Nova 2 Author:Harry Harrison (editor) Science fiction has traditionally had its pages studded with fabulous gadgets and machines, a prediction of the wonders held in store for the man of the future by advances in technology. However, today many people are becoming aware that having a more advanced technology is not the answer to happiness. For it is becoming increasingly obvious t... more »hat an unthinking proliferation of machinery could not only fail to improve the quality of life, but actually destroy it. Pollution and the separation of human considerations from decision-making bare but two of the dangers inherent in over-industrialization.
Science fiction writers, aware of these concerns, are beginning to rethink their attitudes towards technology. Harry Harrison has collected in this anthology fourteen stories that question the role of science. They are stories by writers who are concerned about their craft, concerned with breaking down the wall between science fiction and literature. And many are tales sparked by wit--deliberate humor becoming a characteristic of this new school.« less