The 19th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 16 Stories by Charles V. de Vet (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 19)

By Charles V. De Vet

The Golden Age of technology Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to vintage technology fiction writers who may rather be forgotten.

Charles V. de Vet wrote greater than 50 brief tales for technological know-how fiction magazines, starting with The unforeseen Weapon for Amazing Stories in September 1950 (included here). After a a number of yr hiatus, de Vet turned lively as a author back within the overdue Nineteen Seventies and early Nineteen Eighties. This assortment specializes in his early, extra adventurous works.

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Over the previous couple of years, our “Megapack” sequence of book anthologies has proved to be certainly one of our most well liked endeavors. (Maybe it is helping that we occasionally supply them as charges to our mailing list!) One query we preserve getting requested is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except the place particularly credited) are a gaggle attempt. every person at Wildside works on them. This comprises John Betancourt, Mary Wickizer Burgess, Sam Cooper, Carla Coupe, Steve Coupe, Bonner Menking, Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Robert Reginald. A. E. Warren, and plenty of of Wildside’s authors… who frequently recommend tales to incorporate (and not only their own!)

Contents:
Gramp
Metamorphosis
Lorelei
Specimen
Infinity’s Child
Postman’s Holiday
Countercheck
Female of the Species
No Time for Change
Bunzo Farewell
Delay—Temporary
Track of the Beast
The unforeseen Weapon
Growing Up on tremendous Muddy
I Take This Earthman
A Little Knowledge

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