The Enormous Room

The Enormous Room

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The Enormous Room by Horace Leonard Gold, Robert W. Krepps

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1953

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The Enormous Room

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One big name per story is usually considered to be sufficient. So when two of them appear in one by-line, it can certainly be called a scoop; so that's what we'll call it. H. L. Gold and science-fiction go together like a blonde and a henna rinse. Robert Krepps is also big time. You may know him also under his other label—Geoff St. Reynard, but a Krepps by any name can write as well.

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stared at him. "My astigmatism's gone! My glasses make everything blur, but I can see plain as noon without 'em. Look, I've had astigmatism since I was a kid!"

"What happened?" asked the woman, addressing her husband. "How could that be, Calvin?"

"Don't know, dear."

"My headache is gone," she said. "I never realized it till this boy mentioned his eyes."

"Mrs. Full has suffered from an almost constant headache for years," said Calvin, and sniffed twice. "My post-nasal drip is missing, too. Do you suppose my sinus trouble is cleared up?"

"That's what must have been happening those two days we were out," said Watkins, knocking ash from his cigarette. "We were put through a hospital or something. I feel good, even if I'm damned hungry."

Summersby looked from one to another, detesting them; against his will, against sanity and decency that fought for recognition, he detested them. He had a heart for which there was no help, a heart no two-day period of miraculous cures co

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The title of this pulpy but unconventional story of a group of people held prisoner by aliens intrigues me, because it's also the title of E.E. Cummings' earlier, fictionalized account of his time as a prisoner in France during World War I. One could draw parallels, of a sort, but it could be coincidental. This tale seems dated, particularly in its hackneyed treatment of the ethnic characters and the one woman in the story.
A cross-section of humans are abducted from a roller coaster in mid-ride. They wake up in a cage in a huge room, and are subjected to tests by giants.

It's a fairly satisfying abduction story--nothing astounding--and all the loose ends get tied up in the end.
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I was hooked until the end by this SF novella with a contact/abduction theme. Recommended.