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The Rose

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· The Rose · na Authentic #31 ’53
· The Chessplayers · ss F&SF Oct ’53
· The New Reality · nv Thrilling Wonder Stories Dec ’50
Mass Market Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 1st 1969 by Panther (first published 1966)
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Nov 07, 2010 Adam rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommended to Adam by: Alex Hiatt
Shelves: science-fiction
The Rose is a novella-shaped exploration of the dichotomy between science and art. As such, its premise seemed entirely bunk as soon as it was revealed. It is hard to imagine anyone of modern intellectual sensibilities, and certainly any Lawrentian, who would not be put off by the immaturity of this concept.

There are other interesting ideas here, even if they are fairly standard science-fiction concepts (the emergence of a new, superior species of human) and many of them seem absurd now (the id...more
The McGuffin in a science-fiction short story is often pretty silly, but "The New Reality", in this collection, is definitely ahead of the pack. Let me see if I can remember how it works. Quantum physics predicts the behavior of herds of particles, as they have to make decisions about which way to go in different situations. It's a kind of crowd psychology, and those little particles feel that there's, as it were, safety in numbers.

But, suppose you had one single photon, all on its lonesome, an...more
Three stories of varying quality:
The Rose is a strange length. At 90 pages it's too long for a short story but too short for a novel. The premise of human evolution into homo superior is one I always enjoy, but here it's married to a rather pretentious and absurd "art vs. science" debate which adds little.
The Chessplayers is basically a joke; inconsequential but amusing enough for the few pages it lasts.
The New Reality is much more interesting. Choked with infodumps and technobabble it may be, b...more
Ed van der Winden
Very short novel, more of a novella. Was highly recommended but did not do so much for me. Written in the sixties and relying heavily on Sf tropes of that time (telepathy and such stuff). It was almost a fairy tale and I found the motivations of some characters very unconvincing. The theme of art versus science was interesting, but I did not agree with Harness's opinions on the matter: Unlike Harness I think science is just as important as art for the growth of mankind.
Good idea. Dated. Ultimately unsatisfying. More of a short story. So much unexplored and unexplained. Not what it says on the cover, ie best sf.
Matt S
Strange... Not bad though.
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Also credited as Charles Harness.
Charles Leonard Harness was born December 29, 1915 in Colorado City TX. After an abortive stint at Texas Christian University, studying to be a preacher, he moved on to George Washington University in Washington DC, where he received a B.S. degree in 1942, and a law degree in 1946. He married in 1938, and he and wife Nell have a daughter and a son. He worked as a m...more
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