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The Red Dust

By: Murray Leinster
Published By: Double9 Books
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Murray Leinster's "The Red Dust" is a thought-provoking science fiction novella. Set in a future where interstellar travel is possible, the novel delves into the tremendous impact of an alien substance known as "red dust" on human culture and the ethical quandaries it poses. The story follows the crew of the spaceship Discovery, which is on a mission to investigate a faraway star system. They discover a planet with a peculiar red dust on its surface that has unique and life-altering qualities. Individuals exposed to this dust develop incredible intelligence and knowledge, effectively transforming them into geniuses. However, there is a big disadvantage to the dust: it is addictive, and individuals who use it become completely dependent on it. As the team considers the moral ramifications of introducing red dust to humanity, they must decide whether to share their newfound knowledge with Earth or keep it hidden. The account raises serious concerns about the responsibilities that come with scientific discovery, as well as the potential implications of meddling with human intelligence. Murray Leinster's literature blends science fiction elements with ethical and philosophical considerations. The investigation of the balance between technological development and ethical considerations in "The Red Dust" interest’s readers. It's a cautionary story about the unforeseen repercussions of technological progress and the ethical quandaries they might cause.

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Murray Leinster

Murray Leinster (June 16, 1896 – June 8, 1975) was a pen name used by William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an American writer of genre fiction, primarily science fiction. He wrote and published almost 1500 short stories and essays, 14 film scripts, and hundreds of radio and television plays. Leinster Jenkins, the son of George B. Jenkins and Mary L. Jenkins, was born in Norfolk, Virginia. His father was a bookkeeper. Despite the fact that both parents were born in Virginia, the family resided in Manhattan in 1910, according to the Federal Census. Despite being a high school dropout, he began working as a freelance writer before World War I. His debut tale, "The Foreigner," appeared in the May 1916 issue of H. L. Mencken's literary magazine The Smart Set, two months before his twentieth birthday. Leinster contributed 10 more tales in the magazine over the next three years; in a September 2022 interview, Leinster's daughter noted that Mencken advocated using a pseudonym for non-Smart Set work. Leinster served in the United States Army and the Committee of Public Information during World War I (1917-1918). His writing began to appear in pulp magazines such as Argosy, Snappy Stories, and Breezy Stories during and after the war. He continued to be published in Argosy into the 1950s.

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Product Details

  • Publisher: Double 9 Books
  • Publishing Year: 2023
  • Language: English
  • Paperback: 62Pages
  • ISBN-10:9359321575
  • ISBN-13:9789359321578
  • Item Weight: 93g
  • Dimension : 216 x 140 x 3.92mm
  • Country of Origin : India
  • Importer: Double 9 Books
  • Packer: Double 9 Books
  • Book Type : Science / General