Orbit (anthology Series) - Orbit 8

Orbit 8

Published in 1970 by G.P. Putnam's Sons and edited by Damon Knight.

Table of contents:

  • "Horse of Air", by Gardner Dozois, reprinted in Nebula Award Stories, The Best from Orbit, and The Visible Man. A man survives the end of the world inside his apartment.
  • "A Method Bit in "B"", by Gene Wolfe. A police sergeant investigating a murder discovers he is actually a bit character in a B-movie.
  • "Interurban Queen", by R.A. Lafferty, reprinted in RINGING CHANGES, Days of Grass, Days of Straw, and in Lafferty in Orbit. A lightly satirical story about an alternate history America where light rail systems have become the norm and cars are outlawed. This world is portrayed as a paradise, with all cities small, unique, and mostly for entertainment. Cars still exist, and are built by "Sly klunker makers". Being caught driving a car is a capital offense without trial.
  • Notable quote

"A man in an automobile is worth a thousand men on foot"

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