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The Hunter and The Trap

One of America's most popular and versatile literary figures vaults the ordinary time-space fences of storytelling to create two stimulating, even unnerving, examples of speculative fiction.

With that sure narrative skill for which he is so justly famed, Howard Fast provokes compassion, curiosity, and horror in THE HUNTER, the story of Andrew Bell, an American writer whose reputation and love life have Hemmingwayesque proportions. Returning from an African safari, Bell throws one of those parties for friends and would-be friends which delight columnists and provoke cafe society. But when the party is over, Bell realizes that now he is no longer the hunter but the quarry -- the celebrity hunted. In a vivid, frightening portrait of the proud but faltering writer whose time is running out, Fast projects a daring and original fantasy.

On the huge, isolated reservation which is the setting of THE TRAP, a group of dedicated scientists with vast government support creates a controlled environment divorced from the errors and sins of our culture, where superior children can be reared to become super people.

Taking an ironic view of the potential of man, Howard Fast writes of the fantastic breakthrough in human perception that occurs when the children develop the ability to read minds, project thought, and thus alter not only their own artificial environment but the lives of the citizens "outside." The result is a story that is both suspenseful and profound.

The mode of speculative fantasy has long fascinated Howard Fast and these works in the genre are among the most imaginative ever published.

from the dust jacket of the 1967 Dial Press first edition