“Now Let Us Sleep,” Avram Davidson, 1957

“Now Let Us Sleep,” Avram Davidson, 1957 – Explorers survey a planet populated by “primitives,” whom they eventually murder, rape, and use for experiments.  When a group of the natives are taken aboard the ship for transport back to Earth, a scientist argues for their protection.  Unsuccessful, he sees no option but to euthanize them.  He dies besides them.

Comments: Read in Infinity One. See also the introduction to Vanishing Acts.

Author: Wikipedia: “Avram Davidson (April 23, 1923 – May 8, 1993) was an American writer of fantasy fiction, science fiction, and crime fiction, as well as the author of many stories that do not fit into a genre niche… The Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says ‘he is perhaps sf’s most explicitly literary author.'”  See also Steven H. Silver’s review of Davidson’s fiction and Joshua Cohen’s review in The Jewish Daily Forward.

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