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The Edge of Tomorrow [Kindle Edition]

Howard Fast
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Vintage science fiction tales from an American master

Big bugs, cloned cats, and feral star-children play leading roles in the seven stories that make up Fast’s unconventional and thought-provoking collection. The Edge of Tomorrow is a significant foray into science fiction by one of the twentieth century’s most prolific novelists. In looking beyond our universe, Fast reveals much about the America of his time—where the Cold War and a nascent civil rights movement stoked unconscious fears and desires. From “The First Men,” about scientists tampering with genetic engineering, to “The Large Ant,” about a man’s thoughtless violence against nature, these stories are as relevant today as when they were first written.
 
This ebook features an illustrated biography of Howard Fast including rare photos from the author’s estate.


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“Howard Fast is fiercely American, he is one of ours, one of our very best!” —Los Angeles Times

About the Author

Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951). Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style.

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  • File Size: 1153 KB
  • Print Length: 120 pages
  • Publisher: Open Road Media (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006GKVX8Q
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #318,721 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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5.0 out of 5 stars now in the light of transhumanism March 18, 2007
Format:Paperback
Howard Fast is well known through his historical books or even novels as famous as Spartacus. In this little book he goes into the science fiction genre.

Particularly the first story, The first men, is based in the following premise: if the human children raised by animals become forever as the animal that took care of him, feral children... what would happen if a evolutionary change would take place, but it remains unnoticed since the new improved children are still raised by normal humans?

the answer is no less that incredible. And can be taken as a very good metaphore for all the coming events in the light of the inevitable transhuman ascension.

Along there is some other very good stuff, like a short story 'of time and cats' -first appeared in 1959- the original source of the chapter where Homer Simpson gets cloned and cloned..

A little collection not at all outdated even when much of it was written a long time ago.

I enter here to see if I could buy it again, my own copy from 1970 is almost gone, sheet of paper with no actual bonding, hopefully eventually someone would be so clever to published it once again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Stories With a Moral Twist November 10, 2013
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Howard Fast (1914--2003) was best known for his historical novels such as _The Unvanquished_ (1942), _Citizen Tom Paine_ (1943), _Sparticus_ (1951), and _April Morning_ (1961). Under the pseudonym E.V. Cunningham, he wrote several excellent mystery stories. _The Edge of Tomorrow_ (1961) is Fast's first collection of science fiction stories.

"The Large Ant" appeared in the penultimate issue of _Fantastic Universe_ as "The Big Ant" and was one of the most famous stories to appear in that magazine. It has since been reprinted many times. The other six tales all appeared in _Fantasy and Science Fiction_ between 1959 and 1960. Some (like "The First Men," "Cato the Martian," and "The Martian Shop") had some fame. Others (like "Of Time and Cats" and "The Sight of Eden") were little known beyond this collection.

"The Large Ant" is about a writer who encounters a large, antlike creature on a fishing trip. He instinctively kills it. But then he feels a sense of guilt. It does him no good to say that most other people would have done the same thing, for he feels that the human race is being judged as well-- and being found wanting.

"The First Men" is about a growing number of feral children who are appearing round the world. Is it a step forward in God's plan for peace? Or a step backward into bestiality?

"Cato the Martian" is a statesman who says that Earth must be destroyed, root and branch. One scholarly philosopher opposes him. Who proves to be right? Who proves to be righteous?

"The Martian Shop" is a terrific science fiction mystery. Three shops open in Japan, Paris, and New York City at the same time-- apparently staffed by Martians and offering fantastic products for sale. What is their game?
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5.0 out of 5 stars a must read for scfi lovers January 28, 2013
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there are many short tales, all of them full of incredible imagination. it is an old book, but filled with new energy
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2.0 out of 5 stars Not the book you're looking for... August 6, 2014
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Bought it thinking it would be along the lines of the movie. It was not. All they did was take one idea out of the book to make an entire movie. Had I known that I would not have bought it. The book on its own was ok.
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Howard Fast (1914-2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible Communist associates earned him a three-month prison sentence. During his incarceration, Fast wrote one of his best-known novels, Spartacus (1951). Throughout his long career, Fast matched his commitment to championing social justice in his writing with a deft, lively storytelling style.

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