“The Tissue-Culture King,” Julian Huxley, 1927

“The Tissue-Culture King,” Julian Huxley, 1927 – A scientist lost in a jungle kingdom barters for his life by offering to culture the king’s flesh so that subjects can worship “him” in their home.  Unfortunately, this enables the king to exert telepathic power over the entire kingdom.

Comments: The first story to employ a foil metal hat as a means to block telepathy. Available in Amazing: The Wonder Years 1926-1935, The Road to Science Fiction, The Best of Science Fiction, and Great Tales of SF.

 Author:  Brother of writer Aldous Huxley. Coined a number of words, including “ritualization,” “transhumanism,” and “ethnic group.” Wikipedia: “Sir Julian Sorell Huxley FRS (22 June 1887 – 14 February 1975) was an English evolutionary biologist, humanist and internationalist. He was a proponent of natural selection, and a leading figure in the mid-twentieth century evolutionary synthesis. He was Secretary of the Zoological Society of London (1935–1942), the first Director of UNESCO, and a founding member of the World Wildlife Fund.” Note: “Huxley was a prominent member of the British Eugenics Society,[68] and was Vice-President (1937–1944) and President (1959–1962). He thought eugenics was important for removing undesirable variants from the human gene pool; but at least after World War II he believed race was a meaningless concept in biology, and its application to humans was highly inconsistent.”

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