Ayn Rand

Ayn Rand was an American novelist, philosopher, playwright, and screenwriter. She is known for her two best-selling novels, The Fountainhead and Atlas Shrugged, and for developing a philosophical system she called Objectivism. Born and educated in Russia, Rand moved to the United States in 1926. She had a play produced on Broadway in 1935–1936. After two early novels that were initially unsuccessful in America, she achieved fame with her 1943 novel, The Fountainhead.
In 1957, she published her best-known work, the novel Atlas Shrugged. Afterward, she turned to non-fiction to promote her philosophy, publishing her own magazines and releasing several collections of essays until her death in 1982. Rand advocated reason as the only means of acquiring knowledge and rejected faith and religion. She supported rational and ethical egoism, and rejected altruism. In politics, she condemned the initiation of force as immoral and opposed collectivism and statism as well as anarchism, instead supporting laissez-faire capitalism, which she defined as the system based on recognizing individual rights. In art, Rand promoted romantic realism.
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Ayn Rand
He lived in the dark ages of the future. In a loveless world he dared to love the woman of his choice. In an age that had lost all trace of science and civilization he had the courage to seek and find knowledge. But these were not the crimes for which he would be hunted. In a future where there is no love, no science, and everyone is equal and of one entity, one man defies the group to be his own person. That is a serious offense. Written with all the power and conviction that made The Fountainhead a classic of American letters, Ayn Rand's Anthem is a hymn to man's independent spirit and to the highest word in the human language - "Ego." First written in 1937, Anthem was published in England, but was refused in publication in America, for reason which the reader might discover by reading it for himself. In 1946, it appeared as a pamphlet, issued by Pamphleteers, Inc., of Los Angeles. This is its first American publication in regular book form. Anthem tells the story of a man who rediscovers the individualism and his own "I"--In a world of absolute collectivization, a world where sightless, joyless, selfless men exist for the sake of serving the State; where their work, their food and their mating are prescribed to them by order of the Collective's rulers in the name of society's welfare - a world which has lost all the achievements of science and civilization, when it lost their root, the independent mind, and has reverted to primitive savagery - a world where language contains no singular pronouns, where the "We" has replaced the "I," and where men are put to death for the crime of discovering and speaking the "unspeakable word." The story tells of one man who rebelled, of his struggle and his victory. Assigned to the life work of street sweeper by the rulers who resented his brilliant, questioning, unsubmissive mind - he becomes a scientist, secretly, risking his life for the sake of his quest for knowledge. In the midst of collective stagnation, where men toil at manual labor by the light of candles - he discovers electricity. In the midst of eugenic planning and State-controlled Palaces of Mating - he discovers a personal love and a woman of his own choice. In the midst of brutal morality which proclaims that man is only a sacrificial animal to the needs of others - he discovers that man's greatest moral duty is the pursuit of his own happiness. He endures danger, denunciation, imprisonment, torture - but he breaks the chains of the Collective, he escapes with the woman he loves, to start a new life in an uncharted wilderness, and he reaches the day when he is able to predict that "my home will become the capital of a world where each man will be free to exist for his own sake. "Anthem presents not merely a frightening projection of existing trends, but, more importantly, a positive answer to those trends and a weapon against them, a key to the world's moral crisis and to a new morality of individualism - a morality which, if accepted today, will save us from a future such as the one presented in this story.
Isaac Asimov
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"Zora and the Land Ethic Nomads," by Mary A. Turzillo
"Food for Friendship," by E.C. Tubb
"The Life Work of Professor Muntz," by Murray Leinster
"Tiny and the Monster," by Theodore Sturgeon
"Beyond Lies the Wub," by Philip K. Dick
"Pictures Don’t Lie," by Katherine MacLean
"The Big Trip Up Yonder," by Kurt Vonnegut, Jr.
"Storm Warning," by Donald A. Wollheim
"The Application of Discipline," by Jason Andrew
"Tom the Universe," by Larry Hodges
"Wild Seed," by Carmelo Rafala
"Tabula Rasa," by Ray Cluley
"The Eyes of Thar," by Henry Kuttner
"Regenesis," by Cynthia Ward
"Not Omnipotent Enough," by George H. Scithers and John Gregory Betancourt
"Plato’s Bastards," by James C. Stewart
"Pen Pal," by Milton Lesser
"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran
"The Arbiter," by John Russell Fearn
"The Grandmother-Granddaughter Conspiracy," by Marissa Lingen
"Top Secret," by David Grinnell
"Living Under the Conditions," by James K. Moran
"Sense of Obligation," by Harry Harrison
"Angel's Egg," by Edgar Pangborn
"Youth," by Isaac Asimov
"Anthem," by Ayn Rand

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