With the dramatic skill of one of science fiction’s foremost story-tellers, Lewis Padgett explores the future—the future of war and frightening mental weapons.
Chessboard Planet jumps far into the future. Robert Cameron, trained in applied psychology, finds himself being driven insane by a strange, unfathomable force. As an experienced psychometrician, he fights the terrifying hallucinations (a doorknob, for example, opens a blue eye and looks at him). He knows his job is vital. America, dug into great, shielded cavern-cities, has been at war for decades with the European Falangists, a war planned by technicians and fought by robots. Now a new Falangist weapon has appeared to break the stalemate. And it is up to Cameron to find the man to provide the solution—before his own mind collapses under the weird and terrible madness!
Under the deft touch of Padgett, this book is thoroughly enjoyable, exciting reading.
America and Europe are at war, each living in underground cities and sending robots to do the fighting. A mercenary from the future provides the Europeans with a complex equation that alters natural laws, and American scientists begin to go insane while trying to solve it.