The Creatures of Man

The Creatures of Man

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Genres: Science Fiction, Fiction, Fantasy

Language: English

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The Creatures of Man
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A future war is being fought across the galaxy and the key to victory can be found on the legendary lost world where humanity originated - Earth. But even if the lost home world can be found, there may be no place for humans on it anymore. The once-lowly creatures who are now the sole inhabitants, and which mankind dominated in ages past, have been raised to a high level of intelligence and the future they plan is not one with any room for the former rulers of the planet. This future saga is here assembled for the first time, as well as several bonus short novels in a huge volume of highly original space adventure.

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  •    Shakasa Erhardtz
    2020
    NOT ONLY STRANGER THAN YOU IMAGINE, STRANGER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
    In a distant future when humans no longer need spaceships, but hurtle between the stars faster than light, propelled and protected by implants in their bodies, the galaxy has been divided between two battling factions who contend for dominance by economic maneuvering. Each side is determined to overwhelm the other, and is likely to abandon the "Econo-War" for a genuine shooting war if it thinks that defeat is imminent. Only one thing can avert the looming disaster: a talisman of great, almost supernatural power which has been lost for millennia on a minor world called Earth.

    Here, The Econo-War is collected in one continuous novel-length narrative for the first time, along with other dazzling visions of future worlds: A planet where well-meaning busybodies from Earth try to "cure" the inhabitants of their craving for the exotic drug chocolate ... another planet where insects dimly recall myths of the humans who gave them intelligence before departing for the stars, and wonder if the strange creatures will ever return ... a brilliant concert pianist whose twin is the target of an inexplicable assassination plot which he must foil—because he and his "twin" share the same brain ... an intelligent weapon which was instructed billions of years ago to obliterate a race, but whose mission was frustrated by a slight malfunction—until now... and much more by a unique and original master of science fiction adventure.

    "In the 1960s, Myers' stories came pouring out—almost every one of them excellent, ranging from the chilling to some of the wittiest science fiction stones ever written." —Eric Flint and Guy Gordon

    Publisher's Note: Among insiders, Baen Books has become quite renowned for its penchant for "rediscovering" great SF, and Eric Flint has become famous for compiling and editing old greats. You probably haven't met "Verge Foray" (pen-name of Howard L. Myers) before. Well, lucky you; this is your chance to test out Baen's reputation, and Eric's, plus you have a pretty good shot at several hours of solid, edifying entertainment. —Jim Baen

    Published 5/1/2003
    SKU: 0743436075
    Ebook Price: $4.00

    Baen Free Library Book
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  •    JoJoramar Gilfarb
    2020
    I enjoyed reading this book, overall, more than I thought I would. It has eleven short stories that are 'stand alones' and the rest of the book is composed of a collection called the 'econo-war.' The 'econo-war' 'series' is interesting in that the stories are arranged as Eric Flint sees fit [I assume he did some kind of research to determine the order of the stories] and not necessarily in the order in which they are written [for instance, the 'last' econo-war story in the volume was written before the other stories, making it the 'first' story when it is the 'last' story]. The stand alone stories moved at a pretty good clip. The econo-war stories kind of dragged.

    I think part of the reason why I enjoyed reading this collection is that it seemed to be more unique than other stories. There is a race of beings that becomes addicted to chocolate, there is a planet set aside by humanity specifically for certain insects [bees, ants, butterflies, and spiders]. There is a dystopian story where dogs apparently are the 'ruling class' [at least, that is how it seemed to me, that the dogs let humans live in order to act as a mobile larder for the dogs]. I also liked how humanity could not travel through outer space wearing nothing but shorts, boots, and a shirt. [Obviously there have been technological enhancements that allow humans to survive the harsh environment of outer space, but I still enjoyed reading about the concept].

    The worst story is 'the Earth of Nenkunal', and that is primarily due to a man raping a child who had been 'cursed' to turn into a woman in two weeks time. Despite the woman having the mind and experiences of a child and her 'protector' knowing this, the 'hero' rapes her. This was bad enough, but then the author has the 'woman-child' enjoy the experience!?! [It reminded me of the second 'Colossus' book, where the professor's wife is continually raped until she comes to love her rapist guard.] I do not get this mindset, that women enjoy being raped and want to be raped. Anyway. Worst part of the book.

    I enjoyed 'Creatures of Man' and 'the Psychivore' the most. 'the Reluctant Weapon' was also pretty crazy and kind of sad, in a bizarre sort of way. Or maybe more melancholy, as the weapon could not fulfill its mission due to the race it was searching for having been extinct for billions of years . 'Health Hazard' was pretty good; it was kind of funny and had an interesting twist to it the planet's inhabitants becoming addicted to chocolate; humans attempting to modify the natives' survival instincts so that they could better survive on the planet .

    'Fit for a Dog' was disturbing. I doubt it could be released today due to the dogs focusing on eating homosexuals and other humans they deemed as non-prolific in terms of bearing children .

    'Practice' was kind of weird. It involves a batch of 'children' who are telepathic; since they can read thoughts, they are understandably upset when their adult teachers have inappropriate [sexual] thoughts directed at the children and at each other. That story made me a bit uncomfortable.

    Overall, I enjoyed reading this collection. I did not necessarily like or enjoy everything in the collection, but I enjoyed it, overall.





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