Saturday, March 14, 2009

Murray Leinster's "Tallien Three" aka "The Hate Disease" (novelette, epidemic, free): Even mundane may be essential to life

Quote from short story titled Tallien Three aka The Hate Disease by Murray LeinsterWhen Calhoun, the Med Service man, reached the world Tallien III for a routine public health inspection, he found the world in a state of civil war. With society bitterly divided between "normals" & "paras".

Paras are afflicted by a highly contagious disease - an extreme urge to eat certain squirming animals! I couldn't quite see the logic of this "disease" & extreme horror associated with it that is threatening the world, but it's a story from an earlier era; & this is the only flaw.

Of course, the brave hero will get drawn in the local issues, will end up rubbing the powerful in the wrong places, become hunted, & generally have an adventure. And, of course, he will find a cure - a humble ingredient of the environment on earth since forever has been missing from the the local environment, & there is a simple way to introduce it...

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, August 1963.
Rating: A.
Download full text in 4 parts from Webscription: 01, 02, 03, & 04.
Listed among the stories from John Campbell's Astounding/Analog.
Related: Stories from Analog/Astounding; Stories of Murray Leinster.