Newton and the Quasi-Apple

Newton and the Quasi-Apple

by Stanley Schmidt, Frank Kelly Freas
     
 

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What would have happened if the apple hadn't fallen on Newton's head is about to happen to Yngmor.

Temple Fledgling Terek is the one man who conceives a way to stop the barbarian hordes that threaten to destroy his civilization. He is the one man who recognizes that his planet is not the center of the universe. He is Yngmor's "Newton," and for his theories he is

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What would have happened if the apple hadn't fallen on Newton's head is about to happen to Yngmor.

Temple Fledgling Terek is the one man who conceives a way to stop the barbarian hordes that threaten to destroy his civilization. He is the one man who recognizes that his planet is not the center of the universe. He is Yngmor's "Newton," and for his theories he is branded a heretic, his ideas mocked, and his life placed in deadly jeopardy.

But Terek saw another strange thing as well: the creatures from the skies. Creatures named Chet and Tina Barlin, two humans on a field-work study for their own planet...at just the wrong time for Yngmor. To Terek they are godlike beings, capable of powerful magic: but the quasimaterials with which they hope to help against the invaders seem to invalidate Terek's revolutionary ideas. Chet and Tina may help too much a culture that is almost ready to help itself.

Editorial Reviews

Ben Bova
Science Fiction at its intriguing and thought-provoking best.
Harry Turtledove
. . . . as nice a piece of work as anyone in the field has done

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780970971135
Publisher:
Foxacre Press
Publication date:
12/28/1977
Pages:
192
Product dimensions:
6.28(w) x 9.04(h) x 0.56(d)

Meet the Author

Stanley Schmidt was born in Cincinnati and graduated from the University of Cincinnati in 1966. He began selling stories while a graduate student at Case Western Reserve University, where he completed his Ph.D. in physics in 1969. He continued freelancing while an assistant professor at Heidelberg College in Ohio, teaching physics, astronomy, science fiction, and other oddities. (He was introduced to his wife, Joyce, by a serpent while teaching field biology in a place vaguely resembling that well-known garden.) He has contributed numerous stories and articles to original anthologies and magazines including Analog, Asimov�s, Fantasy & Science Fiction, Rigel, The Twilight Zone, Alfred Hitchcock�s Mystery Magazine, American Journal of Physics, Camping Journal, Writer�s Digest, and The Writer. He has edited or coedited about a dozen anthologies.
Since 1978, as editor of Analog Science Fiction and Fact, he was nominated 34 times for the Hugo award for Best Professional Editor, and won in 2013 for Best Editor, Short Form. He is or has been a member of the Board of Advisers for the National Space Society and the Science Fiction Museum and Hall of Fame, and has been an invited speaker at national meetings of those organizations, the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics, and the American Association of Physics Teachers, as well as numerous museums and universities. In his writing and editing he draws on a varied background including extensive experience as a musician, photographer, traveler, naturalist, outdoorsman, pilot, and linguist. Most of these influences have left traces in his five novels and short fiction. His nonfiction includes the book Aliens and Alien Societies: A Writer�s Guide to Creating Extraterrestrial Life-Forms, and The Coming Convergence: The Surprising Ways Diverse Technologies Interact to Shape Our World and Change the Future, and hundreds of Analog editorials, some of them collected in Which Way to the Future? He was Guest of Honor at BucConeer, the 1998 World Science Fiction Convention in Baltimore, and has been a Nebula and Hugo award nominee for his fiction.

In September 2012, he retired from editing Analog (after a longer run than any previous editor, including John W. Campbell), and now anticipates doing more of his own writing, as well as many of the other things mentioned above.

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