Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

Backlash

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,162 / 37 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,016
Added to site: 2010.06.16
mnybks.net#: 28161
Origin: gutenberg.org

They were the perfect servants—they were willing to do everything for nothing. The obvious question is: How much is nothing?

Show Excerpt

oft hiss through his white teeth. Clumsy flattened to the ground and froze, and Soth continued after us without a further glance at the dog.

Fred looked at Vicki's tense face and laughed. "I'll have to learn that trick ... Clumsy's chewed the cuffs off three pairs of my best slacks."

Vicki smiled uncertainly, and went into the house. I showed Soth where to stow the supplies, and told him to remain in the kitchen. He just froze where he stood.

Fred was making drinks when I returned to the living room.

"Looks docile enough, Cliff," he told me.

"Strong as a horse and gentle as a lamb," I said. "I want you two to help me find out what his talents are. I'll have to prepare a paper on him for the board of directors Monday."

There were nervous whitecaps on Vicki's drink.

I patted her shoulder. "I'll break him into the housekeeping routine, honey. You won't have him staring over your shoulder."

She tried to relax. "But he's so quiet--and big!"

"Who wants

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4.5 from 4 reviews: *****
2014.05.22
Paulo Respighi
*****

A story that starts out like a comical tale, but grows into a grim story of survival.

An alien ship has crashed off the coast of the U.S., and the dwarfish aliens who survive turn out to be servile and flattering. They can't do much for humanity, but they know how to make damn good robots. Or androids. Or something. It doesn't matter what, because they are perfect servants, and the rich and powerful all want one.

Good writing and characterizations, and an imaginative plot.

2011.09.30
LAS
****.

A really good short story that illustrates human nature at its worst.

2010.12.28
Mauro Motta
****.

Nice and thrilling.
I am firmly persuaded it was the inspiration for the Star Trek episode "What Are Little Girls Made Of?"

2010.06.30
marcl65
*****

One of the better short stories I've read. A quick read but not fluff or pulp in readability by any means. I'm definitely going to check out other stories by this author.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Matt Ryan
Since releasing his first book in February 2015, Matt Ryan has published ten books, including the bestselling Preston Six series. His fans were thrilled when he announced his second series, the Alchemist Academy, which takes place in the same world. Today Ryan reveals why he created such an unique magic system for this series, why the teachers at the Academy are so ruthless and how Allie's character came to be.
Read full interview...