The late Reginald Bretnor (1911-1992) was never a prolific writer -- he published only a handful of books and about 100 short stories [and more than 120 short-short "Feghoots" under the Grendel Briarton pseudonym] -- over a 45-year writing career. Needless to say, he never made a living from writing, unless you count the time he spent creating propaganda for the Office of War Intelligence during World War II. After the end of the war, he took a job with the U.S. State Department, where he remained until retirement.
In addition to wars, weaponry, and science fiction, Bretnor's broad interests included cats. (And puns. Did we mention the horrible puns?) These subjects are all touched on in this collection. A sly sense of humor permeates Bretnor's fiction, and as we work to digitize his complete body of work and present it to readers in a series of Reginald Bretnor Megapacks, we you'll have fun reading them. [John Betancourt, from The First Reginald Bretnor Megapack (2013)]