This Ray Bradbury collection is comprised of nine early short stories rarely or never reprinted since first publication. Included are three stories originally published in Mr. Bradbury’s own science fiction fanzine, Futuria Fantasia.
“Don’t Get Technatal“: Jumping Jigwheels! If you enjoy exclamation points, this story was written for you! In the distant year of 1975 a dissatisfied writer rants about the state of society! Could robosexuality be the answer he seeks?(!)
“The Pendulum“: A delightful little story with delightfully unconventional spelling.
“The Flight of the Good Ship Clarissa“: Not entirely lucid but entertaining nevertheless.
“I, Rocket“: There may be an unwholesome subtext to this story.
“Mass is the sexual drive of space, and gravity the intensified yearning of that mass, the gravitic libido of one tremendous body for the love, the following of any and all smaller bodies who transgress its void boundaries.”
“Undersea Guardians“: Half-naked sea-dwelling zombies battle the Nazi Kriegsmarine!
“Final Victim“: “Hunting a criminal is tough enough, but it’s even tougher when it’s on a bit of Hell’s own rock in the void of space.”
“Defense Mech“: There are no giant, Japanese-speaking robots in this story. It is, however, a riveting tale of the effects of space on the human psyche.
“Lorelei of the Red Mist“: A second chance in someone else’s body becomes complicated when its previous owner was universally hated.
“Jonah of the Jove-Run“: “They hated this little beat-up old guy. Even if his crazy cosmic brain could track an asteroid clear across the Galaxy, why did he have to smash the super-sensitive meteor detectors?”
Punctuation and apparent typographical errors in the Futuria Fantasia stories have been left as originally published.
“Don’t Get Technatal” (as Ron Reynolds) Futuria Fantasia (1939)
“The Pendulum” (uncredited) Futuria Fantasia (1939)
“The Flight of the Good Ship Clarissa” (uncredited) Futuria Fantasia (1940)