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Earthmen Bearing Gifts   By: (1906-1972)

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In Fredric Brown's science fiction novel, Earthmen Bearing Gifts, readers are taken on an enthralling journey into a world filled with fascinating creatures and mind-bending realities. Set in a not-so-distant future, Brown presents a clever and thought-provoking narrative that explores the complexities of human nature and the consequences of our actions.

The story follows Bill, a down-on-his-luck salesman who stumbles upon an extraordinary device that grants him the ability to read minds. This newfound power initially seems like a dream come true, promising untold opportunities and a chance to get ahead in life. However, Bill soon discovers that knowing everyone's thoughts comes with a hefty price.

What sets Earthmen Bearing Gifts apart from other science fiction novels is Brown's sharp and witty writing style. His ability to effortlessly blend humor and suspense keeps readers engaged throughout the entire story. With concise and fast-paced chapters, the book constantly presents new twists and turns, leaving audiences eagerly flipping through its pages.

The characters in Earthmen Bearing Gifts are incredibly well-developed and relatable. Bill, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation as he grapples with the moral implications of his newfound ability. The internal conflicts he faces and the choices he makes reflect the flawed nature of humanity, making him a compelling protagonist.

Moreover, the worldbuilding in this novel is superb. Brown skillfully creates a universe filled with strange and diverse life forms, each with their own unique characteristics and societies. From telepathic aliens to sentient computers, Earthmen Bearing Gifts delves deep into the unknown, challenging our preconceived notions of what is possible.

One of the novel's greatest strengths lies in its ability to explore complex themes within the framework of a thrilling and entertaining story. Brown tackles issues such as privacy, the abuse of power, and the consequences of unchecked curiosity. These thought-provoking themes give the book a sense of depth, elevating it above simple escapism.

While Earthmen Bearing Gifts may not revolutionize the science fiction genre, it undoubtedly stands as a highly enjoyable and engaging read. With its smart writing, intriguing premise, and well-developed characters, Fredric Brown's novel offers a captivating adventure that both casual readers and dedicated sci-fi fans will appreciate.

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Transcriber's note. This story was published in Galaxy magazine, June 1960. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Mars had gifts to offer and Earth had much in return if delivery could be arranged!




Illustrated by CARTER

Dhar Ry sat alone in his room, meditating. From outside the door he caught a thought wave equivalent to a knock, and, glancing at the door, he willed it to slide open.

It opened. "Enter, my friend," he said. He could have projected the idea telepathically; but with only two persons present, speech was more polite.

Ejon Khee entered. "You are up late tonight, my leader," he said.

"Yes, Khee. Within an hour the Earth rocket is due to land, and I wish to see it. Yes, I know, it will land a thousand miles away, if their calculations are correct... Continue reading book >>

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