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eBook The Runaway Skyscraper epub
  • ISBN: 8132004868
  • Author: Murray Leinster
  • Genre: Fiction
  • Subcategory: Genre Fiction
  • Language: English
  • Publisher: Tutis Digital Publishing Pvt. Ltd.; large type edition edition (March 20, 2008)
  • Pages: 112 pages
  • ePUB size: 1474 kb
  • FB2 size 1473 kb
  • Formats rtf mbr lit txt

The Runaway Skyscraper. Complete in this issue.

The Runaway Skyscraper. I. The whole thing started when the clock on the Metropolitan Towerbegan to run backward. It was not a graceful proceeding. The handshad been moving onward in their customary deliberate fashion,slowly and thoughtfully, but suddenly the people in the officesnear the clock's face heard an ominous creaking and groaning. There was a slight, hardly discernible shiver through the tower,and then something gave with a crash. The big hands on the clockbegan to move backward.

The Runaway Skyscraper" is a science fiction short story by American writer Murray Leinster, first appeared in the February 22, 1919 issue of Argosy magazine. Although Leinster had been appearing regularly in The Smart Set and pulp magazines such as Argosy and Short Stories for three years, "The Runaway Skyscraper" was his first published science fiction story (or more accurately, scientific romance, since Hugo Gernsback had yet to coin the phrase "science fiction").

Title: The Runaway Skyscraper. Author: Murray Leinster. Genre(s): Science Fiction.

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LibriVox recording of The Runaway Skyscraper, by Murray Leinster. Read by Gregg Margarite (1957-2012). Arthur Chamberlain has problems. His one-man engineering firm is faltering and his pretty secretary Estelle barely notices him. But these problems. But these problems are put aside when his Manhattan office building falls into the fourth dimension. Madison Square is filled with wigwams and it’s up to Arthur to engineer a way to make his building to fall back to the future. The Runaway Skyscraper first appeared in the February 22, 1919 issue of Argosy magazine. Summary by Gregg Margarite).

Arthur Chamberlain has problems.

Murray Leinster (1896-1975) was the pseudonym of William Fitzgerald Jenkins, an award-winning American writer of science fiction and alternate history. He wrote and published over 1,500 short stories. and articles, 14 movies and hundreds of radio scripts and television plays. Leinster began his career as a free-lance writer before World War I; he was two months short of his 20th birthday when his first story, The Foreigner, appeared in the May 1916 issue of H. L. Mencken's literary magazine The Smart Set. Over the next three years, Leinster published ten more stories.

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Comments: (7)
Murray Leinster had a long career in magazine science fiction, from the late 1910s well into the 1960s. He wrote two stories that are absolute classics of the genre-- "Sidewise in Time" (1934) and "First Contact" (1945)-- along with a lot of stories that haven't held up as well.

This novelette was Leinster's first piece of science fiction, originally published in Argosy magazine (a general-interest fiction magazine) in 1919, seven years before the first science fiction magazine, Amazing Stories, came on the market. Amazing republished this story in one of its first issues, and Leinster was a staple of the SF pulps for the next 40 years.

Given its age, this is still a fun read-- a Manhattan skyscraper is transported back in time to pre-Columbian New York; the workers in the building struggle to survive by hunting, fishing and trading with the Indians while the protagonist, a young engineer, figures out how to transport the building back to the 20th century. The science is of course laughable: an earth tremor knocks the building into the "fourth dimension" causing it to move backwards in time; though the single building is the only piece of modern Manhattan to travel back in time, the electricity and gas still work. But the story is entertainingly told, and the plot outline-- unexpected scientific event puts people in danger; plucky scientist solves the problem-- became the basic pattern of pulp magazine science fiction for decades to come. Some of the scenes (modern New Yorkers bartering with ancient Indians) seem to be the seeds of Leinster's later masterpiece, "Sidewise in Time," in which different historical eras are jumbled.

This story is a free download for the Kindle, so reading it it will cost you nothing but a little of your time. If you have any interest in the history of science fiction, that will be time well spent.
Sparely written, especially the characterization and the background and emotional reactions. You can credit it as being an early work, a Science Fiction forerunner, but Jules Verne and H. G. Welles were even earlier pioneers in the genre, and took far more pains to immerse the reader in the story, and as a result produced much better works. My impression is that Leinster got carried away with the idea and cranked it out as fast as he could to get the idea on paper, which was perhaps necessary in those times in order to make a living at it, but he really needed an expansive rewrite to make it an acceptable story. Another restriction is that it probably had to fit within the word limit set by Argosy Magazine, where it was originally printed. Still, it reads like the early draft of an idea, and not like a finished work. I try not to judge yesterday's works by today's standards, but even by earlier standards it seems to me that my 3-star rating is probably generous.
This sci-fi time travel story is reprinted from the February 22, 1919 issue of "Argosy" magazine. You will not find good explanations for time travel or why the building's electricity, telephone exchange and elevators continued to function. You may also note one of the differences in American & New York culture between 1919 & the present. The bank on the ground floor had a number of revolver armed guards and a stored arsenal of a dozen riot guns and a half-dozen high power rifles. The office building's occupants produced another 40 or 50 revolvers, one shotgun, and some fishing equipment. Murray Leinster went on to become a major sci-fi author
It kind of reminds me of Costigan's Needle by Jerry Sohl in that a group of people get hijacked to another time/world where they create a new society. Here, unfortunately, it's just a matter of a short time so you don't get the depth of the story and it kind of smacks of the 50s and feels a bit hokey but it's still a fun story. The continuing of power for the building bothers me. The impression is that the building is independently coal powered. Worth a read, especially free.
excellent vintage sci files from a master...almost 100 years old. a must read for classic sci files readers. check it out. written a few years before sci files was even identified as a distinct genre.
This is an old short story that it is impossible to take seriously, but that does not prevent it from being fun to read.
At the moment I write this Amazon does not offer this title in Europe, but because this book is in the public domain you will be able to find it for free on the web.

Originally published in 1919, this book has 57 pages (wordcount 17141) in the printed version. Some people may find the age of the book a problem, the pace is slower than in modern books and the science in this book is not very good. I do find it to be a very readable short novel and do recommend giving it a try.
Good quality paperback but, the print is far to small and made reading the text very difficult - as the text is only 30 or so pages long the print could have been doubled (or tripled) in size to make the reading experience less difficult.
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