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This is a collection of short stories dealing with such things as mass mind control through rock-music to initiate a nuclear holocaust; a world in which being off drugs is the nightmare; a lightning storm that transports a travelling biker into an alternative reality inhabited by mutant killer bikers; another planet visited by a newly married couple who are forced to choose the one to die by the planet's inhabitants; a television producer of sports programmes who invents the game of combat-football to boost the network's ratings; and so on.
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Plot & Themes

FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   science fiction story Explore/1st contact/ enviro story    -   Yes Explore:    -   colonizing/homesteading another planet    -   post environmental/nuclear disaster, fighting MadMax gangs    -   stranded on alien planet, fighting aliens to survive    -   fighting a disease/illness affecting everyone Inner Struggle    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   search for identity/new understanding    -   change of heart Kind of alteration:    -   exotic/alien torture for major character Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Identity:    -   Male Profession/status:    -   explorer Age:    -   20's-30's


Terrain    -   Mountains    -   Forests Earth setting:    -   20th century Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes Planet outside solar system?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths scientific jargon? (SF only)    -   quite a lot of techical jargon Sex in book?    -   Yes How much dialogue?    -   significantly more descript than dialog

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