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The Creatures of Man

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A future war is being fought across the galaxy and the key to victory can be found on the legendary lost world where humanity originated-Earth. But even if the lost home world can be found, there may be no place for humans on it anymore. The creatures who are now the sole inhabitants, and which mankind once dominated, have been raised to a high level of intelligence and th ...more
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Madeline
Mar 09, 2014 Madeline rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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This is another book I got because it's currently free for Kindle.
Some of the short stories are really fascinating and some of them are really unpleasant. I haven't finished the book but I can tell you this: skip the "The Earth of Nenkunal" section. Just skip it. It would be hard to make it more misogynistic if you tried, and that's before the main character rapes someone. The details make it even worse. Just don't.

Also: Eugenics. And silly eugenics at that. No, dude, being a lazy or clumsy or u
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Neil
I enjoyed reading this book, overall, more than I thought I would. It has eleven short stories that are 'stand alones' and the rest of the book is composed of a collection called the 'econo-war.' The 'econo-war' 'series' is interesting in that the stories are arranged as Eric Flint sees fit [I assume he did some kind of research to determine the order of the stories] and not necessarily in the order in which they are written [for instance, the 'last' econo-war story in the volume was written bef ...more
Jim
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A future war is being fought across the galaxy and the key to victory can be found on the legendary lost world where humanity originated - Earth. But even if the lost home world can be found, there may be no place for humans on it anymore. The once-lowly creatures who are now the sole inhabitants, and which mankind dominated in ages past, have been raised to a high level of intelligence and the future they plan is not one with any room for the former rulers of the planet. Th

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Rene
A collection of short stories. I was drawn to the latter half, the collection of Myers' "Econo-War" stories.

Centuries from now, humanity has departed Earth and has colonized the stars. Discrete implants allow men and women to travel through the void without the need for vessels.

Factions have formed amongst the colonies, and over the centuries, they have come to the conclusion that competitiveness is part of humanity's psychological makeup. In order to harness that competitive nature towards a
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Bhakta Jim
Apr 11, 2012 Bhakta Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Back in the 1970's you would often see stories by Howard L. Myers in the magazines. They were always good stories, too. For some reason he would sometimes use the pen name "Verge Foray". His best stories were in my opinion the "econo-war" stories. In these stories humanity had conquered space (to the extent that a human being could fly to another planet without using a space ship), had something called psych-release which made everyone sane, and could provide for everyone's material needs. After ...more
Jeff
Jan 06, 2008 Jeff rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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NOT ONLY STRANGER THAN YOU IMAGINE, STRANGER THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE
In a distant future when humans no longer need spaceships, but hurtle between the stars faster than light, propelled and protected by implants in their bodies, the galaxy has been divided between two battling factions who contend for dominance by economic maneuvering. Each side is determined to overwhelm the other, and is likely to abandon the "Econo-War" for a genuine shooting war if it thinks that defeat is imminent. Only one thi
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Jenny
Apr 22, 2014 Jenny rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Free for Kindle is always a nice price. I enjoyed many of the short stories, but the after the 60% point, I was more than ready to be reading something else!
Erin Penn
Apr 19, 2016 Erin Penn rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The Creatures of Man is a collection of previously published short stories by Mr. Myers which appeared in Galaxy, Analog, etc during the four years he was writing.

I've been really enjoying them. Unlike most modern sci-fi which caters to the action-adventures we have grown to love, these focus on a situation which at the end leaves you questioning what it means to be human, how a person thinks, what are our limits as a species and what are our strengths, etc.

Picked up while free on Kindle.
Nicholas
The isolated short stories were better than the Econo-war tales. Those went on too long, with details that often felt like nothing more than filler. But the independent stories were very good.
Mitchell
Mar 23, 2011 Mitchell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Excellent collection of short stories which are as original as they are entertaining.
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The Creatures of Man by Howard Myers (2005)
H E
Nov 21, 2015 H E marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
haven't read the book yet
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4/1/2013: Free on Kindle
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Howard L. Myers (1930-1971) was an American science fiction author, best known for his work published in Analog and Galaxy (frequently under the name Verge Foray) and his only novel, Cloud Chamber.

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