The Best of Philip E. High Welcome to the Bizarre Imagination of Philip E. High. -A world without laws where the basest criminal activity flourishes unchecked in a dog-eat-dog society; -When the crew of a submarine find themselves flung millions of years into the past the consequences are devastating; -The minds of the entire population of a city are infected by the thoughts of a madman, and become insane themselves – and the contagion is spreading; -Mankind is facing extinction by an alien race of mind-readers who can anticipate man’s every counter attack. Here is the first-ever collection of the greatest short stories of one of Britain’s finest-ever SF writers – Philip E. High! Already well know on both sides of the Atlantic as a writer of many exciting adventure novels, these twelve stories reveal High as a true literary craftsman. A major science fiction event that is not to be missed!
From: The Shaldron Race To: The Human Race Greetings: Your presence on this planet has been noted and the reason for your visit analyzed by our instruments. We have, therefore, taken the liberty of selecting one of your party for our first contact, one whom we feel is best suited to grasp the motivations of both our races and arrange for future group contacts. Peter Collard stared at the message with a cold feeling of foreboding. He felt pity for the poor devil. “Who is this selected contact?” “Ah, now,” Dyson became suddenly interested in the papers on the table. “Well, I’m sorry and all that but, as a matter of fact, they want you.”
Given: Earth 400 years from now – a rotten society which mankind is doomed to die out. A solution to the problem – an ultra-intelligent computer to govern humanity. One man of seemingly average intelligence, but with incredible I.Q. potential. And you have: A corrupt society turned into a world where there is no corruption, because Mother Machine knows what’s best for her human children and does it. Where that same all-powerful computer is rapidly turning men into zombies. And where the world’s only hope turns out to be one outlawed not-average man.