One Side Laughing: Stories Unlike Other Stories

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One of science fiction's preeminent writers for more than forty years, Damon Knight has always been considered a master of the short story. Deemed "a brilliant craftsman who can handle any story form with crisp finesse" by Alfred Bester, and considered "one of the very finest short-story writers ever to work in the genre" by Gardner Dozois, Damon Knight has authored classics such as "To Serve Man," "Four in One," "Stranger Station," and "The Big Pat Boom."

In these seventeen tales, ranging from visions of the infinite to perceptions of the pedestrian, Damon Knight remains relentlessly at the top of his form. His vorpal wit glitters in "The Time Exchange," while "La Ronde" glows with polished beauty; the utopian insight of "I See You" is as sharp as the jagged pain of "Each Prisoner Pent." "The Very Objectionable Mr. Clegg" turns things on their heads, while "Strangers on Paradise" depicts a world set right—perhaps too right. Throughout these stories runs a deep commitment best called art.

Frequently reprehensible, consistently unclassifiable, elegantly beautiful, and entirely enjoyable, One Side Laughing is a collection of vintage Damon Knight. As powerful as they are pleasurable, these tales are treasures to be read, and read, and read again. Forever.

Praise for Damon Knight

"[Damon Knight] has not only a scintillating imagination but also the mastery of words necessary to describe his visions beautifully."
—James Michener

"Damon Knight's own writing has always been a showcase for the best of New Wave ideals. He knows English; he thinks through implications; but his characters live and breathe, and any of the stories in this book may shake your notion of what shape a story may have."
—Larry Niven

"The fiction of Damon Knight...has that unpretentious ease and rightness which a reviewer calls, for lack of a more analytical term, readability. Though it deals always with ideas and often with technologies, it is miraculously clear even to the reader who has never before encountered science fiction. Knight is surely one of the most civilized of science-fiction writers."
—Anthony Boucher

"Knight is a man of stature and quality, a writer of importance, and a writer whose works will be a new and perhaps jarring experience for many people."
—Barry N. Malzberg

About the Author

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Damon Knight

Damon Knight was a science fiction author, editor, critic and fan. His forte was short stories and he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre. He was a member of the Futurians, an early organization of the most prominent SF writers of the day. He founded the Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America, Inc. (SFWA), the primary writers' organization for genre writers, as well as the Milford Writers workshop and co-founded the Clarion Writers Workshop. He edited the notable Orbit anthology series, and received the Hugo and SFWA Grand Master award. The award was later renamed in his honor. He was married to fellow writer Kate Wilhelm.


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