The Hated

Author: Frederik Pohl
Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,062 / 21 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 91.1
LoC Category: PS
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After space, there was always one more river to cross ... the far side of hatred and murder!

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Then the door of the men's room opened.

He came out.

He looked lousy. Eyes all red-rimmed and his hair falling out--the poor crumb couldn't have been over twenty-nine. He shrieked, "You!" He called me a million names. He said, "You thieving rat, I'll teach you to try to cheat me out of my candy ration!"

He had a knife.

I didn't care. I didn't have anything and that was stupid, but it didn't matter. I got a bottle of beer from the next table and smashed it against the back of a chair. It made a good weapon, you know; I'd take that against a knife any time.

I ran toward him, and he came all staggering and lurching toward me, looking crazy and desperate, mumbling and raving--I could hardly hear him, because I was talking, too. Nobody tried to stop us. Somebody went out the door and I figured it was to call the cops, but that was all right. Once I took care of Chowderhead, I didn't care what the cops did.

I went for the face.

He cut me first. I felt the

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Average Rating of 3.7 from 3 reviews: ****
2013.02.20
Sardo Weems
****.

Unfortunately, there is a side-effect to locking a half-dozen men in a cramped space ship to Mars for nine months--they end up loathing each other and actively wanting to kill one another by the time they get back. This is the story of one crewman\'s attempts to find a kill a shipmate.

2009.09.29
ilikerobots
***..

Well written, but enjoying the story is dependent upon disregarding a basic grasp of human psychology.

2009.09.17
Leah A. Zeldes
****.

Clever story about the pressures of space travel.


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