Asimov, Isaac (ed.) - Catastrophes! / Азимов, Айзек (ред.) - Катастрофы! [1981, FB2, ENG]

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Isaac Asimov (ed.) - Catastrophes!

Название: Catastrophes! / Катастрофы!
Год выпуска: 1981
Под редакцией: Asimov, Isaac & Greenberg, Martin H. & Waugh, Charles G. / Азимов, Айзек & Гринберг, Мартин & Во, Чарльз
Издательство: Fawcett Crest
ISBN: 0-449-24425-3
Формат: FB2
Качество: OCR
Язык: английский

Антология фантастики о катастрофах: от гибели Вселенной до гибели цивилизаций
Среди авторов: Isaac Asimov, Harlan Ellison, Fritz Leiber, Ursula K. Le Guin, Robert Sheckley ...
Part 1. Universe Destroyed
The Last Trump / Трубный глас by Isaac Asimov
No Other Gods by Edward Wellen
The Wine Has Been Left Open Too Long and the Memory Has Gone Flat / Вино слишком долго простояло открытым, воспоминания выветрились by Harlan Ellison
Stars, Won't You Hide Me? by Ben Bova
Part 2. Sun Destroyed
Judgement Day by Lloyd Biggle, Jr.
The Custodian / Хранитель by William Tenn
Phoenix / Феникс by Clark Ashton Smith
Run from the Fire / Бегство от огня by Harry Harrison
Part 3. Earth Destroyed
Requiem / Реквием by Edmond Hamilton
At the Core / В глубине души by Larry Niven
A Pail of Air / Ведро воздуха by Fritz Leiber
King of the Hill / Царь горы by Chad Oliver
Part 4. Humanity Destroyed
The New Atlantis / Новая Атлантида by Ursula K. Le Guin
History Lesson / Экспедиция на Землю by Arthur C. Clarke
Seeds of the Dusk / Посев сумрака by Raymond Z. Gallun
Dark Benediction / Тёмное благословение by Walter M. Miller, Jr.
Part 5. Civilization Destroyed
Last Night of Summer by Alfred Coppel
The Store of the Worlds / Лавка миров by Robert Sheckley
How It Was When the Past Went Away / Как всё было, когда не стало прошлого by Robert Silverberg
Shark Ship (= Reap the Dark Tide) / Корабль-акула by C. M. Kornbluth
Seeds of the Dusk
by Raymond Z. Gallun

It was a spore, microscopic in size. Its hard shell-resistant to the utter dryness of interplanetary space-harbored a tiny bit of plant protoplasm. That protoplasm, chilled almost to absolute zero, possessed no vital pulsation now-only a grim potentiality, a savage capacity for revival, that was a challenge to Fate itself.
For years the spore had been drifting and bobbing erratically between the paths of Earth and Mars, along with billions of other spores of the same kind. Now the gravity of the Sun drew it a few million miles closer to Earth’s orbit, now powerful magnetic radiations from solar vortices forced it back toward the world of its origin.
It seemed entirely a plaything of chance. And, of course, up to a point it was. But back of its erratic, unconscious wanderings, there was intelligence that had done its best to take advantage of the law of averages.
The desire for rebirth and survival was the dominant urge of this intelligence. For this was during the latter days, when Earth itself was showing definite signs of senility, and Mars was near as dead as the Moon.
Strange, intricate spore-pods, conceived as a man might conceive a new invention, but put into concrete form by a process of minutely exact growth control, had burst explosively toward a black, spacial sky. In dusty clouds the spores had been hurled upward into the vacuum thinness that had once been an extensive atmosphere. Most of them had, of course, dropped back to the red, arid soil; but a comparative few, buffeted by feeble air currents, and measured numerically in billions, had found their way from the utterly tenuous upper reaches of Mars’ gaseous envelope into the empty ether of the void.
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