By John Brunner

Accrued whilst Brunner used to be on the top of his writing shape, this even dozen of his brief tales, with an advantage poem thrown into the combo, deals provocative principles and exciting motion combined with conceptions of the inevitable destiny, the inventable destiny, the exchange destiny, the longer term to be shunned, and the long run that's occasionally straight away. A heady brew.

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