Budrys’ Inferno (The Furious Future)-Algis Budrys (Short Stories)


Nine stories from 1853,56,57,58. Favorites:

“Silent Brother” (1956) – An astronaut was badly injured during a crash of a starship prototype. Now his former teammates are back from their flight to Alpha Centauri. Things are getting strange. Somehow his TV set is being repaired and so is he.

“The Man Who Tasted Ashes” (1957) – Redfern is contacted by aliens to assassinate a minor ambassador in order to start world war three. He was retired, maybe not by choice, from an intelligence agency. He’s given a special weapon and is all set.

“Lower Than Angels” (1956 novelette) – Fred Imbry works for the Terra Union. Their job is to find inhabited planets and exploit the natives. Fred’s not happy but does his assigned job to land on a jungle planet. He tries to convince the natives he’s not a god. This is the best of the collection.

“Contact Between Equals” (1958) – A millionaire has his sight restored. That’s not all the doctor did. An impatient alien is waiting in another room. It’s very angry.


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I'm a big fan of vintage books,movies,TV shows and music. I encourage everyone to patronize your local used book/record store and pick up some of the good stuff. My posts are capsule reviews of some favorites that you may want to investigate. The albums posted aren't really reviews but items from my collection that are still available. I try and point out highlights of each one and let the music speak for itself. Thanks to all for checking out the blog.
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