Category Archives: Native Americans

“Things,” Zenna Henderson, 1960

“Things,” Zenna Henderson, 1960 – An alien race describes the arrival of The Strangers bearing gifts.  A young member of the village is tempted to trade the location of his tribe in exchange for “things.” Comments: Read in 12 Great … Continue reading

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“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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“Mars Colonizes,” Miles J. Breuer, 1935

“Mars Colonizes,” Miles J. Breuer, 1935 – Extremely “white” Martians arrive on Earth and begin buying up real estate. Eventually, the technologically-superior Martians move the humans, who have become addicted to the food, drink, and “Screens of Life” of Martian … Continue reading

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“A Conquest of Two Worlds,” Edmond Hamilton, 1932

“A Conquest of Two Worlds,” Edmond Hamilton, 1932 — Three friends invent an energy source that allows humanity to travel to the planets in the solar system. After witnessing the brutal “subjugation” of the Martian peoples (Native Americans), who only … Continue reading

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“The Fate of the Poseidonia,” Clare Winger Harris, 1927

“The Fate of the Poseidonia,” Clare Winger Harris, 1927 — George is attending a meeting of intellectuals at the home of Professor Stearns, head of the Astronomy Dept of Austin College, when he encounters Martell, an odd stranger of less … Continue reading

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“The Men of the Moon,” Washington Irving, 1809

“The Men of the Moon,” Washington Irving, 1809 — The narrator confesses that he’s lain awake many nights wondering “whether it were most probable we should first discover and civilize the moon, or the moon discover and civilize our globe.”  … Continue reading

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“The King of Nodland and His Dwarf,” Fitz James O’Brien, 1852

“The King of Nodland and His Dwarf,” Fitz-James O’Brien, 1852 – The citizens of Nodland are too lazy to till their own fields, preferring sleep–which is a national pasttime.  They enslave the nearby Cock-Crow Indians.  The kingdom prospers until the … Continue reading

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