Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative by Harlan Ellison

By Harlan Ellison

3rd printing (1976) paperback. this can be a 1971 number of tales from this winner of extra awards for inventive literature than the other residing writer - together with a number of Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars. CONTENTS: advent: The music of the Soul (1970); i've got No Mouth, and that i needs to Scream (1967); The Discarded (1959); Deeper Than the Darkness (1957); Blind Lightning (1956); all of the Sounds of worry (1962); The Silver hall (1956); "Repent, Harlequin!" stated the Ticktockman (1965); shiny Eyes (1965); Are You Listening? (1958); test a lifeless Knife (1968); In Lonely Lands (1959); Eyes of airborne dirt and dust (1959); not anything for My midday Meal (1958); O Ye of Little religion (1968); The Time of the attention (1959); existence Hutch (1956); The final Day of an excellent girl (1958); evening Vigil (1957); Lonelyache (1964); Pennies, Off a useless Man's Eyes (1969).

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It glided into the bedroom, and Mother and Sal ran off for Dad. Jack fixed his eyes on the snake and continued muttering to himself. Several times it made an attempt to mount the dressing-table. Finally it succeeded. Suddenly Jack's demeanour changed. He threw off his ragged hat and talked wildly. A fearful expression filled his ugly features. His voice altered. ' he said; 'the Devil! THE DEVIL! ' The snake's head passed behind the looking-glass. Jack drew nearer, clenching his fists and gesticulating.

We had lost some cattle, and among others a valuable imported bull, which we were very anxious to recover. For five days we had been passing on from run to run, making inquiries without success, and were now fifty long miles from home in a southerly direction. We were beyond the bounds of all settlement; the last station we had been at was twenty miles to the north of us, and the occupiers of it, as they had told us the night before, had only taken up their country about ten weeks, and were as yet the furthest pioneers to the southward.

Sons can be over-worked, starved, stunted mentally, and otherwise cruelly treated to such an extent that they are capable of turning upon and killing a brutish parent-just as savage slaves will, when they get the chance, kill their savage masters. Then there is the unprovoked, unpremeditated, passionless, and almost inexplicable bush murder, when two mates have lived together in the bush for years, until they can pass days and weeks without exchanging a word, or noticing anything unusual in the circumstance-till the shadow of the over-hanging, brooding ridge, or the awful monotony of the horizonless plain, deadens and darkens the mind of one so that the very presence of his Henry Lawson 27 mate, perhaps, becomes a constant source of vague but haunting irritation.

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