This amazing selection of sci-fi shorts is being offered for the first time in one startling collection – over 48,000 words designed to shock and delight all who dare to embrace….
TEN SCIENCE FICTION NIGHTMARES
By Charles Nuetzel
A VERY CULTURED TASTE
Revis was a cultured man who had managed to survive in a nightmare world, keeping a few treasures clutched closely to him, but at a nasty little price!
MASTER OF THE HOUSE
Every parent has a special place in their heart for their child, even those who are special in a very terrifying way. In such households one has to wonder who is the master and who the slave.
A DAY FOR DYING
He had been picked up by the Social Police and would soon be facing a life & death struggle in an arena telecast throughout the world. Death came to all but the winner – and only one could survive!
THE NOVA INCIDENT
Any similarity between these events and reality may be strictly intentional! A political solution to a war of extinction.
THE IMAGES OF MAN
They came from the skies to take what they claimed was their right to possess – and they only wanted the woman!
PLANET OF THE LOVE FEAST
The crime had been rape and he escaped to a planet full of beautiful woman determined to totally possess him – at a price!
THE HOMO SAP
Well civilization had ended, but this little homo-monk was determined to find a suitable mate – and repopulate Earth with a better breed of intelligent life. Boy was he in for a surprise!
THE WORLD THAT WOMB MADE
Everything was given free, automatically, and all you had to do was follow the rules WOMB made. But for this man the price was too high – he wanted to make his own choices, no matter what it cost!
The salesman came a-knocking at his door, offering a gift too costly to take at any price – yet his price was far too good to refuse! There was only one catch!
THOSE WHO WATCH
Is there some power watching over us that will, ultimately, promise immortality? Here in this final nightmare a suggestion to beware of those who watch, for they might offer far more than we could have expected or imagined!
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About the Author
Charles Nuetzel was born in San Francisco in 1934, and writes:
“As long as I can remember I wanted to be a writer. It was a dream I never thought would materialize. But with the help of Forrest J Ackerman, who became my agent, I managed to finally make it into print.
“I was lucky enough not only in selling my work to publishers but also ending up packaging books for some of them, and finally becoming a ‘publisher’ much like those who had bought my first novels. From there it was a simple leap to editing not only a science-fiction anthology, but also a line of SF books for Powell Sci-Fi back in the 1960s. Throughout these active professional years I had the chance to design some covers and do graphic cover layouts for pocket books & magazines.”
His work on covers and graphics are a largely influenced by his father, who, as a professional commercial artist, had painted a number of covers for sci-fi magazines in the 1950s and later for pocket books—even for some of Mr. Nuetzel’s books.
In retirement he has become involved in swing dancing, a longtime lover of Big Band jazz. But more interestingly world travels have taken him (and his wife Brigitte) across the world, to Hawaii, Caribbean, Mexico, Kenya, Egypt, Peru, having a lifelong interest in ancient civilizations. His website – haldolen.com – is full of thousands of pictures taken during these trips.
“Discovering these places actually exist and getting a chance to even touch those ancient stones and structures, climbing some of the Mesa-American pyramids to their very top, has been a life-inspiring adventure! It is fantastic to realize that our modern world is built upon such fascinating places, like the 2,000-year-old Petra, which was simply amazing to see. Almost as stunning as the pyramids of Egypt! All of which, I keep telling myself, are the remains of colonies from Haldolen some 30,000 years ago (related in Swordmen of Vistar).”
“A number of my books have been recently released as eBooks, totally updated and revised, and in some cases highly expanded.”