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By Brian W. Aldiss

This re-creation of Brian Aldiss's vintage anthology brings jointly a various choice of technology fiction spanning over sixty years, from Isaac Asimov's 'Nightfall', first released in 1941, to the 2006 tale 'Friends in Need' through Eliza Blair. together with authors corresponding to Clifford Simak, Harry Harrison, Bruce Sterling, A. E. Van Vogt and Brian Aldiss himself, those tales painting struggles opposed to machines, epic trips, genetic experiments, time travelers and alien races. From tales set in the world, to uncanny a ways far-off worlds and historical burnt-out suns, the only consistent is humanity itself, forced by means of a regularly deadly interest to discover the boundless frontiers of time, house and chance.

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Acknowledging their homelessness, the Russian intelligentsia sought compensa­ tion in a religion of humanity. Thus arose their unlimited ethical demands, addressed, however, not to an individual but to a social milieu responsible for the pollution of an inherently good human nature. This motif reappears today in contemporary lay humanism with its longing for the end of alienation and thus, in fact, for the fulfillment of time, because that dream cannot be satisfied by anything less than the advent of a political system that main­ tains itself without any restraints and institutions.

The lie is tanta­ mount to demanding that both what is God's and what Caesar's be rendered unto Caesar—a citizen may be happy, but only at the price of complete obedience in all his thoughts and deeds. The disobedience of the Christians is, for Solovyov, a test thanks to which the ruler of genius reveals who he really is. Comparing the manuscript of Pansopheus with science fiction allows us to treat the time of writing as a set of possibilities appraised by the writer. Though explosive devices were being rapidly perfected in the nineteenth century, Jules Verne's con­ temporaries in general did not believe that such devices could land a man on the moon and read novels on that subject as amusing fables.

In 1918 he returned to independent Poland, where he lived mostly in Zakopane and Krakow. The experience he acquired was of an exceptional scope—in art, in life, in historical situations. " Przybyszewski proclaimed a manifesto in 1899 of the absolute supremacy of art over any other human activity and its complete independence from moral, social, or political considerations. Today his formulas sound curiously pre-Freudian: "in the beginning there was lust"; art is an outflow of the "naked soul" uniting man with the unconscious life of the universe.

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