With a Finger in My I
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With a Finger in My I

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All of Them Were Empty (1972)
Oracle for a White Rabbit (1969)
Love Story in Three Acts (1970)
Yarst! (1972)
Battle Hum and the Boje (1972)
With a Finger in My I (1972)
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Paperback, 245 pages
Published June 1st 1972 by Ballantine Books (first published 1972)
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A collection of late 60s & early 70s science fiction stories by the author probably best known for "The Trouble with Tribbles."

I had read the title story before where it first appeared, in Harlan Ellison's second Dangerous Visions anthology. Filled with clever wordplay, it takes place in a world where not only does everyone interpret things literally, but reality itself seems to work on that level as well. It is simultaneously funny and sinister.

"How We Saved the Human Race" is an even more...more
A superb collection of stories steeped in its time more than most stuff from the period (early 1970's). There is some fluff here but the book as a whole reads like many an author's Best Of offering. Some diversity in topics also outside SF. The last title is really a long poem that captures well the fear of innocents on a military patrol without bowing (like the rest of the stories also) to the military-infusion especially prevalent during these couple decades. (Not for dummies.)
I read this again recently and was blown away by the quality of the stories. Almost every one felt very original even now, which is saying something because it was written in the 70's. This is one of those books I will probably go back to one day. Of course, the author is one of my favorites, so I may be a tiny bit biased. :)
A few life-related things kept me from finishing this until today, but this first collection of short stores from the creator of "The Trouble From Tribbles" was a more than enjoyable read.
To be honest, this collection never felt fully developed to me. His ideas, while interesting at times, came across as juvenile. Way too many similes for my taste.
Early collection of short stories. Quality varies a bit.
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