Category Archives: biological determinism

“The First Men,” Howard Fast, 1960

“The First Men,” Howard Fast, 1960 – (Alternate title: “The Trap”) A scientific experiment in a controlled environment produces telepathic, hyper-intelligent superchildren from different races, proving that environment is “total.”  The children’s abilities progress to the point where they are … Continue reading

Posted in 1960-1969, biological determinism, communication, difference/tolerance, education, eugenics/heredity, evolution, generational conflict, intelligence, love/family/children, psych/mind/madness, race/civil rights, scientific ethics, superhumans, the scientist | 1 Comment

“Man of Distinction,” Michael Shaara, 1956

“Man of Distinction,” Michael Shaara, 1956 — Once upon a time, Thatcher Blitt was forgettable, as liable to be forgotten as any other businessman who doesn’t associate himself with a man of fame.  However, at 25 Blitt realized that new … Continue reading

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“Created He Them,” Alice Eleanor Jones, 1955

“Created He Them,” Alice Eleanor Jones, 1955 — Ann Crothers and her physically and emotionally abusive husband are two citizens in a post-nuclear holocaust future who are capable of producing viable children (“breeding true”) for the state.  Any children they … Continue reading

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“Greater than Gods,” C. L. Moore, 1939

“Greater than Gods,” C.L. Moore, 1939 – A man researching eugenics (Dr. Bill Cory) is trying to decide between two prospective wives. He’s visited by distant grand-children from alternate futures (one matriarchal and one fascist/patriarchal) who communicate with him through … Continue reading

Posted in 1926-1939, biological determinism, emotions/intimacy/empathy, eugenics/heredity, evolution, gender, love/family/children, male anxiety, masculinity, matriarchy, photo/film/image, time/history/causality, totalitarianism/fascism | Leave a comment