“The Cold Green Eye,” Jack Williamson, 1953 — A boy is left with monks by his parents so that he might live a simple life in harmony with life and nature, sequestered from consumerism and Western conventions. His aunt in small-town America insists that he be made to live with her. Once she has him in her power, she tries to crush his individuality. She tries to convert him to Christianity and calls his interest in the sacred texts given to him by the monks “heathenism.” He uses the texts to turn her into a fly.
Comments: Read in Science Fiction Showcase. A personal favorite among Williamson stories. Themes: difference, religion, East and West, Christianity, individuality and its relationship to community.
Author: Wikipedia: “John Stewart Williamson (April 29, 1908 – November 10, 2006), who wrote as Jack Williamson (and occasionally under the pseudonyms Will Stewart and Nils O. Sonderlund) was a U.S. writer often referred to as the ‘Dean of Science Fiction’ following the death in 1988 of Robert A. Heinlein.”