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Bliss

by Katherine Mansfield

Like, The Garden Party, these stories are beautifully written and character-driven. You learn more and more about the people by the things they say and do. Some of the stories are tedious expositions of petty people, but all are worth reading.
I would read one, then read something else, and when I went back to read the next, be surprised by the talent of the author. I liked, Pictures, best. It is a simple story of a destitute singer past her prime, trying to make a living as an actress. It reminded me of Robert Frost's wicked poem, Provide, Provide.
As in Garden Party, no one gets shot, and there are no space ships, pirates, or detectives, so you've been warned

Reviewed on 2014.08.23

Anchorite

by Gordon Randall Garrett

There is quite a lot of good physics in this: weight, mass, momentum, laws of motion, etc. in zero or low gravity. The plot concerns a two-person expedition to the asteroid belt by the one-world Earth government to investigate the steep fatality rate among asteroid prospectors. The Earth has turned into a welfare state, so naturally they are highly concerned about their asteroid colonies' citizens.

If you like, you can pretend it was written by Ayn Rand, though the science, character development, plotting, descriptions are much better than she ever managed.

Reviewed on 2013.05.13

The Anglers of Arz

by Roger D. Aycock

Each morning, two of the dominant life form of Arz are eaten by dragons, which are eaten by squid-things. Farrell couldn't figure out why, and he got a little involved in his investigation.

Not a bad story, nothing special; you'll probably figure out what's going on before the space ship crewmen do.

Reviewed on 2013.05.13

All That Goes Up

by Kirby Brooks

Jimmy comes home from MIT and invents an anti-gravity panel whose effects don't stop when you turn it off.

It's a mildly amusing story full of stereotypes. I could see it acted out by the cast of the Ozzie and Harriet Show.

Reviewed on 2013.05.13

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