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First of all, I may give away some spoilers, but, David Lee Summers in his anthology "Full-Throttle Space Tales #4: Space Horrors" does this too. This is because the contents page of this anthology is split into five titled sections, and they are "Man's Own Inhumanity", "Alien Menaces", "Seductive Vampires", "The Spirit Realm" and "Shambling Zombies", so you know what you're getting into with each story. Kinda. So, while most of these stories wouldn't be out of place in a fifties pulp or digest magazine, and while I'll try not to give too much away, I'm not really giving anything away that the book itself doesn't already give away.
*****There is a bloody mutiny, and after being imprisoned, the second-in-command of a man-shaped ambulatory planetary surveying automation has escaped his imprisonment and is loose in the innards of the vessel. In 'The Walking Man' by Glynn Barrass the crew is insane, possessed by an unknown evil, and now Sidal is trying to stop the ship and the crew from committing mass-murder on a near-by colony. This is an almost perfect pulp story merged with a sixties type of inventiveness. Four stars.
*****In the story 'Natural Selection' by Simon Bleaken, cold-fish Rebecca Aaron has no truck with the human race, so she gets a plum job studying a primitive alien race that resembles a form of giant cockroach on the hostile planet Karisoke. There is a twist at the end that will make readers and fans of Fredric Brown giddy, as the tables are turned on Aaron, and which twist would have landed this story in any issue of John Campbell's "Astounding/Analog". Four fun stars.
*****In the story 'Chosen One' by Dana Bell, a space cat and her human etch a living among the asteroids when the cat encounters an original follower of Bast.Read more ›
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