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Fifty Per Cent Prophet   By: (1927-1987)

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Fifty Per Cent Prophet by Randall Garrett is a thought-provoking and captivating science fiction novel that explores the power of prophecy and the consequences it carries. Set in a dystopian future, the story follows the life of Paul Breckenridge, a man gifted with the extraordinary ability to predict the future with 50% accuracy.

What makes this book truly exceptional is the author's remarkable ability to blend elements of science fiction with the human experience. Garrett masterfully crafts a world that feels both familiar and alien, where advancements in technology alongside societal decline have created an atmosphere of uncertainty. This backdrop serves as the perfect canvas to explore the moral, ethical, and philosophical implications of prophecy.

The protagonist, Paul, is a flawed yet relatable character who grapples with his own abilities and the consequences they bring. As the story progresses, we witness the complexity of Paul's predicament, as he struggles to comprehend the responsibility that comes with his gift. The narrative delves into the toll such foresight takes on his personal relationships and his own sense of self. Garrett's portrayal of Paul's internal struggle is both poignant and thought-provoking, leaving readers questioning the true nature of destiny and free will.

In addition to its engaging characters, Fifty Per Cent Prophet offers a compelling and intricately woven plot. The pacing is excellent, with just the right blend of action, suspense, and introspection. The author's meticulous attention to detail adds layers of depth to the story, making the world feel immersive and believable.

Garrett's writing style is concise yet evocative, capturing the essence of each scene with vivid descriptions and powerful dialogue. His prose flows effortlessly, ensuring a smooth reading experience that keeps readers engaged from start to finish. Moreover, the author's exploration of complex themes like the nature of reality, the limits of human agency, and the morality of knowing the future elevates the narrative beyond typical science fiction fare.

If there is any shortcoming to this novel, it lies in its brevity. Some readers may yearn for more fleshed-out secondary characters or further exploration of the societal implications of prophecy. However, this slight drawback is a testament to the novel's ability to leave readers craving for more, eager to ponder the questions it raises.

In conclusion, Fifty Per Cent Prophet is a captivating and intellectually stimulating science fiction novel that explores the moral and philosophical dilemmas surrounding prophecy. Randall Garrett's masterful storytelling, compelling characters, and thought-provoking themes make this book a must-read for fans of the genre. Prepare to be taken on a journey that challenges your preconceived notions about destiny and the power of knowing the future.

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This etext was produced from Analog Science Fact & Fiction September 1961. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.





That he was a phony Swami was beyond doubt. That he was a genuine prophet, though, seemed ... but then, what's the difference between a dictator and a true prophet? So was he....

Illustrated by Schoenherr

Dr. Joachim sat in the small room behind his reception hall and held his fingers poised above the keys of the rather creaky electrotyper on his desk. The hands seemed to hang there, long, slender, and pale, like two gulls frozen suddenly in their long swoop towards some precious tidbit floating on the writhing sea beneath, ready to begin their drop instantly, as soon as time began again.

All of Dr. Joachim's body seemed to be held in that same stasis. Only his lips moved as he silently framed the next sentence in his mind.

Physically, the good doctor could be called a big man: he was broad shouldered and well muscled, but, hidden as his body was beneath the folds of his blue, monkish robe, only his shortness of stature was noticeable... Continue reading book >>

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