The Hero

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Author: Elaine Wilber
Published: 1958
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,625 / 25 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,578
Added to site: 2011.11.07 30964

A short story transcribed from If Worlds of Science Fiction February 1958

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ered that one precious ray of hope, and they became so tractable that even the Doctors noticed it. They laid it to the secret ingredient that Dr. Frank had introduced into the drinking water.

The summer wore on, becoming hotter each day. By the end of the second month of his courtship, Blunt began to speak to her of love.

She laughed. She said that she had little curiosity on the subject, although it was now and then mentioned by the students of antiquity. Assured that it was pleasurable, she said that she heard that barbarians also enjoyed murdering people and making them butts of jokes.

Willy Lanham said, "Don't listen to what a girl says. Just make a grab for her."

This suggestion was laughed to scorn.

Weeks passed, the summer began to wane. Tempers again began to shorten. Flandeau said to Frank, "The men are worse again."

"Yes, perhaps we should increase the dosage."

The fruits for the


Average Rating of 2.3 from 3 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

Want to waste some time and "enjoy" a big let-down? Read this story.

Paulo Respighi

Well, the ship lands on a planet that seems perfect for colonization. In the following months the crew and troops to protect them (all male) explore, make tests, and learn the language of the natives. And get bored and horny. So one of the guys, as an experiment, tries to seduce one of the native women.

Pretty much the whole crew is composed of one character type, interchangeable with anyone else in the crew. The hero (and the heroics he did) somewhat baffled me.

Henry L. Ratliff

(1958) Sci-fi (Space Exploration)

From 'If Worlds of Science Fiction' February 1958.

R: ***

Plot bullets

  • A spaceship lands on another planet.

  • Post-landing life is getting boring.

  • The men are allowed to mix with the natives.

  • The most unusual thing is that the female and male inhabit ants seem not to be friendly with each other.

  • Is this an opportunity or an unseen problem.

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