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Thing of Beauty, a (1973) [Short Story]
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After the Insurrection, a civil war on American soil, much of the country's cultural treasures and landmarks are crumbling and decaying. Much of the United States is in ruins, and those that are left have rebuilt their own lives and homes and don't particularly worry that the legendary greatness of their nation is slowly fading into the dregs of history.

Mr. Harris is a broker for national treasures. He sells them to willing buyers at a profitable price and pockets much of the traded capital. The Japanese, now the most powerful nation on earth, have gained a taste for old American "souveniers", and Mr. Shiburo Ito, head of the world's largest shipping company, has decided to purchase something to impress his wife. Something huge, somethiing immense, something mindboggling.

Now, Harris has to convince him to buy a landmark, and he has to do it without offending Ito's strange sensibilities.

Published in Analog (January 1973). Reprinted in:

  • No Direction Home
  • The Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories

Original title: A Thing of Beauty
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien BeingsAlien Invasion & Post-occupation

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Oxford Book of Science Fiction Stories, the (1992) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , Ursula K. Le Guin , David Brin , Rudyard Kipling , H. G. Wells , William Gibson , George R. R. Martin , Brian W. Aldiss , Harry Harrison , Frederik Pohl , Cordwainer Smith , Thomas M. Disch , Walter M. Miller, Jr. , Bruce Sterling , James Blish , Larry Niven , A.E. van Vogt , Clifford D. Simak , Norman Spinrad , Paul J. McAuley , J. G. Ballard , Gene Wolfe , Lewis Padgett , Jack Williamson , Raccoona Sheldon , Hilbert Schenck , John W. Campbell , Frank L. Pollock , Stanley G. Weinbaum , James H. Schmitz

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