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A Filbert Is a Nut   By: (1919-1994)

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A Filbert Is a Nut by Rick Raphael is a delightful and engaging exploration of human behaviors and relationships set in a futuristic world. The story takes place in a world where advanced technology, virtual realities, and interplanetary travel have become a part of everyday life.

The narrative follows the life of the protagonist, John Breton, a young man who embarks on a thrilling adventure that challenges his beliefs and understanding of the world. Raphael beautifully captures the essence of a coming-of-age story by skillfully blending elements of science fiction with personal growth and introspection.

One of the most compelling aspects of this novel is Raphael's world-building. He crafts a vivid and believable futuristic society, complete with advanced technology and intricate social structures. From the bustling cities to the desolate planets, the author's attention to detail immerses the reader in a world that feels tangible and richly imagined.

The characters in A Filbert Is a Nut are beautifully developed and relatable. John Breton, in particular, undergoes a remarkable transformation throughout the story. From a naive and sheltered young man, he gradually evolves into a complex and introspective individual, facing moral dilemmas and questioning his own beliefs. The supporting cast also adds depth to the narrative, each with their own distinct personalities and motivations.

The author's prose is elegant, with a perfect balance between descriptive passages and dialogue. Raphael's writing style is engaging and easy to follow, making it a joy to read. The pacing is well-executed, with exciting action sequences and quiet introspective moments that give the story a natural ebb and flow.

A Filbert Is a Nut is not just a science fiction adventure; it also delves into thought-provoking themes, such as the nature of identity, the importance of human connection, and the repercussions of technological advancement. The exploration of these themes adds layers of depth to the story, making it more than just an entertaining read.

Overall, A Filbert Is a Nut by Rick Raphael is a compelling and enjoyable book. It seamlessly blends elements of science fiction with personal growth, creating a story that captivates and challenges its readers. With its strong characters, immersive world-building, and thought-provoking themes, this novel is a must-read for fans of the genre.

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Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Astounding Science Fiction November 1959. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.



That the gentleman in question was a nut was beyond question. He was an institutionalized psychotic. He was nutty enough to think he could make an atom bomb out of modeling clay!

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Miss Abercrombie, the manual therapist patted the old man on the shoulder. "You're doing just fine, Mr. Lieberman. Show it to me when you have finished."

The oldster in the stained convalescent suit gave her a quick, shy smile and went back to his aimless smearing in the finger paints.

Miss Abercrombie smoothed her smock down over trim hips and surveyed the other patients working at the long tables in the hospital's arts and crafts shop. Two muscular and bored attendants in spotless whites, lounged beside the locked door and chatted idly about the Dodgers' prospects for the pennant.

Through the barred windows of the workshop, rolling green hills were seen, their tree studded flanks making a pleasant setting for the mental institution. The crafts building was a good mile away from the main buildings of the hospital and the hills blocked the view of the austere complex of buildings that housed the main wards... Continue reading book >>

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