Category Archives: exiles/”home”/displacement

“The Place Where Chicago Was,” James Judson Harmon, 1962

“The Place Where Chicago Was,” James Judson Harmon, 1962 – The state seeks to make its “do no harm” ideal a reality.  Its sonic controls create a world of compulsory vegetarianism, as well as simulated battles and citizens who are … Continue reading

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“Broken Tool,” Theodore L. Thomas, 1959

“Broken Tool,” Theodore L. Thomas, 1959 — Carter and Cecil Hardy await the return of Carter’s prodigy in the deep space program, the young Lightner.  If Lightner returns from space and seeks out his home on Earth, he’ll have passed … Continue reading

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“Unit,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957

“Unit,” J. T. McIntosh, 1957 — Edgar agrees to become a Unit Father for a group of social misfits who wish to have their identities erased, such that they might be retrained as a new entity with no memory of … Continue reading

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“The Piper,” Ray Bradbury, 1943

“The Piper,” Ray Bradbury, 1943 — Kerac, a Martian musician, returns from an enforced exile on Jupiter to find that the conquering Jovians have defiled Mars with their cacophonous music, ugly, sprawling cities, pollution, liquor, and general violence and buffoonery. … Continue reading

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“And Now the News,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1956

“And Now the News,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1956 – In a media-saturated world, MacLyle retreats to a “wordless matrix,” an oasis of non-communication in which he can be absorbed in his own “practices and procedures.”  His desire conflicts with the psychiatrist’s … Continue reading

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“A Man of Talent,” Robert Silverberg, 1956

“A Man of Talent,” Robert Silverberg, 1956  – Emil Vilar, the last “true poet” on Earth, poet flees the uncultured but “knowing claque” on earth for a remote planet, only to discover that the residents are omniartistic.  Everyone is a … Continue reading

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“The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955

“The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955 – (Novella) Two alien anthropologists observe the lonely inhabitants of a boarding house and study Synapse Beta Sub Sixteen, a trait which allows all sentient beings to step outside of their … Continue reading

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“Watershed,” James Blish, 1955

“Watershed,” James Blish, 1955 — In a future in which the basic human type can no longer inhabit Earth, an Adapted Man and the seal-man Hoqqueah argue over the idea of a “primary type” for human kind. Wikipedia summary: “[‘Watershed’] … Continue reading

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“The Chapter Ends,” Poul Anderson, 1953

“The Chapter Ends,” Poul Anderson, 1953 — A posthuman captain tries to convince a traditionalist to leave earth. Aliens have made a compact with the now mani-formed “humans” to vacate Earth and reside elsewhere.  A stubborn man is willing to … Continue reading

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“The Clinic,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1953

“The Clinic,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1953 – The narrator, Nemo, appears to be an amnesiac who has lost his memory of language.  Dr. De la Torre and a lonely patient, Elena, attempt to reach him, while the Sergeant keeps a close … Continue reading

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“What’s It Like Out There?,” Edmond Hamilton, 1952

“What’s It Like Out There,” Edmond Hamilton, 1952 – A young astronaut has returned from an expedition tasked with collecting resources from Mars. He suffers through visits with the grieving families in order to deliver the letters of his dead … Continue reading

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“The Fire and the Sword,” Frank M. Robinson, 1951

“The Fire and the Sword,” Frank M. Robinson, 1951 – Templin is sent to investigate the suicide of Don Pendleton, who had been sent to live with the primitives of Tunpesh.  He gradually comes to understand that the world of … Continue reading

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“The Woman from Altair,” Leigh Brackett, 1951

“The Woman from Altair,” Leigh Brackett, 1951 – A mysterious, alien woman (Arhian) arrives on the arm of the darling son of a space-faring family, and the family is none too pleased.  At first, she’s introduced as his bride, but … Continue reading

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“The Mindworm,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1950

“The Mindworm,” Cyril M. Kornbluth, 1950 – A telepathic vampire is created by atomic radiation.  The orphaned child of a lieutenant and a nurse stationed on a ship performing nuclear tests, he wanders from city to city.  He discovers his … Continue reading

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“The Pedestrian,” Ray Bradbury, 1951

“The Pedestrian,” Ray Bradbury, 1950 – Society’s norm is the nuclear family and its preferred activity is watching television at home as a unit.  The protagonist is out for a nightly stroll when his pastime draws the attention of the … Continue reading

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“Scanners Live in Vain,” Cordwainer Smith, 1948

“Scanners Live in Vain,” Cordwainer Smith (Paul Linebarger), 1948 – The story of a cyborg-pilot Scanner, Martel, whose senses have been reduced to sight to better suit him for space travel, i.e. to avoid the “pain of space.”  He uses … Continue reading

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“Evening Primrose,” John Collier, 1941

“Evening Primrose,” John Collier, 1941 – Mannequins in a department store are refugees from society. Comments:  A bit surreal, fantastical.  Theme of alienation.  Read in The Worlds of Science Fiction. Author:  Collier was a favorite of Henry Kuttner and, when … Continue reading

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“The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use,” Isaac Asimov, 1939

“The Weapon Too Dreadful to Use,” Isaac Asimov, 1939 — Karl Frantor is an archeologist visiting the colonized city of Aphrodopolis, the largest city on Venus, to explore the ruins of the ancient Venusian city Ash-taz-zor.  Frantor will be the … Continue reading

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“Misfit,” Robert A. Heinlein, 1939

“Misfit,” Robert A. Heinlein, 1939 – A boy with a mathematical gift finds his first real “home” in the military. Comments: Read in Great Science Fiction Stories of 1939. Author: Wikipedia: “Robert Anson Heinlein…(July 7, 1907 – May 8, 1988) … Continue reading

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