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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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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

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
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Natural State

Damon Knight
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Damon Knight
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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
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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
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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.