Hi readers. I'm doing a bit of catching up and have got a number of posts I'm working on.
In the mean time, I thought I'd point out a short story just added to Project Gutenberg, which absolutely blew me away the first time I read it: "Second Variety" by Philip K. Dick.
The story was originally published in 1953, and I read it for the first time about 30 years after that. I suspect that it wouldn't have nearly the same impact on a teenager reading the story for the first time today1, particularly if the reader is familiar recent series on the SyFy channel2.
Even if it isn't as novel an idea as it was 50 - or even 25 - years ago, I do think it's well worth reading.
Read Philip K. Dick's "Second Variety"
(via Free Speculative Fiction Online)
1. I originally read "Second Variety" in a short fiction anthology. I was a bit surprised that the original version was illustrated with what I would consider "spoilery" drawings. I'm not sure if that would have changed my perception of the story the first time I read it or not.
2. Speaking of series on the SyFy channel, I tuned in to the recent Riverworld-inspired miniseries, and was sure I had missed the first few episodes - the characters had a riverboat, and period clothing, and metal stuff, and blue aliens. It turns out I had only missed about 30 minutes and many the hardships that were obstacles for the characters in Philip Jose Farmer's novels were absent from the SyFy version. Despite Tahmoh Penikett, I just couldn't get into it. I'm not sure I'd have enjoyed it even if I hadn't read the originals. Oh well.
3. And just so that no one is confused, there really isn't any biology in "Second Variety". I just got excited when I saw it was available online.
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