Alexei Panshin's The Abyss of Wonder
My name is Alexei Panshin. That's Alexei as in Sergei or Andrei. But you can call me Alex.
This is My Den, or, if you prefer, The Hole We're In. This is where I do my work.
Behind you are the library,
the lab, the interdimensional gateway, the microwave and the
Look around all you like, but don't press the red button if you don't
unforeseeable things to happen.
And please don't feed the robot. He's been putting on weight
PADGET HISTORY OF AMERICA
the ancestors my mother sought to find
and what my wife Cory made of them
the unusual men and miraculous events
necessary for my father
to become a rational man
Art by Barclay Shaw
Background courtesy of Kal's Spin