Category Archives: totalitarianism/fascism

“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960

“The Oldest Soldier,” Fritz Leiber, 1960 –Friends discuss the history of weapons while having drinks at their favorite hang out, Sol’s Liquor Shop in Chicago.  After, the narrator reflects on his hatred of war, complicated as it is by his … 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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“A Place Beyond the Stars,” Tom Godwin, 1959

“A Place Beyond the Stars,” Tom Godwin, 1959 — A dying earth sends Immigration Scouts ahead on a mission to locate civilizations that could serve as rest and refueling stations along the path of their very long journey.  A scout … Continue reading

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“No, no, not Rogov!” Cordwainer Smith, 1959

“No, no, not Rogov!” Cordwainer Smith, 1950 – Cherpas and Rogov are good Soviets who doggedly carry out Stalin’s orders for a machine that can read all EM radiation, including thoughts, for the purpose of spying and suppressing thought.  With … Continue reading

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“Time in the Round,” Fritz Leiber, 1957

“Time in the Round,” Fritz Leiber, 1957 — A group of children loiter outside, trying to decide what to do. The youngest boy (nicknamed “The Butcher”) has a sadistic, “pre-civilization” streak.   The Butcher tries to poke his dog in the … Continue reading

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“Mr Costello, Hero,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1953

“Mr Costello, Hero,” Theodore Sturgeon, 1953 –Costello is able to inspire suspicion and paranoia wherever he goes by creating enemies from thin air and playing upon the vanity of fools.  Once neighbor has turned on neighbor, Costello swiftly steps in … Continue reading

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“Sam Hall,” Poul Anderson, 1953

“Sam Hall,” Poul Anderson, 1953 — Man against mechanized society.  A take on the folk song.  Wikipedia: “…[F]eatures a disgruntled bureaucrat who creates fake records about a rebel named Sam Hall (after the song) who fights against the totalitarian government.” … Continue reading

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“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951

“The Marching Morons,” C. M. Kornbluth, 1951 — A real estate agent from the 20th century (John Barlow) is revived in an over-populated, media-suffused future where slogans such as “I’d buy that for a quarter!” are eagerly consumed by the … Continue reading

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“The World of Null-A,” A. E. van Vogt, 1948

“The World of Null-A,” A. E. Van Vogt, 1948 -Wikipedia: “Gilbert Gosseyn, a man living in an apparent utopia where those with superior understanding and mental control rule the rest of humanity, wants to be tested by the giant Machine … Continue reading

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“E for Effort,” T. L. Sherred, 1947

“E for Effort,” T. L. Sherred, 1947 – An investor (Ed Lefko) and an inventor (Miguel “Mike” Laviada) utilize a device able to film events from the past (Cortes’s conquest of Mexico, Alexander the Great, and the French Revolution), though … 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 Ultimate Catalyst,” John Taine, 1939

“The Ultimate Catalyst,” John Taine (Eric Temple Bell), 1939 – An American scientist working in the Amazon stays behind to trick a brutal new dictator into eating his “greenbeefo,” a vegetable that tastes like meat.  Along with the scientist remains … Continue reading

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“Greater than Gods,” C. L. Moore, 1939

“Greater than Gods,” C.L. Moore, 1939 – A man researching eugenics (Dr. Bill Cory) is trying to decide between two prospective wives. He’s visited by distant grand-children from alternate futures (one matriarchal and one fascist/patriarchal) who communicate with him through … Continue reading

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“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932

“Mechanocracy,” Miles J. Breuer, 1932 – A man from a “standardized” city travels to the Himalayan country of Democratia and is tainted by “individuality,” for which he will receive the death penalty from the world government, a machine located in … Continue reading

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“The Gostak and the Doshes,” Miles J. Breuer, 1930

“The Gostak and the Doshes,” Miles J. Breuer, 1930 –  The protagonist is sent to an alternate universe in which a miscommunication about what the phrase means sparks chaos and warfare among nations. Comments: A story exploring both the relativity … Continue reading

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