“The Handler,” Damon Knight, 1960

“The Handler,” Damon Knight, 1960 —  Pete is the dashing man of the hour–a television star able to charm a room merely by walking through the door.  True to form, after a show he arrives at a post-party, amiable and magnificent, big and handsome, and everyone draws near to bask in his good looks and charisma.  Suddenly, Pete’s torso opens.  A little person opens a hatch and climbs out to chat for a moment.  The crowd is suddenly disinterested and wanders away.  Pete’s girlfriend is appalled.  The little man is saddened, explaining that he just wanted to “take it easy for a while,” but the party-goers make their displeasure clear.  Dutifully, sadly, he climbs back into the suit and the party is saved.

Comments: Read in Best of the Best and the Norton Anthology of Science Fiction.  Note to instructors: The story seems to figure in quite a few class presentations that are available on the Internet.

Author: Wikipedia: “Damon Francis Knight (September 19, 1922 – April 15, 2002) was an American science fiction author, editor, critic and fan. His forte was short stories and he is widely acknowledged as having been a master of the genre.”


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This entry was posted in 1960-1969, aesthetics/beauty, american culture, difference/tolerance, favorites, freaks/misfits, identity/authenticity, male anxiety, masculinity, mechanization, media/advertising, satire, the body, the Other, theatre/performance. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to “The Handler,” Damon Knight, 1960

  1. Pingback: The Others, ed. Terry Carr (Gold Medal R2044 – 1969) | Vintage (and not so vintage) Paperbacks

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