Dark of the Woods/Soft Come the Dragons Author:Dean R. Koontz SOFT COME THE DRAGONS — Mutilated, mutant by-products of America's "Artificial Wombs" created by attempts at producing human weapons... — An American team of doctors sent to China to combat the runaway ultimate in biological warfare... — The genetically mutated daughter of LSD users, hiding her powers in order to survive society... — And Gabe, the v... more »ital, young man mistakenly locked in an antiseptic old-age ward...
The following stories are included in this book.
"Soft Come the Dragons" (1967)
"A Third Hand" (1970) [F&SF, Jan 1970]
"The Twelfth Bed" (1968)
"A Season for Freedom" (1977)
[revised and re-issued version of "Killerbot" (1969)]
"The Psychedelic Children" (1968)
"Dragon In the Land" (1969)
"To Behold the Sun" (1967)
DARK OF THE WOODS
Blessed shalt thou be in the city, and blessed shalt though be in the field.
Thou shalt be blessed above all...
Our holy empire of the Alliance of mankind has fulfilled our destiny. Remember the many heroic humans who have died in conquering the stars for you. Therefore, do not let misguided sympathy toward inferior and conquered animals deter you from your inherent title of divine rulers of the universe. Do not lose this birthright by succumbing to the "attractions" of any alien creature. Remember the penalties imposed by the Supremacy of Man party for this transgression.
Our blessings be with you as you follow in the paths of your brothers and sisters. We have faith in mankind and we have faith in you. But, however, should you falter from the paths of righteousness, we have many willing hands eager to show you the error of your ways....« less