Journeys in Science Fiction Author:Richard L. Loughlin, Lilian M. Popp Journeys in Science Fiction offers outstanding examples of many types of imaginative writing from the past and the present. In every story or play included in this collection, human beings apply, misapply, defy, or suffer from some scientific or seemingly scientific principle. For example, the heat of the sun melts the wax on the wings of Icarus... more » and hatches the egg of the ancient AEpyornis bird. One scientist teaches speech to a cat, another removes a birthmark and a beauty, and a third achieves metempsychosis, or after-life. A robot murders his maker. The center of the earth - the last frontier, now that space is being invaded - is explored. Using the "principles" of physics, a cool-headed sailor saves his life but is white-haired ever after. A slow learner from outer space lands his ship in a rose garden and finds himself in "hot water". A puzzling stranger crosses out a crossword puzzle expert.
Comedy and tragedy, fact and fancy, mythology and "space-ology" whirl through the pages of Journeys in Science Fiction. Like brilliant meteors, these stories have sparkling tails: the names of shining authors. Bulfinch, Hawthorne, Poe, Kipling, Verne, "Saki", Asimov, Heinlein, Finney, and other lights in the literary sky prove that nothing is impossible in the imagination. "Few things are impossible to diligence and skill," said Dr. Samuel Johnson. With this in mind, we had better start preparing ourselves for a life of inner peace in outer space. Reading this book will help us limber up our imaginations for the leap into orbit. Let's take a giant step!« less