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Natural State

Damon Knight

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Fiction, Science fiction

A collection of cutting-edge SF stories from one of the grand masters of science fiction, including:

Rule Golden
To protect the galaxy, Aza-Kra came from a world where violence and cruelty ceased to exist. To him, Earth was a jungle.

The Dying Man
In a century that holds the secret of immortality, Claire and Dio find love impossible - until Dio discovers he is mortal.

Natural State
AD 2064. Were the cities doomed Were the plants and animals and people who lived outside more efficient than any machine that could be built Alvah Gustad, actor and patriot, leaves New York for an unusual mission.

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Damon Knight

Damon Francis Knight was born in Oregon in 1922. He is regarded as one of the most important figures in modern science fiction, having made significant contributions to the field as an author, editor and critic. Knight co-founded the Milford Writers' Conference, the influential Clarion Workshop and the Science Fiction Writers of America, serving as its first president from 1965-67. Around this time he also made his reputation as one of the field's foremost anthologists. Beginning with reprint collections, in 1966 he launched the influential Orbit series of original anthologies. Starting with Orbit 1, the series would continue for over a decade, concluding in 1980 with Orbit 21. Orbit was the longest running and most influential anthology series in SF up to that point, showcasing such important authors as Gene Wolfe, R.A. Lafferty and Knight's third wife, Kate Wilhelm. A master of short fiction, Damon Knight is best known in wider circles as the author of TO SERVE MANKIND, which was adapted for THE TWILIGHT ZONE and later spoofed in a Hallowe'en episode of THE SIMPSONS. He was granted the SFWA's GRAND MASTER AWARD in 1995, and in 2002, SFWA renamed it the DAMON KNIGHT GRAND MASTER AWARD in his honour. He died in 2002.

For more information see www.sf-encyclopedia.com/entry/knight_damon

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