The Infinite Arena Author:Terry Carr (Editor) Will there be sports in man's future? Science fiction says, "Well, yes and no." Yes, there will be sports -- of a sort. No, they won't necessarily be the same sports we know today. — Editor Terry Carr has collected the views of seven science-fiction veterans on this subject and presents them here in an anthology about the ways in which men may co... more »mpete in centuries to come.
1) - In "JOY IN MUDVILLE" by Poul Anderson & Gordon R. Dickson, the bear-faced natives of Toka defend their baseball championship of the Interbeing League.
2) - In "BULLARD REFLECTS" by Malcolm Jameson, the Dazzle Dart champions turn their athletic gifts against a crew of murderous invaders.
3) - In "THE BODY BUILDERS" by Keith Laumer, a fighter exchanges his own heavyweight frame for the body of a jockey, and is promptly challenged to fight.
4) - In "THE GREAT KLADNAR RACE" by Robert Silverber & Randall Garrett, bored earthmen try to get up a morning line from among the low-slung, six-legged kladnars of Gornik VII.
5) - In "MR. MEEK PLAYS POLO" by Clifford D. Simak, a visitor to Saturn finds his game of space polo being masterminded by a group of educated bugs.
6) - In "SUNJAMMER" by Arthur C. Clarke, space vehicles are powered only by their vast, mile-high plastic sails which are propelled by the sun.
7) - In "RUN TO STARLIGHT" by George R. R. Martin, earthling footballers are faced with a team of squat, super-powerful Brish-diri.
Sports fans or not, readers will enjoy this engaging compendium -- fantastic athletes, frantic coaches, and all.« less