The 14th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 17 Stories by Charles V. de Vet (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 14)

By Charles V. De Vet

The Golden Age of technological know-how Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to vintage technology fiction writers who may well rather be forgotten.

Charles V. de Vet wrote greater than 50 brief tales for technology fiction magazines, starting with The unforeseen Weapon for Amazing Stories in September 1950. After a a number of 12 months hiatus, de Vet turned energetic as a author back within the overdue Nineteen Seventies and early Eighties. This assortment spans the size of his profession, showcasing his abilities for vibrant characterization and intriguing storytelling.

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Over the previous couple of years, our “Megapack” sequence of publication anthologies has proved to be certainly one of our most well liked endeavors. (Maybe it is helping that we occasionally provide them as rates to our mailing list!) One query we continue getting requested is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except the place particularly credited) are a gaggle attempt. all people at Wildside works on them. This contains John Betancourt, Mary Wickizer Burgess, Sam Cooper, Carla Coupe, Steve Coupe, Bonner Menking, Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Robert Reginald. A. E. Warren, and plenty of of Wildside’s authors… who frequently recommend tales to incorporate (and not only their own!)

• “Alien’s Bequest” initially seemed in Galaxy Magazine, June 1967
• “Catalyst” initially seemed in Amazing Stories, August 1978
• “Duel” initially seemed in Amazing Stories, November 1978
• “Return Journey” initially seemed in The journal of myth & technological know-how Fiction, January 1961
• “Salty for the Cat” initially seemed in Amazing technology Fiction, September 1976
• “Special Feature” initially seemed in Astounding technology Fiction, might 1958
• “Seedling” initially seemed in Astounding technology Fiction, January 1959
• “Stopover” initially seemed in The Diversifier, #24 January 1978
• “Survival Characteristic” initially seemed in Amazing Stories, July 1977
• “Big Stupe” initially seemed in Galaxy technological know-how Fiction, March 1955
• “Delayed Action” initially seemed in Galaxy technology Fiction, September 1953
• “Monkey on His Back” initially seemed in Galaxy technological know-how Fiction, 1960
• “Return Journey” initially seemed in The journal of delusion & technological know-how Fiction, January 1961
• “There Is a Reaper…” initially seemed in Imagination, August 1953
• “Vital Ingredient” initially seemed in If, July 1952
• “Wheels Within” initially seemed in Galaxy technological know-how Fiction, may possibly 1952
• “Expendable” initially seemed in Analog technological know-how Fiction/Science Fact, January 1981

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