Category Archives: mourning/grief

“A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” Roger Zelazny, 1963

“A Rose for Ecclesiastes,” Roger Zelazny, 1963 – A poet, Gallinger, is given the privilege of viewing and translating the sacred texts of an alien culture.  He discovers that their religion is deeply fatalistic.  After impregnating a temple priestess, he earns … Continue reading

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“Doctor,” Henry Slesar, 1960

“Doctor,” Henry Slesar, 1960 – (short short) A doctor who specializes in creating “perfect memories” must consult an employment office.  He’s out of a job, as humanity has just passed through a devastating war and no one wants to remember … Continue reading

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“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957

“Dio,” Damon Knight, 1957 — (Alternate title: “The Dying Man”)  The world is composed of two immortal classes–the pampered Players and the responsible Planners and their students.  Their lives of hedonism and leisurely scholarship, respectively, are progressing as planned until … Continue reading

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“The Blind Pilot,” Nathalie-Charles Henneberg, 1959

“The Blind Pilot,” Nathalie-Charles Henneberg, 1959 – (Originally Au pilote aveugle (1959))  A blind, now “useless” pilot returns home to take care of his mentally-disabled (?) brother.  All is well between them until a package containing a siren arrives. Comments: … Continue reading

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“A Death in the House,” Clifford D. Simak, 1959

“A Death in the House,” Clifford D. Simak, 1959 – Old Mose Abrams–a stubborn widower, bad neighbor, and bad housekeeper–finds an alien and its “birdcage” ship in the woods.  The alien is repulsive-looking, smelly, but Abrams can’t leave a thing … Continue reading

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“First Man in a Satellite,” Charles W Runyon, 1958

“First Man in a Satellite,” Charles W Runyon, 1958 — The first manned satellite requires a little person as pilot; they want human data, not data from an animal or machine.  They find a potential pilot in a circus; he … Continue reading

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“Unhuman Sacrifice,” Katherine MacLean, 1958

“Unhuman Sacrifice,” Katherine MacLean, 1958 — A missionary and two crewman arrive on an as-of-yet uncolonized planet.  The missionary–who thinks he’s been given a great honor–is obnoxious, nearly oafish in his over-eager attempts to open a dialogue with his future … Continue reading

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“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957

“Vengeance for Nikolai,” Walter M. Miller, Jr, 1957 — Marya, a young Russian woman, is asked by a Russian general to assassinate the brilliant American (Ami) leader who is routing their troops.  This leader also is responsible for the attack … Continue reading

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“The Man Who Lost the Sea,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1959

“The Man Who Lost the Sea,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1959 – A dying astronaut reviews his life, beginning with childhood. Comments: Inspired Clarke’s “Transit of Earth.”  Read in Great Tales of SF.   The collection by the same name contains a forward … Continue reading

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“The Star,” Arthur C. Clarke, 1955

“The Star,” Arthur C. Clarke, 1955 — Three thousand light-years away from the Vatican, a Jesuit astrophysicist comments on the depression of the crew, now that they have learned a disturbing truth which is initially concealed from the reader.  He … Continue reading

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“Memento Homo,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1954

“Memento Homo,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1954 – A spacer is attended by his wife on his death bed while his children avoid him and his wealthy neighbor has a party. Comments:  Themes of death, class, memory, and the victims … 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 Dead Past,” Isaac Asimov, 1956

“The Dead Past,” Isaac Asimov, 1956 – Arnold Potterley, PhD, a historian of Carthage, begs to be allowed to use the government’s chronoscope in order to clear the name of Carthage; specifically, he wishes to prove to his wife that … Continue reading

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“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931

“Mr. Arcularis,” Conrad Aiken, 1931 — A demure man, in every way slight of personality and form, appears to be going on an exciting voyage.  There he meets his long-dead mother and uncle, whose bodies he found as a child, … Continue reading

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