Time and Stars Author:Poul Anderson Man is threatened by smart machines and crafty aliens. Science fiction short story collection, with six stories. (1964) — No Time with Kings - Civil war in a future America that has resorted to feudalism in the years following nuclear holocaust. — Turning Point - an Earth vessel that lands on a distant world populated by scattered pre-technologica... more »l communities, only to make the startling discovery that the natives are a lot more intelligent than one would expect and they are picking up human language, science, and technology with lightning speed.
Escape from Orbit - A story about three astronauts stranded in orbit around the moon, and a colleague of theirs back on Earth who tries to beat the clock to save their lives, while wrestling with his own guilt about being safe at home.
Epilogue - novella about astronauts shot forward in time by a few billion years, who return to Earth to find the place has been overtaken by sentient hunter/gatherer machines.
The Critique of Impure Reason - When an "independently intelligent" robot designed for hazardous mining duty on Mercury decides it prefers to while away its time with pretentious novels and pompous critical journals, its designer launches a massive literary hoax in order to get the robot turned back to its originally intended duty.
Eve Times Four - funny tall tale about four women shipwrecked on a remote planet with a cocksure and arrogant male pilot.« less