The Power of Illusion

The Power of Illusion

A rip-roaring collection of amusing and beguiling “what if?” speculative fiction tales from science fiction humorist and droll storyteller extraordinaire Christopher Anvil.

A generous volume of cunning and humorous science fiction from a master storyteller Christopher Anvil. First, Anvil’s tale of the consequences for civilization—and humanity itself—on The Day the Machines Stopped.  Next, a gambler is captured by aliens who are investigating the Earth as a possible target for colonization. The aliens have science and technology far in advance of humans—but, unfortunately for them, they have never developed the human art of bluffing. And finally, for the first time in book form, Anvil’s stories of universal troubleshooter and paradox-resolver extraordinaire Richard Verner.  Need to know why the government’s missiles keep falling from the sky?  Whether a judge has been kidnapped or gone into hiding to avoid a dangerous ruling?  Who that dead body belongs to that interrupted a perfect vacation?  Verner’s on the case.

About Christopher Anvil:

“Droll and exciting. . .”—Houston Chronicle

 “. . .a delightful pleasure. . .I’ve always loved Anvil’s, ah, peculiar sense of humor.”—New York Times best-seller and military SF master David Weber 

“. . .rousing adventure. . .SF fun.”—Locus
  • Baen | 
  • 592 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781451637601 | 
  • October 2011
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