The 19th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 16 Stories by Charles V. de Vet (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 19)

By Charles V. De Vet

The Golden Age of technological know-how Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to vintage technological know-how fiction writers who may 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 (included here). After a a number of 12 months hiatus, de Vet grew to become lively as a author back within the past due Nineteen Seventies and early Eighties. This assortment makes a speciality of his early, extra adventurous works.

About the Megapacks
Over the previous few years, our “Megapack” sequence of e-book anthologies has proved to be one among our preferred endeavors. (Maybe it is helping that we occasionally supply them as rates to our mailing list!) One query we retain getting requested is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except the place in particular credited) are a bunch attempt. every body at Wildside works on them. This comprises 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!)

Contents:
Gramp
Metamorphosis
Lorelei
Specimen
Infinity’s Child
Postman’s Holiday
Countercheck
Female of the Species
No Time for Change
Bunzo Farewell
Delay—Temporary
Track of the Beast
The unforeseen Weapon
Growing Up on sizeable Muddy
I Take This Earthman
A Little Knowledge

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