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The Power of Illusion


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A new collection of stories by the master of humorous science fiction adventure, including:
The full-length novel, The Day the Machines Stopped—and what happens, not just to civilization, but to humanity and its chances of survival when all the machines stop working at once?

A man is captured by aliens who are investigating the Earth as a possible target for colonization. The aliens have science and technology far in advance of humans—but, unfortunately for them, they have never developed the human art of bluffing.

For the first time in book form, Anvil's stories of Richard Verner, who is called in to solve apparently insoluble problems, such as explaining why experimental missiles keep failing for no apparent reason, or locating a kidnapped judge, or even solving an inexplicable murder that's interrupting his vacation.

And much more, in a generous volume of sardonically humorous science fiction.

Cover Art by Bob Eggleton


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This is a work of fiction. All the characters and events portrayed in this book are fictional, and any resemblance to real people or incidents is purely coincidental.

First printing, October 2010

Distributed by Simon & Schuster
1230 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10020

Pages by Carol Russo
Printed in the United States of America

ISBN-13: 978-1-4391-3412-2
ISBN-10: 1-4391-3412-X

Copyright© 2010 by Christopher Anvil

All rights reserved, including the right to reproduce this book or portions thereof in any form.

A Baen Books Original
Baen publishing Enterprises
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Riverdale, NY 10471
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Electronic version by Baen Books


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