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The Knights of the Limits

4.35  ·  Rating Details ·  46 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
Nine stories drawn eclectically from an astonishingly wide range of sources: from analytical philosophy, mathematics, physics, biology, and psychology. They demonstrate that Bayley possesses an extraordinarily fertile imagination, and a talent for combining the absurd and the abstruse with a dramatic flourish. He is a writer who delights in novel ideas and their ...more
Paperback, 220 pages
Published April 1st 2001 by Cosmos Books (PA) (first published February 27th 1978)
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Dec 17, 2009 Adam rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: fans of bleak speculative cosmology
Rhys Hughes calls Bayley the "pulp Borges", and that is a pretty accurate description. Essaying many of the concerns that Calvino,Borges, and Lem write about, but addressing them with pulpy prose and situations(similiar ground to some of Philip K. Dick's stuff also). So you get questions of reality, identity,theology discussed in stories featuring talking chess sets,intelligent giant bees,a city ruled by electronic ghosts of movie stars and gangsters, a television that only shows iteself being ...more
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Dec 14, 2014 Zantaeus Glom rated it really liked it
A profoundly engrossing, if not, wholly mind-bending collection of deeply philosophical sf by a truly unheralded Grand master of the form, Barrington Bayley. Some others have likened his style to Philip K. Dick, but I actually felt that Bayley's maudlin art was entirely his own. There is a blackened pessimism to these wildly disparate tales that got me on numerous occasions, especially 'Exit City 5' with its truly heart-freezing denouement; gritty stuff indeed, and certainly not for the faint of ...more
Sep 07, 2015 Macha rated it liked it
3 and a half stars. 4 for the madly inventive ideas, and the brilliant concept that links them. but then on the other hand, barely 3 for the actual writing, which reads a whole lot like Brian Stapleton, which okay, okay, goes with the concept, but is nevertheless hard shovelling all the same. altogether, required reading, and let's admit it's an absolute classic, one of a kind and a logical conceit carried brilliantly to its (il)logical conclusion, while along the way a lot of science guys and ...more
Jan 13, 2014 Andrew rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: space explorers
Shelves: genre, scientific
I have misgivings about this collection's pacing--it starts with its weakest story, then later on has two stories back-to-back that are very similar in feel--but I was generally very impressed by the vigor and diversity of the ideas on display. In some ways Bayley reminds me of Dick, except that his examination of human nature is pointed outward to the environment and its influence on the individual rather than inward to the psyche. Surprisingly good!
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Jun 06, 2016 Bob Rust rated it it was amazing
The Cabinet of Oliver Naylor • (1976)
All the King's Men • (1965)
The Bees of Knowledge • (1975)
Mutation Planet • (1973)
The Problem of Morley's Emission • (1978)
An Overload • (1973)
Me and My Antronoscope • (1973)
The Exploration of Space • (1972)
Exit from City 5 • (1971)
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Barrington J. Bayley
Born April 9, 1937(1937-04-09)in Birmingham, England. Died October 14, 2008 (aged 71).
Pen names Alan Aumbry, Michael Barrington (with Michael Moorcock), John Diamond, P. F. Woods.
Occupation; Novelist, short story writer
Nationality: British
Genres: Science fiction
Literary movement: New Wave

Bayley was born in Birmingham and educated in Newport,
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