Category Archives: in/visible

“The Country of the Kind,” Damon Knight, 1956

“The Country of the Kind,” Damon Knight, 1956 – A violent deviant has been “neutralized” by the societal practice of rendering him “invisible” (ignored).  Enraged, he tries to make them “see.” The society’s response to violence is three-fold: “The first … Continue reading

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“Ether Breather,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1939

“Ether Breather,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1939 – Beings living in EM waves are able to manipulate what the audience “sees,” causing two different perceptions of the same performance.  The discrepancy creates havoc for the scriptwriter and a company that advertises through … Continue reading

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“Bright Illusion,” C. L. Moore, 1934

“Bright Illusion,” C L Moore, 1934 – Dixon, a man on the verge of death in the desert, encounters what he thinks is a mirage, only to find that the golden “egg-like” dome is really an alien consciousness.  The alien … Continue reading

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“From ‘The London Times’ of 1904,” Mark Twain, 1898

“From ‘The London Times’ of 1904,” Mark Twain, 1898 — The narrator attends a function in Vienna in March, 1898, during which Lieutenant Clayton is involved in an argument with Dr. Szczepanik over whether or not the doctor’s invention, the … Continue reading

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“The Damned Thing,” Ambrose Bierce, 1893

“The Damned Thing,” Ambrose Bierce, 1893 – A journalist testifies at a coroner’s inquest as to what he saw concerning another man’s death by a “thing” in the woods.  He reads from his notes, which he posted to his paper … Continue reading

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“What Was It?” Fitz James O’Brien, 1859

“What Was It?” Fitz-James O’Brien, 1859 — The denizens of a boarding house take a dare and move to a “haunted” house.  At first, they’re titillated.   While the protagonist ruminates on the nature of terror with his friend, he and … Continue reading

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“The Artist of the Beautiful,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844

“The Artist of the Beautiful,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844 — Owen Warland is a watchmaker who has taken over the shop of his former master, Peter Hovenden. His delicate hands suit him for intricate work, but his aspiration to create the … Continue reading

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