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Pi Man, the (1959) [Short Story]
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Summary :

What if the universe was a giant pattern, balanced particularly and in need of constant compensation. In "The Pi Man", it is. And the method of compensation lies in a man named Peter Marko, who must spend every minute of every day doing the bidding of an unknown force compelling him to perform various tasks. Sometimes they are helpful to his fellow humans, other times they can go so far as to be termed abominable. Marko has no choice in the matter. If the task involves the one he loves, he can no more prevent its completion than if it involves his worst enemy. Now a beautiful woman is pursuing him for a relationship at all costs, and torn between wanting her and wanting to protect her, he doesn't know what to do.

Original title: The Pi Man
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience Fiction

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Ascent of Wonder: The Evolution of Hard SF, the (1994) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Edgar Allan Poe , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , Alfred Bester , Isaac Asimov , Philip K. Dick , Nathaniel Hawthorne , Robert A. Heinlein , Anne McCaffrey , Jules Verne , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Greg Bear , Bruce Sterling , Gregory Benford , Poul Anderson , James Blish , Larry Niven , Vernor Vinge , James Tiptree, Jr. , Rudy Rucker , Michael F. Flynn , Clifford D. Simak , James P. Hogan , Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore , Cyril M. Kornbluth , Bob Shaw , Theodore Sturgeon , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Gordon R. Dickson , Robert L. Forward , Ed Bryant , Dean Ing , Ian Watson , John M. Ford , Kate Wilhelm , Hal Clement , Randall Garrett , Raymond F. Jones , Philip Latham , Miles J. Breuer , Tom Godwin , John Sladek , Raymond Z. Gallun , Hilbert Schenck , Richard Grant , Theodore L. Thomas , Donald M. Kingsbury , George Turner , Katherine MacLean , Don A. Stuart

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