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Generation Gap

And Other Stories
A collection of stories by

Nature, advanced technology and the strange impulses of human beings all come together in this collection of 11 short stories published between 1972 and 2000 from Analog editor Schmidt. In the poignant title tale, Robert/Robby/Rob relives the idealism of his youth via a series of letters sent though time in which he makes statements about the Vietnam War, aging and family relationships. Three stories "Johnny Birdseed," "Floodgate" and, in its own quirky way, "Not Even a Chimney" sensitively deal with interpersonal relationships as well as human interaction with nature. The author makes some telling points about how best to preserve nature, provoking the reader into thinking about how people tend to go with what suits them best, not what might be best for the world as a whole. One brief, pun-laden story, "A Midsummer Newt's Dream," provides comic relief, while several solid SF stories, notably the memorable "The Man on the Cover," treat the aliens-among-us theme. Some tales amount to scientific wish-fulfillment, while others have the feel of straight biography with a dash of SF thrown in. All possess an easy, intimate tone, though the names of certain characters have a Dickensian oddness to them. In his unpretentious introduction, Schmidt describes the origins of the individual tales. The author may not be a pioneer in the field and some of his fiction is a tad dated, but overall this a good, representative compilation that shows his ability to write as well as edit.
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Genre: Science Fiction

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May 2002 : USA Hardback

Title: Generation Gap and Other Stories (Five Star First Edition Science Fiction and Fantasy Series)
Author(s): Stanley Schmidt
ISBN: 0-7862-4161-6 / 978-0-7862-4161-3 (USA edition)
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December 2013 : USA Paperback

Title: Generation Gap and Other Stories
Author(s): Stanley Schmidt
ISBN: 1-936771-50-0 / 978-1-936771-50-9 (USA edition)
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Title: Generation Gap and Other Stories
Author(s): Schmidt Stanley
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