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The General Zapped an Angel: New Stories of Fantasy and Science Fiction

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The General Zapped an Angel was written for fun, and offers me a chance to smile at the absurdity of human existence. Therefore, these stories of fantasy and science fiction are among the most serious writing I have done.” —Howard Fast
Nearly forty years after the publication of his first story, “The Wrath of Purple,” in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, Howard
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ebook, 156 pages
Published December 27th 2011 by Open Road Media Sci-Fi & Fantasy (first published January 1st 1970)
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Ron
Jun 02, 2016 Ron rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This may be the first book by Howard Fast that I have read altho I have vague memories of reading bits of my mom's copy of The Immigrants many years ago. I think that is a book that I should seek out one day - I see it now and then.

Fast was not a fantasy or science fiction writer, he was a writer of epic historical fiction, so this little collection of fantasy and science fiction stories is a unique thing and a mildly surprising treat. It was published in 1970 and the opening title story is abou
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Brandon
Sep 21, 2008 Brandon rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: in-space
another freebie on my shelf of old bindings with great cover-art (not what is shown - mine is original 1970 by Krel Thole). So far, it's not too bad considering it's the author's only attempt into the realm of sci-fi/fantasy.

EDIT [after completed]:
The stories in here got better and better. I would like to know how the author would write "The Wound" in this day and age. Every social and global issue that is beating us down as free-thinkers is addressed in one story or another. This may be a diffi
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David
May 24, 2014 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Full review is here.

A collection of short stories which explore different variations on the basic theme of "mankind's shortsighted drive for progress destroys something natural and beautiful". At best, they are imaginative and clever, and at worst they are all-to-clearly moralising and heavy-handed. "The Insects" (mostly a repetition of the more effective "The Wound") and "Tomorrow's Wall Street Journal" (someone makes a deal with the devil, with predictable consequences) are clear low points, b
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Howard Fast (1914–2003) was one of the most prolific American writers of the twentieth century. He was a bestselling author of more than eighty works of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, and screenplays. The son of immigrants, Fast grew up in New York City and published his first novel upon finishing high school in 1933. In 1950, his refusal to provide the United States Congress with a list of possible ...more
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