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Free Fiction Friday – The Beachcomber by Damon Knight

Welcome to our fantastic first Free Fiction Friday! The plan is to release a short story every Friday.

The Beachcomber by Damon Knight

Alice saw the Beachcomber as a glorious hunk of man; Maxwell saw him as a super being from the future. Tragically, he was both!

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The story appears in the recently released eBook, The Star Beast and Other Stories by Science Fiction Grand Master, Damon Knight. You can purchase the whole eBook at:

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The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight

The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight

The Star Beast and Other Stories by Damon Knight

Six vintage stories from Science Fiction Grand Master, Damon Knight. First published in the 1940s & 50s, these stories show his diversity from galactic adventure to nihilistic philosophy.

Doorway to Kal-Jmar–Two men had died before Syme Rector’s guns to give him the key to the ancient city of Kal-Jmar–a city of untold wealth, and of robots that made desires instant commands.

The Beachcomber–Alice saw the Beachcomber as a glorious hunk of man; Maxwell saw him as a super being from the future. Tragically, he was both!

The Star Beast–They called this strange tentacle-headed blob that had floundered into the System Oscar. They were to learn a better name.

The Worshipers–Destiny reached out a hand to Algernon Weaver–but he was a timid man, at first. But on the strange world of Terranova, there was much to be learned–of destiny, and other things….

Blackout– A short short story that mentions Charles Fort. And it has an idea as strange as any conjectured by Mr. Fort.

The Earth Quarter–The Niroi permitted refugees from Earth to live in their cramped little ghetto conditionally: that they do so peacefully. But there will always be patriotic fanatics, like Harkway and Rack, who must disturb the peace …

Theodore Sturgeon Classic SF read by Spider Robinson

Galaxy Magazine Interior Art - Febuary 1953

Galaxy Magazine Interior Art - Febuary 1953

Not only is Spider Robinson an excellent writer, he’s also an excellent reader. He’s done professional audiobooks for Blackstone Audio. I’ve listened to a number of them, and he’s really good (Stardance is excellent!). He’s also reads some awesome stories for his podcast, Spider on the Web.

On his lastest podcast he reads a classic story by Theodore Sturgeon, A Saucer Of Loneliness, as well as a Sturgeon title I’m not familiar with called Suicide.

Theodore Sturgeon is best know for his excellent novel More Than Human. Stylistically, he is arguable the best SF writer of the Golden Age. In fact, I’d readily accept that argument.

The great old time radio show X Minus 1 also did a dramatization of A Saucer of Loneliness. [

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]. It was also made into a Twilight Zone Episode during the series second go in 1987.

Spider Robinson also reads Sturgeon’s Slow Sculpture in a previous podcast episode. [

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Spider also plays a lot of music on the podcast. His tastes have some overlap with my own, and I like most of it. Plus, he’s budds with David Crosby which is way, way cool!

(via SFFaudio.com)

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