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The Human Angle

3.76  ·  Rating Details ·  55 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Contents:
Project Hush (1954)
The Discovery of Morniel Mathaway (1955)
Wednesday's Child (1956)
The Servant Problem (1955)
Party of the Two Parts (1954)
The Flat-Eyed Monster (1955)
The Human Angle (1948)
A Man of Family (1956)
Mass Market Paperback, #159, 152 pages
Published 1956 by Ballantine Books
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Rhys
Jan 02, 2016 Rhys rated it liked it
This is a very good story collection by the great William Tenn; not so good as THE WOODEN STAR, but definitely worth reading. Tenn is a sort of bridge between the Golden Age SF of the 1940s and the more sophisticated and worldly 'New Wave' SF of the 1960s; in fact he is probably the missing link between Ray Bradbury and Brian Aldiss.

The finest story in this collection is 'The Servant Problem', which is quite frankly one of the best SF stories I have ever read by any author. It's a brilliantly fu
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Andrewcharles420
Dec 25, 2013 Andrewcharles420 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sf12
A secret army race to the moon finds they are beaten, but by whom?

An art historian from the future travels back to meet his favorite artist, who doesn't at all live up to his expectations.

A sleazy supervisor is interested in the unique lady under his employment and finds that his interest leads to trouble.

The 'Servant of All' likes to lead from behind, but unbeknownst to him is manipulated by his advisor, who likewise is manipulated by his therapist, who is...

A criminal ameboid alien absconds f
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Mar 04, 2013 Qhlueme rated it liked it
Shelves: fiction
I never met a William Tenn story I didn't like.

"Project Hush" - if you've been in the military, it may take some real internal struggle to understand the humor. If you don't like the military, it will probably just make you angry. If you are on some other plane, then you might give a smirk, sneer, smile, snicker, or laugh out loud. How true.

"Wednesday's Child" is horrific. I'm sure Lovecraft would have enjoyed it, and worked a sequel for it. The tiel piece, "The Human Angle," is so short, but a
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Alien
Oct 06, 2016 Alien rated it liked it
Shelves: stories
Some stories are soso (The human angle), some are really good. I think his strong suit is his sense of humor. The story about the villainous amoeba, that is selling amoeba porn to underage amoebas und even a human, was really hilarious. I also found that the stories don't feel as dated as many others that are from the 50s ...more
John E
Feb 17, 2011 John E rated it really liked it
A fun collection of tales from 1954 and 1955 (except for the title story from 1948). Tenn's irony is a joy to read. I loved his fake biography (Tenn was not his real name and he really worked at Bell Labs).
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William Tenn is the pseudonym of Philip Klass. He was born in London on May 9, 1920, and immigrated to the United States with his parents before his second birthday and grew up in Brooklyn, New York. After serving in the United States Army as a combat engineer in Europe, he held a job as a technical editor with an Air Force radar and radio laboratory and was employed by Bell Labs.

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