“The Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943

“The Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943 – “Mixed Men” descended from robots are of “two minds.”  They must defend their culture, and that of yet another type of cybernetic mixing, from the imperialist humans, ancient enemies who are rapidly approaching.  The protagonist is stranded on a planet with one of the purebred humans (a female captain).  A bizarre romance ensues, and there is the promise of reconciliation between the two groups.

Comments:  In true van Vogt fashion, this is a sometimes ridiculous, sometimes wonderful story that is unexpectedly ahead of its time.  Involves portrayals of cultural biases, “passing,” and racism, and touches on topics concerning reality, plurality, hypnotism, and Others.  Included in a fix-up novel, The Mixed Men.

Author: Wikipedia: “Alfred Elton van Vogt (April 26, 1912 – January 26, 2000) was a Canadian-born science fiction author regarded as one of the most popular and complex science fiction writers of the mid-twentieth century: the ‘Golden Age‘ of the genre.”

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