“Quietus,” Ross Rocklynne, 1940

“Quietus,” Ross Rocklynne, 1940 – Two birdlike aliens observe the last human male with a pet bird.  Due to the bird’s similarity to their own form, they mistake the bird for the master and kill the human, whom they believe is attacking.

Comments:  Last man story with a twist.  Undermines deductive reasoning that relies on what is known about a “normal” body.  Read in Adventures in Time and Space.

Author: Wikipedia: “Ross Rocklynne (February 21, 1913 – October 29, 1988) was the pen name used by Ross Louis Rocklin, an American science fiction author active in the Golden Age of Science Fiction.”


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