By Harlan Ellison
3rd printing (1976) paperback. it is a 1971 number of tales from this winner of extra awards for ingenious literature than the other dwelling writer - together with a number of Hugos, Nebulas and Edgars. CONTENTS: advent: The track of the Soul (1970); i've got No Mouth, and that i needs to Scream (1967); The Discarded (1959); Deeper Than the Darkness (1957); Blind Lightning (1956); the entire Sounds of worry (1962); The Silver hall (1956); "Repent, Harlequin!" acknowledged the Ticktockman (1965); vibrant Eyes (1965); Are You Listening? (1958); try out a lifeless Knife (1968); In Lonely Lands (1959); Eyes of dirt (1959); not anything for My midday Meal (1958); O Ye of Little religion (1968); The Time of the attention (1959); existence Hutch (1956); The final Day of an excellent girl (1958); evening Vigil (1957); Lonelyache (1964); Pennies, Off a useless Man's Eyes (1969).
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Curran leaped to his feet. “You can’t send me away like this! You don’t speak for all of them aboard. You can’t treat a Terran emissary this way-” Bedzyk had him by the jumper, and had propelled him toward the closed companionway door before the Attaché knew quite what was happening. He hit the door and rebounded. As he stumbled back toward Bedzyk, the great-chested mutant snatched the briefcase from beside the control chair and slammed it into Curran’s stomach. “Here! Here’s your offer and your lousy demands, and get off this ship!
He tried to break in, “Are you insane, Swope? Putty, that’s all you are! Putty when you see a fake hope that you’ll get off this ship! Can’t you see they just want to use us! ” Samswope’s face grew livid and he screamed, “Shut up! Just shut up and let Curran talk! We don’t want to die on this ship. You may like it, you little tin god, but we hate it here! ” Bedzyk again burst in, trying vainly to speak over the hubbub from the corridor. “Can’t you see he’s lying? ” Bedzyk faltered into silence and watched the scene before him.
Without a mouth that was impossible. At the ceremony in the saloon, Samswope acted as minister, for the Discards had made him their leader, in the same, silent way they had made Bedzyk the leader before him. Spirits ran high, and the constant knowledge that as soon as Earth had the Sickness under control, they would be going home. Then one “afternoon” the ship came. Not the little tugs, as they had supposed, but a cargo ship nearly as big as their own home. Samswope rushed to synch in the locks, and when the red lights merged on the board, he locked the two together firmly, and scrambled back through the throng to be the first to greet the men who would deliver them.
Alone Against Tomorrow: Stories of Alienation in Speculative Fiction by Harlan Ellison