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The Best of Eric Frank Russell

by Eric Frank Russell

Cover artist: H.R. Van Dongen

Publisher: Ballantine

Pub year: 1978

Cover price: $1.95


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The Ingenious Irony of Eric Frank Russell

What science fiction does best is take familiar ideas and turn them inside out ... and one of the masters of that game was Eric Frank Russell as is amply demonstrated in these supremely well crafted tales of adventure and misadventure...

Into Your Tent I'll Creep
The aliens only wanted to befriend Mankind ... but Man already had a best friend!

What do you do when you've lost a piece of equipment you didn't even know you had? Invent it!

Late Night Final
Earth's a great place to invade ... but you wouldn't want to live there!

He was fascinated by the intergalactic museum ... until he discovered he was an exhibit!

The last man alive created humanity's heirs ... but they needed one final gift.

Weak Spot
Barbarian spacefleets slashed at the Empire, and the Empire's only concern was how to keep them at it.

— And lots more!

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Crisis on the Upsydaisy

We wouldn't fall into the sun — not quite. McNulty's calculations showed that we could just swing past, but we'd come a lot too close for comfort, surviving only in the ship's refrigerated compartment.

Kli Yang, the Martian, pointed out the catch in this scheme. "We cannot control the ship while squatting in the ice-box like three and a half dozen strawberry sundaes. There will have to be a pilot in the bow. One individual can hold her on course — until he gets fried. So somebody has to be the fryee."

He gave his tentacle tip a sinuous wiggle "And since it cannot be denied that we Martians are far less susceptible to the extremes of heat, I suggest—"

"Nuts!" Snapped McNulty.

"All right. Who else is entitled to become a crisp?"

"Me," said Jay Score. It was queer the way he voiced it. Just as if he were a candidate so obvious that only the stone-blind couldn't see him....