The 28th Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapack: 15 Stories by Edward Wellen (Golden Age of SF Megapack, Book 28)
The Golden Age of Science Fiction Megapacks are designed to introduce readers to classic science fiction writers who might otherwise be forgotten.
Edward Paul Wellen (1919-2011) wrote primarily short stories throughout his long career, primarily in both the mystery field, but also (especially early in his career) in science fiction magazines. This is the second collection of his science fiction stories we have published, and it's another good one.
About the Megapacks
Over the last few years, our “Megapack” series of ebook anthologies has proved to be one of our most popular endeavors. (Maybe it helps that we sometimes offer them as premiums to our mailing list!) One question we keep getting asked is, “Who’s the editor?”
The Megapacks (except where specifically credited) are a group effort. Everyone at Wildside works on them. This includes John Betancourt, Mary Wickizer Burgess, Sam Cooper, Carla Coupe, Steve Coupe, Bonner Menking, Colin Azariah-Kribbs, Robert Reginald. A. E. Warren, and many of Wildside’s authors… who often suggest stories to include (and not just their own!)
• “Origins of Galactic Law” was originally published in Galaxy Science Fiction, April 1953.
• “The Big Cheese” was originally published in Imagination, May 1953.
• “Root of Evil” was originally published in Science Stories, December 1953.
• “The Voices” was originally published in Universe, March 1954.
• “The World in the Juke Box” was originally published in Infinity, August 1956.
• “The Superstition Seeders” was originally published in Infinity, December 1956.
• “The Engrammar Age” was originally published in Infinity, February 1957.
• “Utter Silence” was originally published in Infinity, February 1957.
• “Army Without Banners” was published in Galaxy, April 1957.
• “Sweet Dreams” was originally published in Infinity, July 1957.
• “Dr. Vickers’ Car” was originally published in Infinity, October 1957.
• “Note for a Time Capsule” was originally published in Infinity, March 1958.
• “Old Hat” was originally published in Amazing Stories, May 1958.
• “IOU” was originally published in If, March 1961.
• “Deadly Game” was originally published in If, May 1962.
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though whispering made any difference—“you got it?” “No. It has me.” “Oh. What the hell is it?” “I don’t know.” “Where the hell you going?” “I don’t know.” No, that was wrong because he suddenly knew where they were heading. “The Public Library.” “The Library? What the hell for?” “I don’t know.” He knew, but it would take too long to explain. “You don’t know? You sound funny, O’Reilly. Has it got you hypnotized?” “No.” No? “Well, you try to stall it, whatever it is. We’ll clear the
either we go riding or it’s no date.’ And you say, ‘Okay, sugar.’ So you borrow Dr. Vickers’ car—you just take it; whenever anybody wants to use a car in America they just take the nearest one. So there you are, riding in Dr. Vickers’ car, and you stop at a bar. Now, you order drinks, say rum and Coca Cola. But you don’t notice that while you’re drinking rum she’s just drinking the Coca Cola. That’s the way American girls are—they’re on their guard. And you, girlie, ought to be on your guard.”
Still it was a shock when she laughed in his face. His face burned. His finger stabbed down. This time, Hannah was charmingly confused. The honor Otto was conferring overwhelmed her, unworthy being that she felt herself to be. She could only murmur, “Oh, darling, darling!” How tenderly masterful Trever was, whispering comfort with counterpoint of passion. He gazed around, part of himself lingering in that event. He pulled himself together. Why, he hadn’t done badly. At that sweet seizure, he