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Zen   By: (1923-1998)

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Jerome Bixby's Zen is a captivating and mind-bending journey that challenges the boundaries of reality and consciousness. Through a series of interconnected stories, Bixby takes readers on an exploration of human existence and the role of perception in shaping our understanding of the world.

One of the standout features of Zen is Bixby's exceptional ability to blend elements of science fiction, philosophy, and psychological thriller into a coherent narrative. The book defies categorization as it seamlessly weaves together various themes, leaving readers questioning their own notions of reality and the nature of consciousness.

Bixby's writing style is both thought-provoking and evocative. He effortlessly transports readers into the minds of his characters, allowing us to experience their innermost thoughts and vulnerabilities. The vivid descriptions and vivid imagery breathe life into each story, enabling us to see the world through the characters' eyes and ultimately question our own perception of reality.

Throughout Zen, Bixby explores the fundamental nature of existence, raising profound questions about the nature of reality, free will, and the boundaries of human consciousness. The book delves into the intricacies of perception and how our biases and preconceived notions shape our understanding of the world around us. These philosophical undertones are beautifully integrated into the narrative, enriching the storytelling and challenging readers to contemplate the deeper meaning behind each story.

Another strength of Zen lies in its ability to keep readers guessing until the very end. Bixby expertly crafts unexpected twists and turns, ensuring that the stories remain unpredictable and compelling. Each story offers a unique experience that builds upon the previous ones, culminating in a thought-provoking conclusion that leaves a lasting impact on the reader's mind.

Despite its innovative and intellectually stimulating content, it is worth noting that Zen may not be suitable for readers seeking a straightforward narrative. The book demands active engagement and an open mind, as it challenges conventional notions of storytelling and reality. However, for those willing to embark on an unconventional literary journey, Zen offers a rewarding and mind-expanding experience.

In conclusion, Jerome Bixby's Zen is a masterfully written exploration of reality, perception, and human consciousness. With its blend of science fiction, philosophy, and psychological depth, the book offers a unique reading experience that pushes the boundaries of conventional storytelling. Bixby's thought-provoking narrative and intricate storytelling make Zen a must-read for those seeking a book that challenges their understanding of the world and leaves them pondering the mysteries of existence.

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Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable they were vastly dangerous!

[Illustration: Illustrated by ASHMAN]

It's difficult, when you're on one of the asteroids, to keep from tripping, because it's almost impossible to keep your eyes on the ground. They never got around to putting portholes in spaceships, you know unnecessary when you're flying by GB, and psychologically inadvisable, besides so an asteroid is about the only place, apart from Luna, where you can really see the stars.

There are so many stars in an asteroid sky that they look like clouds; like massive, heaped up silver clouds floating slowly around the inner surface of the vast ebony sphere that surrounds you and your tiny foothold. They are near enough to touch, and you want to touch them, but they are so frighteningly far away ... and so beautiful: there's nothing in creation half so beautiful as an asteroid sky.

You don't want to look down, naturally.

I had left the Lucky Pierre to search for fossils (I'm David Koontz, the Lucky Pierre 's paleontologist). Somewhere off in the darkness on either side of me were Joe Hargraves, gadgeting for mineral deposits, and Ed Reiss, hopefully on the lookout for anything alive. The Lucky Pierre was back of us, her body out of sight behind a low black ridge, only her gleaming nose poking above like a porpoise coming up for air... Continue reading book >>

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