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Nine By Laumer

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Enter the future world of Keith Laumer, one of the most creatively compelling minds in sf. Does the System threaten to punch-card you? Watch Mart Maiden, forced school dropout, try to beat an infallible system on a "Placement Test." Anxious to escape small-town living? Take "A Trip to the City" with Bret Hale. Beware the frightening world that awaits you at the end of an ...more
Paperback, X1659, 216 pages
Published February 1969 by Berkley Medallion (NY) (first published 1967)
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Jul 05, 2013 rated it really liked it
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Whew! Harlan Ellison's introduction to this is spot-on. In it, he refers over & over again to the "Retief" bks of Laumer's, none of wch have I read yet, & to how their humor is so different from the stories in this bk: "For without exception—even when there is a humorous or satiric strain—every piece in the following nine is serious" (p 1) - INDEED!

I've previously known nothing about Laumer's
Sep 10, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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9 really good short stories. I read this too young the first time (10 or 12?) from a school library & then looked for it for 25 years. Couldn't remember the name of the author or the title of the book or even any of the stories. I remembered two of the stories pretty clearly though & when I ran into one again, the rest finally clicked together & I managed to get a copy. I didn't like it quite as much the second time through, but it will always hold a special place for me. The story I ...more
Jun 16, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Apr 04, 2011 rated it really liked it
These stories date from the early 1960s, but Laumer has very accurately predicted some of the things we are cursed with today, such as wall-to-wall television and reality shows. As usual, some stories did more for me than others - "Doorstep" is particularly corny and predictable - but I can unconditionally recommend "Hybrid", "Placement Test" and also "The Long Remembered Thunder" (which makes me think of Simak's Way Station and any number of shorts by Jack Finney).
May 23, 2011 rated it it was ok
When I read this in my teens, I remember really liking two of the stories, "Hybrid" and "Dinochrome." I remember not caring much for the rest of the stories.

The psychedelic artwork on this copy is creepy.
Stefan Vucak
Mar 22, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Classic Laumer.
Erik Graff
Aug 30, 2008 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: Laumer fans, hard sf fans
Recommended to Erik by: no one
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One of those many, many repackagings of short stories by noted science fiction writers which I happened to pick up while visiting Mother in Oslo, Norway.
Jul 15, 2012 rated it liked it
"Placement Test" is excellent; most of the other stories are medicore.
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Listened to "Placement Test", "Dinochrome".
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John Keith Laumer was an American science fiction author. Prior to becoming a full-time writer, he was an officer in the U.S. Air Force and a U.S. diplomat. His brother March Laumer was also a writer, known for his adult reinterpretations of the Land of Oz (also mentioned in Keith's The Other Side of Time).

Keith Laumer (aka J.K Laumer, J. Keith Laumer) is best known for his Bolo stories and his
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