Marilee J. Layman (mjlayman) wrote,
Marilee J. Layman

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The Runaway Skyscraper and other tales from the pulps by Murray Leinster

Leinster's real name was Will F. Jenkins and he was a Virginian. Virginia designated next Saturday, June 27, 2009, to honor him so we decided to do one of his books this month. The acquisitions librarian had a lot of trouble finding enough of one of his books, so about half of us bought this book from Wildside Press and donated them to the library. They're listed as trade paperback, but appear to be POD. That's not bad considering they would be out of print otherwise.

The stories are of their time: racist and sexist. Most are not really SF, but the headline story (probably closer to novella length) is, and is pretty good. A skyscraper travels through time and a male engineer saves everybody's life, keeps them fed, and gets them back to current time, plus marries his secretary. Did I mention sexist? I commented on how he frequently repeated essentially the same words after each other and was reminded about word count being more important than editors in the 20s.

The other story that most of us liked was "Morale" which was about a war in his future where enlisted men invent a lot of real weapons and deterrents that were used much later in our real time. And the major general believes them and lets them do it.
Tags: books

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