[Pathways] 'A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales' by Geoffrey Klempner

A Better Ray Gun and Other Tales: twenty sci-fi stories with a philosophical twist

I have published another book, which is available in Kindle format and in paperback from Amazon:

US https://www.amazon.com/dp/B089XZGRHF
UK https://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/B089XZGRHF

The sci-fi short stories collected in this book were written at two different times. I wrote ten over 1990-1 for philosophy classes run by the WEA, Sheffield. I later used these for first-year tutorial sessions at Sheffield University.

In 1995, my sci-fi stories became the backbone of the first of my six Pathways to Philosophy, 'The Possible World Machine'. Over the years, they have been read and commented on by numerous students from every angle and have stood the test of time.

One of these stories, 'The Black Box' was selected for the 5th edition of 'Doing Philosophy: an introduction through thought experiments' edited by Theodore Schick and Lewis Vaughn, published by McGraw Hill.

This prompted me to have another try, and in 2012 I wrote another ten sci-fi stories. All were around 800 words, more sketches than complete stories and in need of further development. But I kept putting this off until now. The pandemic may well have played a significant part in prompting me to work on these until I was satisfied with the result. Extracts can be found at https://philosophicaltales.blogspot.com.

CONTENTS

A Better Ray Gun
The Black Box
I Love Your Waspish Waist
Walkabout
A Million Dark Years
A Case of Doubt
The Last... What?
A Lesson in Biology
Alien Baby
The Insurance Policy
Perfect Day
The Good Witness
Hare and Hounds
The Fatalists
Hold That Sucker Down
The Ministry of Perception
Go Deep
Space Hopper
That Feeling When
Message From a Lonely Planet

Geoffrey Klempner
klempner@fastmail.net


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