared back at him: one young and ruddy, which was his own, and four that did not belong in that place at all, for they were wrinkled, malevolent, small as crabapples and blue as smoke.So begins Damon Knight's 'Be My Guest', a story of the human race possessed by things that were - well, not exactly demons . . . but not exactly not demons, either.It's just one of the unpredictably imaginative tales in this fascinating collection by a modern master of science fiction.

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Turning On

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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Rule Golden

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight