“The Big Pat Boom,” Damon Knight, 1963

“The Big Pat Boom,” Damon Knight, 1963 – Alien tourists on Earth create a boom in the sale of cow patties.  Unexpectedly, they leave, causing a crash; new aliens arrive, creating a market for apple cores.

Comments: Read in Laughing Space.

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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2 Responses to “The Big Pat Boom,” Damon Knight, 1963

  1. Joachim Boaz says:

    Any good? I’ve had not luck with Knight’s novel length works. For example, his Beyond the Barrier might be in the top 5 worst SF novels ever written.

    • jennre says:

      This story was interesting to me more for the tourist analogy than anything else; not very funny in my opinion. I’m not a big Knight fan, except perhaps for “The Handler.” His fiction often comes across as misogynistic to me–funny, that he was married to Kate Wilhelm, whose fiction I recently started re-reading with great appreciation.

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