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Length: 640 pages Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled

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  • File Size: 1165 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Baen Books; 1 edition (May 1, 2003)
  • Publication Date: May 1, 2003
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00ARPJ8ZQ
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on January 18, 2013
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This collection of shorter stories was written several decades ago. It could have been written yesterday. There is an interesting and tragic back story for the author, which is worthwhile following up. The anthology consists of several unrelated stories, and a collection with common protagonists spanning time and space. The stories explore political changes written in the light of the cold war era, and the effects of time on humanity's development. A very worthwhile read.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Benny Robles on April 19, 2013
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Brilliantly written and superbly staged from the short stories to the books about the econowar. Wish he had written more. None the less I am grateful to have found this treasure of literary genius. I enjoyed every word.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Madeline Spencer on March 8, 2014
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Some of these stories have truly fascinating and imaginative premises. I loved "The Creatures of Man", "Partner", and "Health Hazard". But the ideas in "The Chalice Cycle" about the culture of religion vs the culture of magic are interesting the way Swift's "A Modest Proposal" is interesting. The author attempts to explain women's attitudes about sex in a plausible but incredibly simplistic and callous way, describing women as confused by conflicting ideas that their bodies are both sacred and dirty, but then implying that if it weren't for this conflict women would never say no to sex.
The main character rapes a woman who is then "cured" of the influence of religion and immediately falls in love with him. And I do mean immediately-- with the help of magic, we get from from "She lay there in comatose apathy, too exhausted to cry," to her kissing him and giggling and saying she wants him to do it again, in half an hour. And did I mention that she's only an adult woman in outward appearance, she's actually a six year old child who was cursed to age rapidly? And the main character knows perfectly well that her mind is not as adult as her body? I expect misogyny from the 1960s; I don't expect child rape.
I don't understand how the editors can just ignore this to go on about what a fascinating cycle of stories this is.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MsAnnie on February 25, 2013
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I usually do not take time to read short Science Fiction stories because I want more from them. I read the introduction that Mr. Flint and Mr. Gordon put together. Since I have a lot of respect for Mr. Flint, I had to read on and see if Mr. Myers was that good. I haven't even finished the book/stories and I'm totally captured. What a loss to us that Mr. Myers only wrote for a few years. He was so good, that I'm almost glad they are short stories. Otherwise, I would get nothing accomplished but reading. As it is, it is difficult for me to put down "The Creatures of Man" without completing each story - first. So far, his stories makes me dream, dreams of futures worth exploring. For Mr. Flint and Mr. Gordon, I can say that I will remember Howard L Myers, and I am grateful for your bring him out of obscurity. Mr. Myers imagination was brilliant. I think that the worlds he created could be expanded into even bigger things.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jerry Nowlin on August 13, 2013
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The Creatures of Man is free for the kindle. This book would be a bargain even if they charged for it. It contains a great series of 19 hard science fiction stories. Some short and some long. All worth reading.

None of the stories in this book are stinkers. They take place far into Earth's future. Can you imagine a butterfly with intelligence? Can you imagine a non-human telepathic intelligence that rules an entire planetary system? Can you imagine a future where money is in units of admiration? These stories should be read in order, because some follow the long standing econo-war between the Lontastan Federation and the Primgran Commonality. I enjoyed every tale. Very highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jankanz on June 11, 2013
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Some great concepts here that are not on par with Richard Morgan and Neal Asher, but unlike these two authors, Myers work is definitely lighter and more focused on entertainment than creating an in-depth, harsh universe. In a sense it is a good break if you happen to feel worn out from more harshly graphic contemporary sci-fi and want to do some lighter reading. For me the best stories were the first few works before the oddly flat fantasy story in the middle and the conceptually interesting but light on details Econo-War stories at the end. It is a shame this author died so young as I would have enjoyed following his body of work over a longer period of time.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2013
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I don't normally write reviews but I thought this collection and author deserved it. The tragic back story of a promising career cut short really got my interest. And the stories are great and reminded me how much I use to enjoy short stories. There is really a great deal of skill required to write a good one and they are a great way to explore novel ideas and unexpected endings without having to create whole worlds in depth and long, twisted plots. Myers did a fantastic job of this and I really enjoyed his strange ideas. That it was free was amazing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Bill Groves on March 16, 2013
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I LOVE sci fi and read it a lot. Like most books, some of the stories are better than others. I'm only half way through this one. Some are good, some not so good, but none great or really memorable so far. None are terrible either. It might get better. The writing is well done, easy to read, and not filled with technical jargon, which I dislike. It was really cheap, and as such is worth the read as long as you're not expecting something to knock your socks off.
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