Category Archives: genocide/Holocaust

“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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“Now Let Us Sleep,” Avram Davidson, 1957

“Now Let Us Sleep,” Avram Davidson, 1957 – Explorers survey a planet populated by “primitives,” whom they eventually murder, rape, and use for experiments.  When a group of the natives are taken aboard the ship for transport back to Earth, … 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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“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

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“Desertion,” Clifford D. Simak, 1944

“Desertion,” Clifford D. Simak, 1944 – Two volunteers who have had their bodies turned into “Lopers” so that they can survey the surface of Jupiter disappear.  The administrator can’t in good conscience send another volunteer to look for them, so … Continue reading

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“The Veil of Astellar,” Leigh Brackett, 1943

“The Veil of Astellar,” Leigh Brackett, 1943 – An alienated human hijacks a ship of passengers and leads them to a slaughter by “superior” alien vampires who inhabit the Bermuda triangle-like “Veil.” Comments: A disturbing story concerning the devaluation of … Continue reading

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“The Disintegration Machine,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1929

“The Disintegration Machine,” Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, 1929 – An installment in the adventures of Professor Challenger.  An unscrupulous inventor creates a disintegration machine (and teleporter—it disassembles and reassembles matter) which has the potential for mass killing, even genocide.  He’s … Continue reading

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“The Unparalled Invasion,” Jack London, 1910

“The Unparalled Invasion,” Jack London, 1910 – Alternate world in which China is modernized by Japan, becomes a world threat, and is destroyed by Western powers through biological warfare. Comments: Read in The Wondermakers.  A story that has been criticized … Continue reading

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