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Mutants: Eleven Stories of Science Fiction
Mutants Eleven Stories of Science Fiction Author:Robert Silverberg (editor) A virus attains intelligent consciousness. — Men search desperately for normal infants after an atomic war. — A mind-reading three-year-old with enormous powers holds an entire village in terror. — Evolution takes a turn in reverse. — A trifling shift in the genetic structure of a dahlia has remarkable consequences for mankind. — Mutant ants get a ch... more »ance to rule the world.
The theme of mutations, genetic changes in living things, has long been one of science fiction's favorites. In this anthology, authors Poul Anderson and F.N. Waldrop, Jerome Bixby, Forrest J. Ackerman, Frederik Pohl, Mark Clifton, Ralph Milne Farley, Brian W. Aldiss, Terry Carr, Robert Silverberg, R.A. Lafferty, and James Blish explore the subject in eleven stories that demonstrate science fiction's marvelous diversity. Some of the mutants represented differ from their parents in just one relatively inconspicuous, but startling, trait; others show immense and fantastic degrees of variation. Some of them look normal, but have extraordinary mental powers; other mutations result in two-headed people, giant insects, or giant man-eating plants that rule a bizarre green world.
None of it could happen. Or could it? The possibilities suggested are often amusing, but also appalling--and that makes the reading all the more engrossing.« less