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The Creatures of Man by Howard L. Myers
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Apr 11, 2012

really liked it

Back in the 1970's you would often see stories by Howard L. Myers in the magazines. They were always good stories, too. For some reason he would sometimes use the pen name "Verge Foray". His best stories were in my opinion the "econo-war" stories. In these stories humanity had conquered space (to the extent that a human being could fly to another planet without using a space ship), had something called psych-release which made everyone sane, and could provide for everyone's material needs. After doing this they discovered that unless there was some meaningful competition their civilization would collapse. They created the econo-war, a deliberately endless war like the one in 1984 with the crucial difference that everyone involved knew it needed to be endless and why. The challenge in the stories is to keep the war going when one side threatens to win it.

Since Myers wrote some of the econo-war stories under his own name and some as Verge Foray and they were published in both Analog and Galaxy it was frustrating to read them because they referred to events in other stories that would be impossible to track down. This book collects all those stories and many more.

Myers died before he became a well known author. I do not doubt that if he had lived he would be as well known today as Asimov and Heinlein.
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