All the Earth a Grave by C. C. MacApp (1963) Science Fiction Short Stories Fantasy Full Audiobook

Title: All the Earth a Grave Author: C. C. MacApp Description: There’s nothing wrong with dying–it just hasn’t ever had the proper sales pitch! Genre: Science Fiction Reader: Arctic Frost Book details Word Count (estimated) 4980 20 pages Published March 24th…

All the Earth a Grave by C. C. MacApp (1963) Science Fiction Short Stories Fantasy Full Audiobook

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Title: All the Earth a Grave
Author: C. C. MacApp
Description: There’s nothing wrong with dying–it just hasn’t ever had the proper sales pitch!
Genre: Science Fiction
Reader: Arctic Frost

Book details
Word Count (estimated) 4980
20 pages
Published March 24th 2011
(first published December 1963)

Opening: It all began when the new bookkeeping machine of a large Midwestern coffin manufacturer slipped a cog, or blew a transistor, or something. It was fantastic that the error — one of two decimal places — should enjoy a straight run of okays, human and mechanical, clear down the line; but when the figures clacked out at the last clacking-out station, there it was. The figures were now sacred; immutable; and it is doubtful whether the President of the concern or the Chairman of the Board would have dared question them — even if either of those two gentlemen had been in town.

About this author: C.C. MacApp
C. C. MacApp – pseudonym of Carroll Mather Capps – was an American science fiction author. He also wrote as Carroll J. Clem.

Capps was also a well-known chess player in the San Francisco area.

Genres: Science Fiction Fiction Short Stories

And All the Earth a Grave by C. C. MacApp, Science Fiction, Fantasy, Adventure

About the Author
C. C. MacApp, pseudonym of Carroll Mather Capps (1917 – 1971) was an American science fiction author. He was also a long-time benefactor of San Francisco chess. He was a former president of the San Francisco Bay Area Chess League and won the Northern California and San Francisco chess championship several times. His writing career, which began – after illness forced his retirement – with “A Pride of Islands” in May 1960 for If, with which magazine he was chiefly associated for the balance of his short career. Much of his fiction concerns itself with Invasions by Aliens, notably the Gree stories in If and Worlds of Tomorrow – running from “Slaves of Gree” to “A Beachhead for Gree” and his first novel, Omha Abides, in which a long-lasting occupation by the alien Gaddyl is opposed by Terrans. These heroes’ Native-American nature also finds expression in MacApp’s most ambitious novel, Worlds of the Wall, an intriguing adventure of self-fulfilment – his protagonists typically resolve besetting personal crises through action – through immersion in a strange other-Dimensional world. Subb centers on what may be Greek gifts given to humanity by yet more aliens: a Faster Than Light interstellar expressway and prolonged life through brain transplant into humanoid but troublingly impassive-faced “subb” bodies. Though most of his work skimps character development in favor of action-oriented plots, MacApp’s last novel, Bumsider, pays more attention to the development of his cast’s personalities. In general he wrote clearly and excitingly and his range was still growing at the time of his death; the early truncation of his career was much regretted. Selected short fiction was eventually assembled as Somewhere in Space and Other Stories.

More from the author
Novels
As listed in Fantastic Fiction

Omha Abides (1968)
Prisoners of the Sky (1969)
Secret of the Sunless World (as Carroll M. Capps, 1969)
Worlds of the Wall (1969)
Recall Not Earth (1970)
SUBB (1971)
Bumsider (1972)
Short stories
Published in Galaxy Science Fiction:

“The Drug” Galaxy, February 1961
“And All the Earth a Grave” Galaxy, December 1963
“A Flask of Fine Arcturan” Galaxy, February 1965
“Sculptor” Galaxy, April 1965
“The Mercurymen” Galaxy, December 1965
“Spare That Tree” Galaxy, June 1967
Published in Worlds of If:

“Prisoners of the Skies”, Worlds of If, February 1966
“The Impersonators”, Worlds of If, January 1967
“When Sea is Born Again”, Worlds of If, May 1967
“A Ticket to Zenner””, Worlds of If, July 1967
“The Fortunes of Peace”, Worlds of If, September 1967
“Winter of the Llangs”, Worlds of If, October 1967
“Mail Drop”, Worlds of If, November 1967
“Where the Subbs Go”, Worlds of If, May 1968
“The Hides of Marrech”, Worlds of If, July 1968
“Dream Street”, Worlds of If, September 1968
“Mad Ship”, Worlds of If, May 1969
Gree series
This space opera series ran in Worlds of If alongside Fred Saberhagen’s Berserker series and Keith Laumer’s tales of Retief, the galactic diplomat.

“The Slavers of Gree”, Worlds of If, August 1964
“Gree’s Commandos”, Worlds of If, February 1965
“Gree’s Hellcats”, Worlds of If, April 1965
“No Friend of Gree”, Worlds of If, June 1965
“Gree’s Damned Ones”, Worlds of If, September 1965
“Enemies of Gree”, Worlds of If, September 1966
“The Sign of Gree”, Worlds of If, November 1966
“A Beachhead for Gree”, Worlds of If, February 1967

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