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

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By Harlan Ellison

3rd printing (1976) paperback. it is a 1971 selection of tales from this winner of extra awards for ingenious literature than the other dwelling writer - together with a number of Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars. CONTENTS: advent: The track 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); the entire Sounds of worry (1962); The Silver hall (1956); "Repent, Harlequin!" acknowledged 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); lifestyles Hutch (1956); The final Day of an excellent lady (1958); evening Vigil (1957); Lonelyache (1964); Pennies, Off a useless Man's Eyes (1969).

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The testing was exhaustive. Even though he did not really cooperate, there were things he could not keep them from learning, things that showed up because they were there: Such as his ability to start fires with his mind. Such as the fact that he could not control the blazes. Such as the fact that he had been burning for fifteen years in an effort to find peace and seclusion. Such as the fact that he had become a tortured and unhappy man because of his strange mindpower... “Alf,” said the bodiless voice from the rear of the darkened auditorium, “light that cigarette on the table.

He damned it soulfully, wishing he had been born deaf, mute, blind, incapable of any contact with the world. From the moment of his life when he had become aware of his strange power, he had been haunted. No control, no identification, no communication. Cut off. Tagged as an oddie. Not even the pleasures of being an acknowledged psioid like the Mindees, the invaluable Drivers, the Blasters, or the Mallaports who could move the atoms of flesh to their design. He was an oddie: a nondirective psioid.

The power to make the molecules of anything speed up tremendously, making them grind against one another, causing combustion. A strange, channeled teleport faculty that was useless for anything but the creation of fire. He damned it soulfully, wishing he had been born deaf, mute, blind, incapable of any contact with the world. From the moment of his life when he had become aware of his strange power, he had been haunted. No control, no identification, no communication. Cut off. Tagged as an oddie.

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