The Chameleon Man

Published: 1943
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,057 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,486
Added to site: 2010.06.03 28023

Perfect adaptation, that's what it was. When a human being can blend with his surroundings, funny things can happen!

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going to line you up doing an act for the U. S. O. Does that show you my heart's in the right place?"

"There will be a short pause for cat-calls and boos," Alice murmured.

"All right," Horatio said with a sigh. "I'll go along with you."

"Fine," I said. "And just to get you used to army life I'm going to start paying you fifty bucks a month."

"You great big generous man," Alice said and I think there was a twinge of sarcasm in her voice.

"Now that's no way to talk," I said. "I'm doing the lad a favor."

"Yeah," she said. "I'm sure you are. Just like a man picking up a dollar bill is doing the street cleaners a favor."

"You don't understand my noble motives," I said, "so I will not talk about them anymore. Tomorrow we start rehearsing the new act."

* * * * *

Well, sir, it was absolutely amazing the way Horatio picked that act up. With his dexterous, invisible help Mystiffio performed like the paragon of all prestidigitators. Alice added a jolt of hig


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Average Rating of 3 from 2 reviews: ***
Lisa Carr

This is more science whimsy than science fiction. A kid so colorless and unnoticeable as to be invisible is rejected by the Army (it's WWII) and gets shanghaied by an unscrupulous show-biz manager.
The characters have all been used many times before, and the war stuff makes it feel quaint. It was amusing, and I wasn't bored, insulted, or made to feel stupid.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1943) Sci-fi (Invisible man) / Humor

From 'Amazing Stories' January 1943.

R: ***

Plot bullets

  • A young man can control his level of camouflage to the point of becoming invisible.

  • Another man says he will help, well he really wants to help himself.

  • The young man wants to be of use.

  • The other man wants to put him in show biz.

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