The Unthinking Destroyer

Author: Roger Phillips
Published: 1948
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,545 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 76.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 923
Added to site: 2009.12.15 26032

Gordon and Harold both admitted the possibility of thinking entities other than human. But would they ever recognize the physical form of some of these beings?

Show Excerpt

line of development myself," Upt said. "I'd never thought of it. Maybe inspiration is only subconscious thought rising to the surface of consciousness. Maybe it is. But if so, I'll be very disappointed. I'd hoped sometime to be able to commune with some intelligence infinitely superior to mine and really learn the true nature of things."

* * * * *

"I sincerely hope I'm wrong about it," Ont said. "I too would like to believe that there is more in reality than just us. I wonder if other kinds of entities are possible? I mean thinking beings with different forms, different senses, perhaps different types of thinking. It may be they exist and we aren't equipped to detect them. They may be around us all the time, aware of us and our puerile thoughts, but so superior to us in every way that they don't think it worth while even to consider our feeble cogitations."

"I wouldn't call YOUR cogitations feeble, Ont," Upt exclaimed admiringly.

"That is a point of relativity," Ont said, somewhat


Add a review for this title.
Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Sardo Weems

A cute, short, story about recognizing intelligent alien life. For a change, they smoke pipes rather than cigarettes in this one. It reminded me of Katherine MacLean's story "The Natives."

Unfortunately, I quickly figured out who the alien life forms were. You won't harm yourself reading it; the writing is fairly well-crafted.

Cover image for


show mobile phone QR code

Featured Books

Donate a small amount via Paypal below or read about some other ways that you can support ManyBooks.