Future Imperfect


From a titan of science fiction adventure and the creator of the legendary Bolo series, an action-packed volume containing a full-length novel and a host of short novels and stories.From a titan of science fiction adventure and the creator of the legendary Bolo series, an action-packed volume containing a full-length novel and a host of short novels and stories.A wry vision of a future full of amazing develeopments but a future where old problems come back to haunt humanity in strange new ways.First, Mal heads across an America ravaged by worldwide earthquakes when he runs into a dying stranger who speaks darkly of meeting men who weren'treally men. The stranger has an unusual gold coin in his pocket and soon Mal discovers that something wants that coin back, and will stop at nothing to get it. Next: Steve Dravek awakes in a nightmarish city and immediately must fight for his life against ruthless organ-stealing gangs. His last memories are of a vanished time from a century ago. Now, as Steve tries to stay alive long enough to orient himself, he discovers that someone is hunting him through the dark city, someone who seems to know him better than he knows himself.Plus: The commander of the spaceship fleet that just annihilated the enemy armada decides to become world dictator that is, unless his second in command can stop him. And a national test condemns a man to a life of unskilled labor, unless he can find a way around the system.Praise for Keith Laumer:"Spare, clean prose style and muscular storytelling technique . . . the reader comes away with both a sense of completion and a desire for the tale to go on ... forever, if possible." David Weber"You're about to have fun." David Drake"One of the most productive and popular writers of science fiction." Ben Bova"... adventure tales that are brisk, light and sardonic ..." Publishers Weekly"Laumer is a master. . . ." Seattle Times"Tautly written and endless suspense ... excellent ..." VOYA



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  • Format: Paperback
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  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Baen Books
  • ISBN-13: 9781451638615
  • ISBN: 1451638612
  • Publication Year: 2012
  • Edition: Reprint
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