Category Archives: eugenics/heredity

“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

“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958

“Two Dooms,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1958 – Los Alamos, May 1945: Edward Royland is a theoretical physicist pondering the ethics of creating the atom bomb.  He’s transported by a Native American fable/ritual (and peyote) to a world where the Nazis … Continue reading

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“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957

“Let’s Be Frank,” Brian W. Aldiss, 1957 — “Four years after pretty little Anne Boleyn was executed in the Tower of London, a child was born into the Gladwebb family–an unusual child” to a young Sir Frank Gladwebb and unnamed … Continue reading

Posted in 1946-1959, agency/will/freedom, death/immortality, eugenics/heredity, gender, globalization/world government, identity/authenticity, international, invasion, love/family/children, multiplicity, sex/reproduction/sterility, the body | Leave a comment

“The Wonder Horse,” George Byram, 1957

“The Wonder Horse,” George Byram, 1957 — Two horse breeders discover that their horse is a mutant that is destined to end horse-racing as they know it. Comments: Read in The Best of the Best. Author:

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“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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“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951

“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951 — A real estate agent from the 20th century (John Barlow) is revived in an over-populated, media-suffused future where slogans such as “I’d buy that for a quarter!” are eagerly consumed by the … Continue reading

Posted in 1946-1959, consumerism, eugenics/heredity, evolution, genocide/Holocaust, genrecraft, intelligence, media/advertising, overpopulation, race/civil rights, totalitarianism/fascism, violence | 1 Comment

“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

“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844

“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844 — A young man of letters falls in love with Beatrice, the daughter of a reclusive scientist who has confined his daughter to the garden attached to their home.  Despite his mentor’s warnings, the young man … Continue reading

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