The 28th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 15 Stories by Edward Wellen (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 28)
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The Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to classic science fiction writers who might otherwise be forgotten.
Edward Paul Wellen (1919-2011) wrote primarily short stories throughout his long career, primarily in both the mystery field, but also (especially early in his career) in science fiction magazines. This is the second collection of his science fiction stories we have published, and it's another good one.
About the Megapacks
Over the last few years, our “Megapack” series of ebook anthologies has proved to be one of our most popular endeavors. (Maybe it helps that we sometimes offer them as premiums to our mailing list!) One question we keep getting asked is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except where specifically credited) are a group effort. Everyone at Wildside works on them. This includes John Betancourt, Mary Wickizer Burgess, Sam Cooper, Carla Coupe, Steve Coupe, Bonner Menking, Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Robert Reginald. A. E. Warren, and many of Wildside’s authors… who often suggest stories to include (and not just their own!)
• “Origins of Galactic Law” was originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1953.
• “The Big Cheese” was originally published in Imagination, May 1953.
• “Root of Evil” was originally published in Science Stories, December 1953.
• “The Voices” was originally published in Universe, March 1954.
• “The World in the Juke Box” was originally published in Infinity, August 1956.
• “The Superstition Seeders” was originally published in Infinity, December 1956.
• “The Engrammar Age” was originally published in Infinity, February 1957.
• “Utter Silence” was originally published in Infinity, February 1957.
• “Army Without Banners” was published in Galaxy, April 1957.
• “Sweet Dreams” was originally published in Infinity, July 1957.
• “Dr. Vickers’ Car” was originally published in Infinity, October 1957.
• “Note for a Time Capsule” was originally published in Infinity, March 1958.
• “Old Hat” was originally published in Amazing Stories, May 1958.
• “IOU” was originally published in If, March 1961.
• “Deadly Game” was originally published in If, May 1962.
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have become a cause for wild surmise. You probably know what the rating services are (“were,” to you; but I don’t want to tense this document up). Most people nowadays don’t know about the rating services; they know of them. Every so often I hear someone say darkly, “I don’t know about those polls. I’ve never had a call from them and no one I know has ever had a call from them.” I keep quiet or mumble something noncommittal. I could say, truthfully, “I do know about those polls. They ring me up
her groping hand. “Ouch!” The roses scattered. Margaret sucked her thumb. But no one could look at Rush and stay mad. The preset was switching channels. “Not another debate?” Another investigation in the making; the networks were on a public-service kick. Margaret spluttered indignant chocolate. “Not just another. There’ll be Neal McGillicuddy Cloy! He’s real good. You know?” “Ig.” Neal McGillicuddy Cloy, professional optimist, doctor of business ethics, etc. Sickening. But Cloy was a
caused the newcomers to take them for IOU conspirators and to wade into them bloodily. Margaret raised the volume. * * * * Otto Trever nodded absent farewell to the door-angel. This was it, the obit to end all obits. But he felt regret for all he had to leave behind. Spatially the obit waiting in the necrofile lay behind; temporally it lay before. Why in many-mansioned possibility must he fix on only one, possibly free, choice? Deaf and blind to the Zealots, Trever passed through them along a
by stacking the deck to present Trever always with the same card. Now it gazed after the vanishing figure and realized what was O. The man had forgotten to take his umbrella. The door-angel hurried in and retrieved the battle-scarred umbrella, but by then the man was rounding out of sight. The weather bureau had switched on a breeze. The door-angel’s wings trembled. The door-angel eyed the vanes in the traffic lanes above and beyond the autowalks. It spread its wings and moved them. Its makers