The Metrognome And Other Stories-Alan Dean Foster

alan dean foster-the metrognome & other stories

Fifteen stories from 1973,79,83-87. This is a combination of SF,Horror and Fantasy. Overall it’s a mediocre collection with the horror stories coming out ahead. Some stories have a good sense of humor. The cover has nothing to do with any of the stories. Favorites:

“Operator Assisted Calls Are Charged At A Higher Rate” (1983) – This is for anyone who has had problems with the phone company. A retired executive now lives in a cabin in the Sierras. He’s always used to getting his own way and pushing people around. Looks like he’s met his match.

“Thrust” (1979) – A starship with an alien drive is headed for Barnard’s Star with a load of colonists. For some reason the ship is moving a lot faster than scheduled. Everyone is happy but no one can figure out what’s powering the drive.

“The Chair” written with Jane Cozart (1979) – A couple goes to an out of the way antique store and purchaser a chair. The story is that is was owned by a court astrologer. In fact his face is represented on the chair along with a few others. This is an old fashioned horror story that could have been used for the Boris Karloff hosted TV show “Thriller” (1960-62).

“The Thunderer” (1987) – Two geologists from an oil company are doing research in the Louisiana swamps. An old man living in a cabin warns them about the Thunderer, a character out of an old folk tale. They should have listened.

“Pleistosport” (1986) – A hunter who thinks he’s a sportsman hoes back in time to bag mammoths and other ancient animals. He always uses sophisticated equipment. He wants to bag a rare woolly Rhino. He just has to get past a rare form of saber toothed tiger.

“The Tessellated Tetrahexahedral  Yellow Rose Of Texas” (novella) – A UFO lands in a rural Texas farm. The family decides to use it as a Christmas ornament on the barn. If scientists and the government want to get it they’ll have to sue. There’s a third group more than interested in it. They’re not patient.

Alan Dean Foster

Alan Dean Foster


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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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