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Indirection   By: (1918-1977)

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Indirection by Everett B. Cole is a fascinating science fiction novel that takes readers on a thought-provoking journey into the realm of advanced technology and its implications on humanity. Set in a future where interstellar travel and telepathy have become commonplace, Cole explores the potential dangers and ethical dilemmas that arise from these advancements.

The story primarily follows Clee Garson, a renowned telepath, who stumbles upon a mysterious and highly guarded artifact that holds great power. As he delves deeper into uncovering its origins and purpose, he becomes entangled in a complex web of political intrigue, secret societies, and conflicting agendas.

What sets Indirection apart is the author's masterful skill in crafting a well-paced and suspenseful narrative. Cole skillfully weaves together intricate plotlines, constantly leaving the reader guessing and craving for answers. The novel is filled with unexpected twists and turns, keeping the audience on their toes until the very end.

One of the aspects that I particularly appreciated about this book is the exploration of the ramifications of advanced technology on society. Through the lens of this science fiction world, Cole raises thought-provoking questions about the limits of human understanding and control. He cleverly examines how telepathy, a gift that seems to promote communication and understanding, can also be wielded as a tool for manipulation and oppression.

Additionally, Cole’s character development is commendable. Clee, the central protagonist, is a complex and multi-dimensional character who grapples with the moral implications of his own abilities. As the story progresses, he undergoes a profound transformation, which further highlights the thematic depth of the narrative.

However, at times, the story can become slightly dense with technical jargon and intricate scientific explanations. While this may appeal to readers who enjoy hard science fiction, it may also prove a bit challenging for those less familiar with the genre.

In conclusion, Indirection is an engrossing science fiction novel that skillfully blends intrigue, suspense, and philosophical musings. Everett B. Cole showcases his storytelling prowess, delivering a captivating narrative that explores the ethical dilemmas posed by advancements in technology. While the inclusion of technical jargon may deter some readers, those who appreciate thought-provoking science fiction will find themselves mesmerized by the intricate plotlines and well-developed characters.

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INDIRECTION

The best way to keep a secret is to publish it in a quite unbelievable form and insist that it is the truth.

BY EVERETT B. COLE

Illustrated by Freas

Elwar Forell leaned back in his chair, looking about the small dining salon. The usual couples were there, he noticed. Of course, the faces were different from those of last evening, but the poses were similar. And the people were there for the same reasons. They were enjoying the food and drinks, just as many others had enjoyed them before. But like all those others, their greater enjoyment was in the company of one another. Forell glanced at the vacant chair across the table from him and sighed.

It would be nice, he thought, if But any arrangement involving a permanent companion would be hardly practical under his circumstances. After all, prudence dictated limits.

He picked up his cup and drained it, then leaned back and beckoned the waiter over.

"The reckoning, please," he ordered.

He looked again at the letter on the table before him, then folded it and put it in his pocket. It was well, he thought. His latest book of fairy tales and fantasy had enjoyed good acceptance. And the check in the letter had been of satisfactory size. He smiled to himself... Continue reading book >>




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