Category Archives: post/colonialism

“Harry Protagonist, Brain-Drainer,” Richard Wilson, 1963

“Harry Protagonist, Brain-Drainer,” Richard Wilson, 1963 – (short short) Over one-seventy million Americans are connected through a direct brain link to four astronauts on their way to Mars.  In their arrogance, the denizens of Earth never imagined Mars could be … Continue reading

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“Song of the Axe,” Don Berry, 1957

“Song of the Axe,” Don Berry, 1957 — Disgraced eco-captain Kimberly is at a bar trying to hit on a dancing girl who’s just finished a striptease.  Kimberly, who missed the presence of dangerous insects during a survey and thus … 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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“Stranger Station,” Damon Knight, 1956

“Stranger Station,” Damon Knight, 1956 – Paul Wesson is stationed on Stranger Station, which will be visited by an overwhelmingly alien consciousness. His only companion is the robot (female) Aunt Jane. His purpose is to establish contact with the alien, … Continue reading

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“Course of Empire,” Richard Wilson, 1956

“Course of Empire,” Richard Wilson, 1956 – (short short) Two friends discuss Earth’s bungled attempts to colonize the planets of the solar system, as well as the origin of a mysterious phrase in a pidgin language. Comments: Read in 100 … Continue reading

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“Crucifixus Etiam,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1953

“Crucifixus Etiam,” Walter M. Miller, Jr., 1953– (Alternate title: “The Sower Does Not Reap”)  A Peruvian named Manue (Emmanuel?) Nanti decides to work on Mars for an extended period of time in order to secure his future on Earth.  In … Continue reading

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“The Liberation of Earth,” William Tenn, 1953

“The Liberation of Earth,” William Tenn (Philip Klass) 1953 – Warring alien cultures arrive on Earth to “liberate” it—and establish military bases.  Humanity is nearly destroyed, and the aliens abandon Earth, as it’s too primitive to be worth occupying. Comments: … 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 Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943

“The Storm,” A. E. van Vogt, 1943 – “Mixed Men” descended from robots are of “two minds.”  They must defend their culture, and that of yet another type of cybernetic mixing, from the imperialist humans, ancient enemies who are rapidly … Continue reading

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“The Weapons Shop (of Isher),” A. E. Van Vogt, 1942

“The Weapons Shop,” A. E. van Vogt, 1942 – A town as “pretty as a painting” suddenly finds a weapons shop erected in its midst.  Small businessman Fara objects to its presence and points out that the shop isn’t regulated … 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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“Pithecanthropus Rejectus,” Manly W. Wellman, 1938

“Pithecanthropus Rejectus,” Manly W. Wellman, 1938 – An ape is surgically altered to increase his intelligence and allow him to speak.  Eventually, he’s recruited into show biz and offered the part of Caliban in The Tempest.  He grows ill and … 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 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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“As Easy as A B C,” Rudyard Kipling, 1912

“Easy as A B C,” Rudyard Kipling, 1912 – The Aearial Board of Control has created a world government through its power to control air traffic. Comments: Related to “With the Night Mail” (1905), which also features the Aearial Board … Continue reading

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