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Gun for Hire

Mack Reynolds

Book Overview: 

A gun is an interesting weapon; it can be hired, of course, and naturally doesn't care who hires it. Something much the same can be said of the gunman, too.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .What is this, some religious crackpot hospital?"

Reston-Farrell said, "I am afraid, Mr. Salviati-Prantera, that these are the only garments available. I suggest you look out the window there."

Joe gave him a long, chill look and then stepped to the window. He couldn't figure the other. Unless he was a fruitcake. Maybe he was in some kind of pressure cooker and this was one of the fruitcakes.

He looked out, however, not on the lawns and walks of a sanitarium but upon a wide boulevard of what was obviously a populous city.

And for a moment again, Joe Prantera felt the depths of nausea.

This was not his world.

He stared for a long, long moment. The cars didn't even have wheels, he noted dully. He turned slowly and faced the older man.

Reston-Farrell said compassionately, "Try this, it's excellent cognac."

Joe Prantera stared at him, said finally, flatly, "What's it all about?"

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Community Reviews

This is one of my two favorite short stories from the time before all the nonsense we see now.

This is type of prose I haven't seen recently, its one or two sentences a paragraph yet the description is poignant, precise and delivers a sense of whats going on without be obtrusive; this kind of short

Sci fi -crime drama.

Mack Reynolds probably had a lot of fun writing the dialog on this one. A time travel tale revolving around assassination.

This one hooked me. Really wish it had been made into a full length.

I think sci-fi works best when it explores the human reaction to novel things, whereas this story seemed to look at a future humanity which was so altered in nature that it didn't ring true.