A Pride of Monsters Author:James H. Schmitz The future reveals a host of unearthly creatures in five super-suspenseful stories by James H. Schmitz. A Pride of Monsters is pure science fiction: stark horror couched in repulsive shapes of the unknown; shadowy, unspoken fears and terrifying nightmares suddenly assuming the inescapable immediacy of physical form. The author depicts m... more »en and women desperately pitting native intelligence against these wildly freakish forces,as the fate of the human race hangs in the balance.
Four of the episodes take place outside earthly confines. In The Searcher, Danestar Gems, a sleuthing beauty with tremendous technological skill, finds herself confronted by a lethal mass of fiery, radioactive energy from outer-space. And The Winds of Time introduces the janandra, a malevolent, frighteningly intelligent monster who owns its ostensible master, and terrorizes a charted spaceship. The Pork Chop Tree features a strange new form of plant life that loves its victims to a spiritual death.
All the characters in these stories are exposed to essentially the same dilemma: confrontation with a formidable unknown. in each case, the problem for man is still what it was when he faced terror with no more than a club. The paralyzing emotions of fear, dread, and revulsion must be overcome by human ingenuity and the instinctive urge to stay alive. Human is pitted against superhuman in five fascinating encounters. The suspense is - literallly killing.
Contains "Lion Loose," "The Searcher," "The Winds of Time," The Pork Chop Tree," and "Greenface."« less