“Born of Man and Woman,” Richard Matheson, 1950

Born of Man and Woman,” Richard Matheson, 1950 – A deformed (mutated?) child is kept in the basement while his parents socialize with friends upstairs.

Comments: Told in diary form in the child’s broken English.  Depicts brutality toward a shameful body/body of the Other.  See also Merril’s “Only a Mother Could Love.”  Perhaps a source of imagery for Le Guin’s “Those Who Walk Away from Omelas”-?

 Author: Wikipedia: “Richard Burton Matheson (born February 20, 1926) is an American author and screenwriter, primarily in the fantasy, horror, and science fiction genres.” Matheson’s work, including I Am Legend, has influenced a number of writers, including Stephen King, and has been adapted for television (The Twilight Zone, Star Trek) and film (Somewhere in Time).

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Lifelong sf fan, first-time blogger
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