"The General Zapped an Angel was written for fun, and offers me a chance to smile at the absurdity of human existence. Therefore, these stories of fantasy and science fiction are among the most serious writing I have done." (Howard Fast)
Nearly forty years after the publication of his first story, "The Wrath of Purple," in the science fiction magazine Amazing Stories, Howard Fast returned to the genre with a set of nine supremely entertaining tales. In this collection, a Vietnam general shoots down what appears to be an angel, a man sells his soul to the devil for a copy of the next day's Wall Street Journal, and a group of alien beings bestow a mouse with human thought and emotion. Fast, one of the best-selling authors of the twentieth century, skewers war hawks, oil speculators, and profit-at-all-costs capitalism, issues that are still relevant today.
American novelist and television writer Howard Fast alleged that man is the only creature who "refuses to grow up", and he embodies this theory in his collection of science fiction and fantasy. Published in 1970, The General Zapped an Angel has already proven its staying power. With a light-hearted tone, Dena Pacitti's enthusiastic performance adds fun to this audiobook. Meanwhile, she captures the sense of wonder present in each bizarre story, punctuating Fast's imaginative conceptions with thoughtful pauses. Her exciting interpretation surely would have made Fast proud.
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