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The Fourth "R"   By: (1911-1981)

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In "The Fourth 'R'" by George O. Smith, readers are taken on a captivating journey through a world where education and human potential have reached unimaginable heights. Set in a future where knowledge is no longer confined to traditional subjects, Smith introduces us to the concept of the "Fourth R" - Relativity.

Smith's storytelling skills shine through as he crafts a narrative that seamlessly blends elements of science fiction, mystery, and even a touch of romance. The protagonist, Tom Runyon, finds himself caught up in a thrilling adventure as he becomes the unwitting pawn in a grand scheme to harness the power of time itself.

What makes this novel truly exceptional is the way Smith tackles complex scientific concepts. Whether it's the intricacies of temporal mechanics, the theoretical potential of time travel, or the moral implications of manipulating the fourth dimension, the author masterfully presents these ideas in a manner that is both accessible and thought-provoking.

One can't help but become deeply invested in the characters as they grapple with the weighty consequences of their actions. Runyon's transformation from a seemingly ordinary individual to a central figure in a battle for knowledge and morality is a captivating journey that keeps readers engaged from beginning to end. Smith's attention to detail in depicting the emotions, conflicts, and ethical dilemmas faced by his characters adds layers of depth to an already intriguing plot.

However, at times, the novel may feel overly focused on technical explanations and scientific jargon, potentially alienating readers who are less scientifically inclined. Nevertheless, the rich world-building and intricate plot twists make up for this minor setback, ensuring that even those unfamiliar with the intricacies of relativity theory can enjoy the story on its other merits.

"The Fourth 'R'" is both an intellectual adventure and an exploration of human nature. As Smith delves into the repercussions of unlimited knowledge and the boundaries of human potential, he prompts readers to question their own beliefs about progress, morality, and the responsibility that comes with acquiring knowledge.

In conclusion, "The Fourth 'R'" is a fantastic piece of science fiction that pushes the boundaries of the genre. From its engaging characters to its thought-provoking exploration of scientific concepts, George O. Smith weaves a mesmerizing tale that will leave readers contemplating the implications of knowledge and the ever-elusive fourth "R" - Relativity.

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THE FOURTH "R"

By George O. Smith

Published by DELL PUBLISHING CO., INC. 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza New York, New York 10017

Copyright 1959, by George O. Smith All rights reserved. For information contact: Dell Publishing Co., Inc.

Printed in the United States of America.

First Dell printing April 1979

[Transcribers note: This is a rule 6 clearance. A copyright renewal has not been found.]

BOOK ONE:

FUTURE IMPROMPTU

CHAPTER ONE

James Quincy Holden was five years old.

His fifth birthday was not celebrated by the usual horde of noisy, hungry kids running wild in the afternoon. It started at seven, with cocktails. They were served by his host, Paul Brennan, to the celebrants, the boy's father and mother. The guest of honor sipped ginger ale and nibbled at canap├ęs while he was presented with his gifts: A volume of Kipling's Jungle Tales , a Spitz Junior Planetarium, and a build it yourself kit containing parts for a geiger counter and an assortment of radioactive minerals to identify. Dinner was served at eight, the menu selected by Jimmy Holden with the exception of the birthday cake and its five proud little candles which came as an anticipated surprise from his "Uncle" Paul Brennan.

After dinner, they listened to some music chosen by the boy, and the evening wound up with three rubbers of bridge... Continue reading book >>




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