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Cities of Wonder (1966) [Anthology]
by Robert Abernathy Brian W. Aldiss J. G. Ballard Stephen Vincent Benét James Blish John W. Campbell E. M. Forster Robert A. Heinlein Damon Knight Cyril M. Kornbluth Henry Kuttner Walter M. Miller, Jr. Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore Don A. Stuart Rating: Weighted - 6.7 / Average - 6.0 of 10 (1 votes) (Rate!)
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Summary (From the publisher):

When man faces doom from outer space, he must choose between escape to other worlds or life in giant cocoons.


A network of mechanical robots, mastered by a central nuclear computer, abolished crime and poverty in the city--and destroyed initiative. Only one man remained who had the power to save the others.


  • Introduction by Damon Knight
  • Single Combat by Robert Abernathy
  • Dumb Waiter by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
  • Jesting Pilot by Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore
  • "It's Great to Be Back!" by Robert A. Heinlein
  • Billennium by J. G. Ballard
  • Okie [Earthman, Come Home] by James Blish
  • The Luckiest Man in Denv by C. M. Kornbluth
  • The Machine Stops by E. M. Forster
  • The Underprivileged by Brian W. Aldiss
  • By the Waters of Babylon [The Place of the Gods] by Stephen Vincent Benét
  • Forgetfulness by John W. Campbell, Jr.

Original title: Cities of Wonder
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionTechnology
FictionScience FictionPlanets & SocietiesFuture Earths

The following works are contained within this one:
     Machine Stops, the (1909) [Novelette]
      Author: E. M. Forster
     By the Waters of Babylon (1937) [Short Story]
      Author: Stephen Vincent Benét
     Forgetfulness (1937) [Novelette]
      Authors: Don A. Stuart , John W. Campbell
     Jesting Pilot (1947) [Short Story]
      Authors: Henry Kuttner , Catherine Lucille (C.L.) Moore
     "It's Great to Be Back!" (1947) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert A. Heinlein
     Okie (1950) [Novelette]
      Author: James Blish
     Dumb Waiter (1952) [Novelette]
      Author: Walter M. Miller, Jr.
     Luckiest Man in Denv, the (1952) [Short Story]
      Author: Cyril M. Kornbluth
     Single Combat (1955) [Short Story]
      Author: Robert Abernathy
     Billenium (1961) [Short Story]
      Author: J. G. Ballard
     Underprivileged, the (1963) [Short Story]
      Author: Brian W. Aldiss

Edition #1: Cities of Wonder

Cities of Wonder (1966)
Edition Details:

Language: English

Edited by: Damon Knight
Introduction by: Damon Knight
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Manifested in:

Cities of Wonder (1971)

Format: Paperback
Place of publication: New York, NY
Publisher: MacFadden-Bartell
Pages: 251
Notes: Book #95-165

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