The Power of Illusion

The Power of Illusion

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by Christopher Anvil
     
 

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A rip-roaring collection of amusing and beguiling “what if?” speculative fiction tales from science fiction humorist and droll storyteller extraordinaire Christopher Anvil.

A generous volume of cunning and humorous science fiction from a master storyteller Christopher Anvil. First, Anvil’s tale of the consequences for civilization—and

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A rip-roaring collection of amusing and beguiling “what if?” speculative fiction tales from science fiction humorist and droll storyteller extraordinaire Christopher Anvil.

A generous volume of cunning and humorous science fiction from a master storyteller Christopher Anvil. First, Anvil’s tale of the consequences for civilization—and humanity itself—on The Day the Machines Stopped. Next, a gambler is captured by aliens who are investigating the Earth as a possible target for colonization. The aliens have science and technology far in advance of humans—but, unfortunately for them, they have never developed the human art of bluffing. And finally, for the first time in book form, Anvil’s stories of universal troubleshooter and paradox-resolver extraordinaire Richard Verner. Need to know why the government’s missiles keep falling from the sky? Whether a judge has been kidnapped or gone into hiding to avoid a dangerous ruling? Who that dead body belongs to that interrupted a perfect vacation? Verner’s on the case.

About Christopher Anvil:

“Droll and exciting. . .”—Houston Chronicle

“. . .a delightful pleasure. . .I’ve always loved Anvil’s, ah, peculiar sense of humor.”—New York Times best-seller and military SF master David Weber

“. . .rousing adventure. . .SF fun.”—Locus

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781439134122
Publisher:
Baen
Publication date:
10/05/2010
Edition description:
Original
Pages:
464
Sales rank:
1,182,964
Product dimensions:
7.46(w) x 11.28(h) x 1.21(d)

Meet the Author

Christopher Anvil was a long-time fixture of the leading science fiction magazines—most notably a frequent and popular contributor to Analog, where he consistently rocked the reader’s polls and had several stories nominated for Hugo and Nebula awards. Anvil is best known for his outstanding ability to combine fast-moving adventure with wry humor. His novels include Pandora’s Legions, Interstellar Patrol, Interstellar Patrol II: The Federation of Humanity, The Trouble with Aliens, The Trouble with Humans, War Games and Rx for Chaos.

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The Power of Illusion 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Baen continues paying homage to the late great Christopher Anvil, known for his witty jocular science fiction tales. The eighth and apparently last Anvil book is divided into three sections. Part I Research East includes three James Cardan tales; two shorts and one novella, The Day the Machines Stopped. Part II Solver of Problems stars Richard Verner in all seven of his short stories. Finally Part III Problems, Snafus and Fubars includes eleven miscellaneous tales with the author's last work The Anomaly first published in this collection. The Cardan and Verner entries are worth the price of admission as these are two delightful protagonists. Readers will especially enjoy Verner the problem solver. The third section includes well written contributions, but lacks the focus of the other two parts; making this section feeling like a bonus. One common theme that makes this twenty-one story anthology worth reading is the humor even when humanity is on the brink of extinction as Mr. Anvil made the case that The Power of Illusion is keep the reader smiling with sardonic science fiction. Harriet Klausner