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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
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A Reasonable World

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Plague...or paradise? 2005 A.D. Six years have passed since the alien Symbionts invaded Sea Venture, Earth's largest ocean habitat. Now, despite the government's best attempts at quarantine, the Symbionts have spread all over the planet, infecting the bodies of both humans and animals - and slowly, subtly forcing mankind in new directions. Once possessed by the Symbionts, men and women become smarter, wiser - or else they die. War and violence are punished by instant execution from within. A new era dawns, but there are those who would turn back the millennium, who will stop at nothing to prevent...A Reasonable World.

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Beyond the Barrier

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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The Observers

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

McNulty's Disease has escaped the Sea Venture and is now epidemic on land. The disease kills only a few of its victims...but no one knows what long-term effects it has on those who survive. For the public's safety, the U.S. government sets up a giant internment camp on the old CV herself, and attempts to find as many survivors as possible to keep safely on board the ship. Fortunately, Julie Prescott has a most resourceful and clever husband (he used to be a high-priced hired killer) who doesn't want his wife locked up forever. So he sets himself up against the entire government bureaucracy - with remarkable results.

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Hell's Pavement

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

A voice in your brain warning you away from that one drink too many, or the crime of violence, guiding your every move from birth to death - that's the Analogue Machine, a terrifying and ingenious psychological device for compelling conformity. Analogue Men is an exploration of man and society written with dazzling ingenuity and plausibility.

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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

A collection of cutting-edge SF stories from one of the grand masters of science fiction, including:Rule GoldenTo protect the galaxy, Aza-Kra came from a world where violence and cruelty ceased to exist. To him, Earth was a jungle.The Dying ManIn a century that holds the secret of immortality, Claire and Dio find love impossible - until Dio discovers he is mortal.Natural StateAD 2064. Were the cities doomed? Were the plants and animals and people who lived outside more efficient than any machine that could be built? Alvah Gustad, actor and patriot, leaves New York for an unusual mission.

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Mind Switch

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Time Switch at the Zoo.One day Martin Naumchik, reporter for Paris Soir, visited the Berlin Zoo. He was standing outside the spacious cage housing the newly-acquired Brecht Biped, Fritz, when the world seemed to lurch.Then he was no longer outside the cage looking in, but inside looking out. He was no longer Martin Naumchik. He was Fritz, the Biped, that strange celestial animal from a world eighteen light-years away.At the same time, Fritz, who had lived almost all his life in Hamburg Zoo, also felt the lurching motion. And found himself standing outside his cage in the body of Martin Naumchik, looking at the frantic Biped inside, who was beating with both hands on the glass.

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Double Meaning

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

The fate of the Earth Empire hung in the balance - and Security Commissioner Spangler knew it was up to him to find the monster, the Rithian Terror, as some called it. Seven Rithians had landed on Earth. Six had been disposed of. One was loose.Surely, Spangler reasoned, the stereoptic fluoroscope would flush it out. 'That's one test the Rithian can't meet, no matter how good his human disguise may be.' Spangler explained to Pembun, the strange, little Colonial who had been sent to help find the monster. But Pembun didn't agree. 'The trouble,' he said, 'is that the Rithi have no bones. Which would be indication enough under a fluoroscope, if it weren't for the fact that it can easily swallow a skeleton.'Spangler shuddered.

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World without Children and The Earth Quarter

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Alien Ghetto.The men of Earth were spread thin across the galaxy - and little welcome where they did appear. They lived on sufferance, disliked by their hosts and intent on spreading hatred to the stars! Unable to live in peace in their own worlds, they would sow their seeds of discontent among the peoples of the galaxy, as all the hatreds of mankind simmered under alien rule. But revolution against Earth's alien hosts would mean - for all mean - the end of the stars!

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The Man in the Tree

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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CV

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Sea Venture, CV for short, is the largest ocean-going vessel ever built by man. It is not a ship but a huge sea habitat housing a scientific research station, an entire city of two thousand permanent residents and a thousand passengers.For some, CV is the vacation dream of a lifetime; for others, a vision of man's conquest of the seas; for two men it becomes the arena for a deadly game of cat and mouse.But for one, CV is something else: a place to stalk its next victim. It is not human, it is not even of Earthly origin. To be touched by it is deadly.What important are the hopes and dreams, fears and schemes of the people of Sea Venture when they are threatened by a force that could destroy all of human civilization?

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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

Brilliant invention, a rich sense of humour, an equal facility for describing ideas and technologies - these are the ingredients of Knight's extraordinary talent as an SF writer. This collection of stories takes the reader from the death bed of the last man on earth to the unlikely demise of a vegetable vampire - and proves that Knight was at the top of his form.

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Rule Golden

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight

Five startling and provocative voyages into the future, by one of the most respected authors in science fiction - Rule Golden, Natural State, The Dying Man, Double Meaning and The Earth Quarter.