Less than the numerous billions of stars within the universe, what types will alien existence take? How will they reside? And what's going to take place once we meet them? extraterrestrial beings: fresh Encounters collects solutions to those questions from a few of today's most sensible technology fiction writers. From first encounters to existence along aliens—and tales of the aliens' personal lives—here are many futures: violent and peaceable, star-spanning and private. just one factor is sure: alien lifestyles will defy our expectancies.

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Above the decade, today, after the war’s end; above the forty years since Nietzsche, the starting point of instinctual psychology; above the hundred years since the first gas lam p burned in the city, in the 29 famous year that gave Europe a continental railway net, trans­ atlantic steamers, the telegraph, photography, improved micro­ scopes, and the means of inducing artificial sleep. Yes, this city—truly not m ade of dew and bird song, but rather swarming with material bustle—how light and soundless it is in my room!

The age of Bacon, the mankind of thought, the cast-iron century, no longer carving gods but smelting devils: four hundred million individuals jam packed on a tiny continent, twenty-five nationalities, thirty languages, seventy-five dialects, international and intra­ national tensions of extirpative vehemence. e. at a premium. Dissolution of the classic systems from the Urals to Gibraltar. Ultracapitalism: earthquake in Southern Europe means a high time for builders and interior decorators; iron and steel salesmen are blessed from Mount Athos before go-getting in the Maritza valley.

Band, hymn. Duke of Wildungen steps forward. w il d u n g e n (to Paschen): On the wings of time came this h o u r. . k o tsc h n u ffel: What poetic imagery! What prophctic view of historic evaluations! w il d u n g e n (to Paschen): . . came this hour, and if I, as Grand M aster of an order as ancient as our country’s history, now lay 22 around your shoulders the cloak that makes you a knight, I am heeding only the vast call of this time, in which moral values come to the force again as salient and decisive.

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