From Publishers Weekly
This collection of stories and nonfiction primarily showcases the unique ideas that earned Breuer (1889-1947) recognition as a pioneering writer in the early days of modern science fiction. In the title story, a crippled man's prosthetic body continues operating after his death. "Mars Colonizes" answers The War of the Worlds, suggesting the Martians might do better to just move to Earth and buy up real estate. Breuer's most famous story, "The Gostok and the Doshes," carries its protagonist to another dimension, where nations go to war over an incomprehensible nonsense phrase; while not tremendously sophisticated, it does rise toward eloquent irony as a satire on totalitarian nationalism. Though more imaginative than eloquent, Breuer's work is worthwhile reading for anyone interested in the genre's early influences.
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"If, like a Breuer character, Breuer could journey forward to see this collection, he would have been pleased."—Ed Park, Los Angeles Times Book Review
(Ed Park Los Angeles Times Book Review
“I’m happy to see Breuer rediscovered. He was a pioneer of American science fiction.”—the late Jack Williamson, author of The Humanoids
(Jack Williamson 20080102)
“I have a great admiration for the writing pioneers who opened the territory for the rest of us, and Miles J. Breuer was one of the most important. I’ll always think of him along with Jack Williamson, who welcomed me into the group and collaborated with me, as Breuer collaborated with him. As Heinlein urged, ‘Pay it forward.’ But we also have to pay it back.”—James Gunn, author of The Listeners
(James Gunn 20080102)