Category Archives: the gaze

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963

“Good Night, Sophie,” Lino Aldani, 1963 – (trans. from Italian)– In a future in which the superstar, Sophie, is a VR porn star, Sophie must decide if the Anti-Dream League’s claims that “nature and the soul” are being lost due … Continue reading

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“The Other Celia,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1957

“The Other Celia,”  Theodore Sturgeon, 1957 – A recluse spies on his neighbor and discovers that she takes off her human “skin” at night. Comments: Another story by Sturgeon about the invasion of a woman’s privacy, though “weirder” than “A … Continue reading

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“Prima Belladonna,” J. G. Ballard, 1956

“Prima Belladonna,” J. G. Ballard, 1956 – A mysterious singer, Jane Ciracylides, arrives in Vermillion Sands, a resort town on Mars(?).  Men fawn over her singular beauty, accented by exotic insect eyes and golden skin.  Her parentage is sketchy–a father somewhere, … Continue reading

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“The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955

“The [Widget], the [Wadget], and Boff,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1955 – (Novella) Two alien anthropologists observe the lonely inhabitants of a boarding house and study Synapse Beta Sub Sixteen, a trait which allows all sentient beings to step outside of their … Continue reading

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“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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“Warm,” Robert Sheckley, 1953

“Warm,” Robert Sheckley, 1953 – Anders is about to meet his fiancé, Judy, whom he describes as a “reactive machine,” when he hears a disembodied voice calling for help. Comments: Read in Great Tales of SF.  A story of “performing” … Continue reading

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“Vintage Season,” C. L. Moore, 1946

“Vintage Season,” Moore and Kuttner, 1946 – Time travelers who consume “catastrophe” as an aesthetic experience visit a city about to be destroyed by an asteroid.  With them is a composer who will memorialize the event through a 3D “operatic” … Continue reading

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“No Woman Born,” C. L. Moore, 1944

“No Woman Born,” C. L. Moore, 1944 – The famous dancer Deirdre is horribly burned in a theater fire and her mind is transplanted into a golden, robotic body.  After much time spent recovering under the care of the physician … Continue reading

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“Doorway into Time,” C. L. Moore, 1943

“Doorway into Time,” C. L. Moore, 1943 – An alien captures a man and a woman in order to add them to his museum of beautiful things. Comments: Perhaps interesting for its presentation of the collector and his gaze, as … Continue reading

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“I, Robot,” Eando Binder, 1938

“I, Robot,” Eando Binder, 1938 – The confession of the robot, Adam Link.  He tells of his creation by Dr. Charles Link a few weeks prior.  Dr. Link had educated Adam quickly, and Adam has learned how to talk, walk, … 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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“The Other,” Howard D. Graham, PhD (Howard Wandrei), 1934

“The Other,” Howard D. Graham, PhD, 1934 – Basil Sash, reporter, pressures Captain Ingvaldssen, aka the “Norski Cow” into explaining why he brought back a female corpse from his recent trip to the Arctic.  Sash realizes that “Ing”–whom he describes … 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 Diamond Lens,” Fitz James O’Brien, 1858

“The Diamond Lens,” Fitz-James O’Brien, 1858 – A scientist discovers another world in the slide of a microscope. He becomes obsessed with an alluring female form, that of Animula, perhaps even more so because her life is entirely under his … Continue reading

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“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844

“Rappaccini’s Daughter,” Nathaniel Hawthorne, 1844 — A young man of letters falls in love with Beatrice, the daughter of a reclusive scientist who has confined his daughter to the garden attached to their home.  Despite his mentor’s warnings, the young man … Continue reading

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