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Alexander the Bait (1946) [Short Story]
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Summary :

In all ages and all times, those responsible for the greatest advances in human knowledge and technology were those with the money. Not the raw brainpower, though they bought that, and not the political power, though they bought that too. In the end, greed has been the underlying force behind most great leaps of knowledge.

Alexander Parks understands this. And as he sadly watches humankind turning inward, instead of reaching for the stars, he shakes his head in frustration and wonders what it will take for his race to finally put forth the resources and intense planning needed to leave forever the crushing pull of gravity and the selfish urge to preserve the stagnant status quo.

Then a brilliant idea comes to him...

Original title: Alexander the Bait
Original languages: English

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Genre: FictionScience FictionTechnologySpace Flight

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1952) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , H. P. Lovecraft , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Jack London , James Blish , L. Sprague de Camp , A.E. van Vogt , Jack Vance , Fletcher Pratt , Damon Knight , Murray Leinster , Richard Matheson , Eric Frank Russell , Theodore Sturgeon , John D. MacDonald , Lewis Padgett , Wyman Guin , Lester del Rey , Raymond F. Jones , Alan E. Nourse , Fredric Brown , A.J. Deutsch , Anthony Boucher , William Tenn , Paul Ernst , David H. Keller , Katherine MacLean , John Leimert , B.F. Ruby , Will H. Gray , David Grinnell , Mark Clifton , Ross Rocklynne , Ann Griffith , R.R. Winterbotham , Ralph Williams , Chester S. Geier , W. Hilton-Young , André Maurois , Ralph Robin , H.B. Fyfe , Robert Abernathy , Peter Phillips

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