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By Frederik Pohl

ISBN-10: 0795321686

ISBN-13: 9780795321689

Even though the 3 half serial starting within the June 1952 factor in collaboration with Cyril Kornbluth had validated Frederik Pohl as an impressive contributor, this novelette within the April 1954 factor was once his first solo contribution and marked him as a major addition to the turning out to be roster of social satirists enlisted by means of Horace Gold, the editor of GALAXY journal. The audacious and patchwork proposal underlying this tale (the richer you're the much less you're pressured to devour; the best poverty is concerned with the aggregation of products) used to be Horace Gold’s and in response to Pohl he had provided it to nearly all of his general individuals, inquiring for a narrative situated at the notion. the belief lacks all credibility, every person (including Pohl) informed him and everybody refused to write down anything so patently unimaginable till, in keeping with Pohl, Horace browbeat him into an try and Pohl determined that it used to be much less difficulty to carry anything than proceed to withstand. To his utter surprise, the tale used to be got by means of Gold and his readership with nice glee, was once one of the hottest GALAXY ever released (or Pohl) and essentially the most anthologized. even if this proven the audacity and scope of Gold’s unreason or even if it proven Gold’s genius (or either) Pohl was once totally not able to choose. The sculpted consumer-obsessed society used to be used back via Pohl many years later within the novelette "The guy Who Ate the World" which used to be way more credible (consumption-obsession as one of those own tyranny) and, probably for that very cause, less profitable, slightly remembered.

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The histories created by those who follow after us will be riddled with falsehoods and fabrications. They will not know why we turned from the Lion. They will know nothing of our motives, but you can know them. You can know it all. Come listen, and you will hear my secrets. Come listen, and we will talk of Luther and Lion El’Jonson. We will talk of schism and civil war. We will give voices to the dead. Come, listen, hear my secrets. Let us talk of the Dark Angels and the beginnings of their fall.

So it went on. They asked questions about warhorses, about hunting beasts, about pistols, swords, lances, strategy and wilderness survival. They asked him about the dangers of sweetroot flowers, the most secure places to seek shelter in the forest during an unexpected storm and how to recognise the difference between the tracks of a mellei bird and a raptor. They asked him to explain the decisions that needed to be made in setting up an ambush, what warning signs a commander should look out for when adopting a defensive perimeter, and what was the best way to attack an enemy who had the advantages of both higher ground and a fixed position.

Zahariel tried not to feel disappointed at the warrior before him, but where he had expected a towering hero of legend, the equal of the Lion, he now saw that Brother Amadis was simply a man. He knew he should have expected no more, but to see the warrior who had lived in his heroic dreams for as long as he could remember as just a man of flesh and blood, who did not tower over them like some mighty leviathan of legend, was somehow less than he had hoped for. Yet, even as he tried to come to terms with the reality of seeing that his hero was, after all, just a man, he saw there was something indefinable to him.

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