Tales from the White Hartby Arthur C. Clarke
From outside it was simply an ordinary looking London pub, a place you'd have to be guided to more than once before you memorized it's location, somewhere between Fleet Street and the Embankment. But, if by chance, an insider led you to the White Hart on a Wednesday night, you would have found yourself in the midst of a select gathering or writers, editors, scientists and interested layman - drinking, swapping odd bits of information, and, like as not, listening to Harry Purvis' memorable stories.
A scientist by profession, Harry Purvis has had or heard about some of the most astonishing experiences - like the story of the carnivorous orchid that was used in a murder plot, or the one about the military computer that was converted to pacifism. There's SILENCE PLEASE, involving a spurned lover and a device that was supposed to destroy sound; and BIG GAME HUNT, in which an ambitious researcher becomes so wrapped up in his latest projest - controlling animal behavior with electrical impulses - that he overlooks one tiny important detail.
Such stories may challenge your powers of logic and strain your imagination. Yet even if you doubt their veracity, they're guaranteed to provide you with hours of SF reading. Baron Munchausen, step aside.
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Arthur C. Clarke
Born 1917 in Minehead, England. Died 19th of March 2008 in Sri Lanka.