Will there be sports in man's future? Science fiction says, "Well, yes and no." Yes, there will be sports-- of a sort. No, they won't necessarily be the same sports we know today.
Editor Terry Carr has collected the views of seven science-fiction veterans on this subject and presents them here in an anthology about the ways in which men may compete in centuries to come.
- In "Joy in Mudville,"the bear-faced natives of Toka defend their baseball championship of the Interbeing League.
- In "Bullard Reflects," the Dazzle Dart champions turn their athletic gifts against a crew of murderous invaders.
- In "The Body Builders," a fighter exchanges his own heavyweight frame for the body of a jockey, and is promptly challenged to fight.
- In "The Great Kladnar Race," bored earthmen try to get up a morning line from among the low-slung, six-legged kladnars of Gornik VII.
- In "Mr. Meek Plays Polo," a visitor to Saturn finds his game of space polo being masterminded by a group of educated bugs.
- In "Sunjammer," space vehicles are powered only by their vast, mile-high plastic sails which are propelled by the sun.
- In "Run to Starlight," earthling footballers are faced with a team of squat, super-powerful Brish-diri.
Sports fans or not, readers will enjoy this engaging compendium--- fantastic athletes, frantic coaches, and all.