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No Charge for Alterations   By: (1914-1996)

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In No Charge for Alterations, H. L. Gold takes readers on an exhilarating journey through the realms of science fiction, providing a collection of thought-provoking short stories that challenge the boundaries of imagination. With each tale, Gold expertly weaves together elements of humor, social commentary, and sheer inventive genius.

One of the most commendable aspects of this book is the author's ability to craft engaging and diverse characters. From anthropomorphic robots struggling with their own existential crises to extraterrestrial beings grappling with their place in the universe, Gold introduces readers to a mesmerizing array of personalities. The depth and complexity of each character make it impossible not to become invested in their narratives, provoking empathy and introspection.

Moreover, Gold's skillful storytelling is apparent in his ability to seamlessly blend science fiction themes with timely social commentary. These stories serve as powerful metaphors for various pressing issues, providing readers with a fresh perspective on topics such as discrimination, human nature, and the consequences of societal structures. By taking familiar themes and placing them in alien contexts, Gold encourages readers to reevaluate their own beliefs and biases.

The pacing of the book is another remarkable feature. Each story unfolds at a brisk pace, captivating readers from the very beginning. Gold's concise and evocative writing style ensures that every word counts, allowing for intense immersion within the tales. There is never a dull moment, with each story standing out as a testament to Gold's ability to captivate and surprise readers.

However, a slight drawback of this collection is that some stories could benefit from more extensive development. While H. L. Gold excels at generating awe-inspiring ideas, a few stories feel too short, leaving readers longing for further exploration of the intricate worlds he creates. Nonetheless, this minor flaw does not detract from the overall enjoyment and intellectual stimulation that No Charge for Alterations provides.

In conclusion, No Charge for Alterations is a remarkable collection that demonstrates H. L. Gold's mastery of the science fiction genre. With its memorable characters, thought-provoking themes, and captivating storytelling, this book offers a thrilling escape into the depths of imagination. Whether you are a seasoned science fiction enthusiast or a casual reader seeking a mind-expanding experience, No Charge for Alterations is a must-read that will undoubtedly leave a lasting impression.

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No Charge For Alterations


Illustrator : H. Sharp

[Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Amazing Stories April May 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]

[Sidenote: "Wanta know what's wrong with women these days? Spoiled! The whole kit and kaboodle of 'em. They want to sing in nightclubs and hook up with some millionaire and wear beautiful clothes. Housework is something for gadgets to take care of, with maids to run the gadgets. Afraid to get a few calluses on their dainty hands!

" We got a way to handle that on Deneb. A girl gets highfalutin up there, the Doc puts her in the Ego Alter room. Thicken up her ankles a little, take some of the sparkle out of her eyes and hair, and you get a woman fit to pull a plow! "

Hold it, Madam! H. L. Gold said that; not us. Personally, we like girls not Percherons! ]

If there was one thing Dr. Kalmar hated, and there were many, it was having a new assistant fresh from a medical school on Earth. They always wanted to change things. They never realized that a planet develops its own techniques to meet its own requirements, which are seldom similar to those of any other world... Continue reading book >>

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