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Sounds like "A Dry, Quiet War" by Tony Daniel, 1996 (full text here) as previously asked here a few other times. The protagonist is Col. Henry Bone, a veteran of the "Big War at the End of Time." The bad guys are "glims": "Soldiers who don't go home after the war. The fighting gets into them and they don't want to give it up, or can't. Sometimes they have ...


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Is it possible this is "The Petrified World" (1968) by Robert Sheckley? It was in his collection Can You Feel Anything When I Do This? (1973). The protagonist, Lanigan, is from a much more mutable world than ours: Lanigan looked at his watch. "Six-fifteen." But as he said it, the hour hand jumped convulsively forward. "No, it's five to seven." He has a ...


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This sounds a bit like The Men Return by Jack Vance, previously identified as the answer to Short Story -- earth in a pocket of non-causality. This was written in 1957, so it fits your time frame, and it matches in some ways but differs in others. In the words of the story: Then came the terrible hour when Earth swam into a pocket of non-causality, and ...


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This is David Masson's "Traveller's Rest", previously asked about in this question. I can't find a summary anywhere, but here's an extract from one review: ...as one travels south, one travels down-time (time moves slower) while as one travels north, one travels up-time – where time moves very quickly. I loved how Masson further illustrates this by ...


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Could this be "The Lotus Eaters" by Stanley G. Weinbaum? A month after the events in "Parasite Planet", Hamilton "Ham" Hammond and Patricia Burlingame are married, and thanks to Burlingame's connections, the two have been commissioned by the Royal Society and the Smithsonian Institution to explore the night side of Venus. There they find a species of warm-...


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Your patron might be thinking of In a Blue Velvet Dress, ostensibly by a lady named "Catherine Sefton," although that was actually a pen name of Martin Waddell. Here's a cover-scan of the first edition. Looking at it might ring a bell in your patron's head. (Or not, as the case may be.) And here's a summary from Kirkus Review: The bookless house at 3 ...


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This is probably Mercedes Lackey's Tarma and Kethry stories. The Oathbound: Introduces Tarma–swordswoman trained by elite warriors in all forms of deadly combat–and Kethry, former noblewoman whose magical skills were shaped by a powerful school of sorcery. United by the Goddess and armed with a magical sword drawing them to those in need, Tarma and Kethry ...


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Mission of Gravity (1953), by Hal Clement Mission of Gravity takes place on Mesklin, a planet with a mass 16 times that of Jupiter. Mesklin's rapid rotation of once every 17 minutes 45 seconds gives it the shape of an oblate spheroid; its equatorial diameter is substantially greater than its polar diameter. Mesklin has a solid surface partly covered by ...


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If you had not mentioned the meeting another time traveler and the recency of the story, I would have sworn it is "Last Rites" by Ray Bradbury. But it is not only indeed "about a time traveler (possibly rogue(?)) who meets important historical figures just before their death and informs them of the importance and influence that they have on the future" ...


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It's not a short story but rather a novel, however, Mindblast (1991) by Diane Duane and Peter Morwood, the first book in the Space Cops series seems to match quite well. I can't find a version of the story online and there isn't too much out there on it but the below descriptions give a bit of detail on it. Officer Lon Salonikis discovered the dark secret ...


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As noted in a comment by Martin May (but never followed up on), this is the comic story "Good Lord!" with script by Marv Wolfman and art by Dave Cockrum. The story is an homage to earlier pulp-style science fiction and adventure stories. It was first published in Marvel Preview no. 1 (1975) and reprinted in no. 20 (in 1980) On the last two pages of the ...


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The piece is an extract from Arthur C. Clarke's 2001: A Space Odyssey. It was not a standalone piece of literature. The passage I was trying to remember is as follows: "There were other thinkers, Bowman also found, who held even more exotic views. They did not believe that really advanced beings would possess organic bodies at all. Sooner or later, as ...


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Sounds like the dystopia The Space Merchants by Frederik Pohl and C. M. Kornbluth (1953), where a chicken heart of monstrous size, nicknamed Chicken Little, was cultivated for meat that was periodically trimmed off. The novel was originally serialized in Galaxy.


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The BBC's Torchwood (a pseudo-apin-off of Doxtor Who) had an episode like this in season 2, episode 4, 'Meat'. The team investigates a meat company whose product seems to be extraterrestrial in origin. Jack makes the requisite bad innuendo puns about "eating alien meat". By complete coincidence, the meat is transported by... Rhys' company. Gwen doesn't ...


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"A Planet Named Shayol" by Cordwainer Smith? I remember something about screams from the prison planet being transmitted to Earth. Mercer has been convicted of a crime that has no name. He is condemned to the planet Shayol, from where they broadcast the screams of the damned on the occasion of the Emperor's birthday. He is conducted to a satellite ...


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Since I cannot comment, I'd like to point out that the accepted answer is incorrect. Reason: the object given in the answer is topologically just a 4-ball (D^4), it is simply mathematically impossible to have the outcome that happens at the end of the story because in such a world continuing in any direction would lead to a boundary whereas Ted Chiang's ...


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This is Override by George R.R. Martin Science fiction short story about a corpse-handler who's double-crossed while collecting swirlstones in a beautiful off-world grotto. "Override" is the term for the box that his opponent uses to turn the corpses against him.


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"The Man Who Tasted Ashes", a short story by Algis Budrys, first published in If, February 1959, available at the Internet Archive. Does any of these covers ring a bell? Short story about an unpleasant character He gestured toward the bureau top. "Pour me some more of that." Alcohol affected him swiftly but not deeply. Once it had stripped him of the ...


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Gordon R. Dickson Call Him Lord. The visit to Earth is a kind of "manhood test" to reveal the Prince's suitability (or not) to be the next Emperor. When the escort meets the Emperor, the latter demands to know how his son failed the test. After going over a few lesser problems, the escort gets to the heart of the matter, saying "Lord. He was a coward," and ...


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"...And All the Stars a Stage" by James Blish. 1086 A.D.: A sudden glare of light in the constellation later called Taurus. The Chinese astronomer T'ang Yaou-Shun marks it down: A new and marvelous star, portending miracles. But the miracle has already happened. It sleeps inside Yaou-Shun, in twelve of his genes. At one point, the serial was ...


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I've read this—the story is "Black Colossus", and yes it was written by Howard. The country of Khoraja is threatened by an encroaching army of an evil sorcerer, a divine voice tells the Khorajan princess to save her nation she must put at the head of its army the first man she meets on the streets of her city—who happens to be the mercenary Conan. The wall ...


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Posting a partially matching answer, "The Machine Stops" by E.M. Forster matches other than being too old (1909) and not mentioning "McCloo". The story describes a world in which most of the human population has lost the ability to live on the surface of the Earth. Each individual now lives in isolation below ground in a standard room, with all bodily and ...


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Possibly Light Verse, published in The Saturday Evening Post, September / October, 1973. If so, the (very) brief mention you're thinking of is: The very last person anyone would expect to be a murderer was Mrs. Avis Lardner. Widow of the great astronaut-martyr, she was a philanthropist, an art collector, a hostess extraordinary, and, everyone agreed, an ...


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I agree it's 'The Cave of Night' from X minus One, and perhaps also made in Dimension X. It was told in first-person from the perspective of a reporter working on the story of the brave astronaut who sacrifices all for exploration. We hear interview recordings the reporter is working on, as well as other news reports and senate hearings. It's all part of the ...


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The story is What Did Tessimond Tell You by Adam Roberts. I read it in the Solaris Rising 1.5 ebook. The story starts: THE NOBEL WAS in the bag, and we were only a fortnight from our public announcement, when Niu Jian told he was quitting. I assumed it was a joke. But Niu Jian had never been a practical joker; and of course he wasn’t kidding now. The ...


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"Doomsday Deferred", a short story by Will F. Jenkins aka Murray Leinster. The narrator, an American butterfly hunter in Brazil, is visited by a desperate man: It happened in Milhao, where José Ribiera came to me. Milhao is in Brazil, but from it the Andes can be seen against the sky at sunset. It is a town the jungle unfortunately did not finish burying ...


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This may be Ray Bradbury's short story "Night Call, Collect", which centers on an old man on Mars being tormented by messages recorded by his younger self. "Impossible!" The voice of the young Barton laughed, far away. "I've no way to tell if you ever get this call. This is all mechanical. You're talking to a transcription, no more. This is 2037. Sixty ...


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As per Short story about humans as beasts of burden for another race, read about 30 years ago, this is "The Silk and the Song" (1956) by Charles L. Fontenay. It was released in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction, July 1956 It's about a group of humans who are enslaved by aliens, generations after a disastrous landing on their planet. They ...


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"Totally Camelot", a short story by Esther M. Friesner in Asimov's Science Fiction, August 1998, available at the Internet Archive. Beneath the great elf-mound all was revelry, but joy and wanton merry-making both ceased in an instant at the sound of hard-soled boots upon the stones. Wild song and wilder dance died outright at the coming of the messenger ...


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This is “Stuffing” by Jerry Oltion, first published in The Mammoth Book of Extreme Science Fiction in 2006. To quote from tardigrade's excellent answer elsewhere on the site... A humorous short story in which people have been modified to be able to acquire their entire calorific requirements via photosynthesis and nobody eats at all, or even remembers ...


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This is Jack Vance's novelette "The World Between" (1953), also known as "Ecological Onslaught". It has the two competing terraforming crews, from planets called Blue Star and Kay and the interaction of the competing processes results in a wild, but viable world very different (but more interesting) from any of the sterile designs originally intended by the ...


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It could be "The Lesser Magic" by Gregory Kusnick in Analog, April 1987. According to "Fantasy Review" it's about a scientific examination of a psychic's powers. They fall in love, they get separated, years later they meet again. She's become a successful psychic, he's become a professional debunker. Houston pivoted and strode upstage to his chair. "On ...


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"Trauma", a novelette by Eric Vinicoff, first published in Analog Science Fiction/Science Fact, May 1988. In the present a man with a broken arm gets off his sailboat and goes into town to get medical attention. It's not the beginning of the story, and his arm isn't broken, but here it is: Bill was standing at the bow rail as the Trauma eased into its ...


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I suspect that you are indeed thinking of Esther Friesner's "Wake-up Call". It's Arthurian fiction, published in Asimov's 2000 collection, Camelot, as well as Up the Wall and it does involve modern speaking patterns. It was published in a magazine, Isaac Asimov's Science Fiction Magazine, December 1988 Possibly of use to your recollection, Arthur still ...


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I think this is a "Little Black Bag" by Cyril Kornbluth. It was originally published in Analog, but much earlier, in the 50s. Wikipedia summarized the plot thusly: A "physicist" goads his minder into giving him specifications for a time machine. The faux physicist builds it, and uses it to send a "doctor" friend's highly automated medical kit into the ...


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I'll guess that it's a short novel, it's only one kid, and it's The Forgotten Door by Alexander Key. It has an opening at night (looking at shooting stars) and the mean old farmer. (Also, it was issued by Scholastic, so likely to be encountered in school.) Do the boy's telepathy, his being from a more peaceful society, a kind family that takes him in, and ...


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This is almost definitely "Trouble with Treaties" by Katherine MacLean & Tom Condit as mentioned in this previous answer. It was originally published in 1959 in the anthology Star Science Fiction Stories No. 5 so it definitely qualifies as "vintage." It's been a long time since I read it, but as best I recall the (human) telepath figures out that the ...


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Found the book series, it's called the The Woodland Folk series by Tony Wolf. The particular stories about the dragons come from the The Woodland Folk Meet Dragons book. I googled for fairy tug of war dragon dwarf and this popped up. The link gave me the information about the author and that was enough for me to search and buy a copy of the book


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"Rabbits to the Moon" by Raymond E. Banks, is a story I found in the anthology A Decade of Science Fiction, stories selected by Robert P. Mills. Mail from the mail moon rocket took two weeks to arrive and the teleportation device delivered skeletons two weeks after the rest of the body, so they were experimenting on rabbits. Lots of fun reading this.


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Could this be Stanislaw Lem's The Star Diaries, more specifically 'The Eleventh Voyage'? By the way, Lem’s story ends with the protagonist’s discovery that the robot planet contains no real robots, but only human agents dressed up as robots, all sent in disguise to infiltrate the ranks of the Magnificans. Having betrayed their humanity, they all act like ...


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This could be Arthur C. Clarke's novel Islands in the Sky, published in 1952. The main plot concerns a boy's trip to the Inner Station, which he lawyers his way into when his prize for winning an aviation quiz is a trip to "any part of the Earth" as opposed to "any place on Earth". The spiderlike Mercurians were described in a story within the story ...


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