Category Archives: slavery/human trafficking

“Pelt,” Carol Emshwiller, 1958

“Pelt,” Carol Emshwiller, 1958 – A beautiful white dog (alternately referred to as Aloora, Queen, Galaxa) helps her master track down sentient “beasts” on the planet Jaxa.  Despite the beasts’ urging of her to do “something free,” to do anything … Continue reading

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“Fondly Fahrenheit,” Alfred Bester, 1954

“Fondly Fahrenheit,” Alfred Bester, 1954 – An aristocrat discovers that his robot (slave) is killing young women.  The problem is, he can’t distinguish the robot’s thoughts from his own. Comments:  Considered a classic of psychological sf and an example of … Continue reading

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“Sandra,” George P. Elliott, 1953

“Sandra,” George P. Elliott, 1953 – A disturbing portrayal of marriage as a (literal) master-slave relationship; also, a discussion of class, hierarchy, and despair. Comments:  Themes of power, master/slave, marriage, sex.  Read in A Treasury of Science Fiction.  Reminds me … 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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“The Bell-Tower,” Herman Melvile, 1855

“The Bell-Tower,” Herman Melvile, 1855 – Bannadonna, the architect, the mechanician, attempts to build colossal bell tower and create an automaton, Talus, “an iron slave.” Comments: See also H. Bruce Franklin’s commentary in Future Perfect: American Science Fiction of the Nineteenth Century.  “Melville’s only … 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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