Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "The Piper's Son" (as by Lewis Padgett) (novelette, racism, free): Zero tolerance for racists poisoning children's minds

Quote from short story titled The Pipers Son by Henry Kuttner and C L Moore, writing under their joint pseudonym Lewis PadgettEd Burkhalter, of the minority community of "Baldy" telepaths that must be ever watchful against antagonizing far more numerous normal humans because retaliations would be fatal, has just learned about the "I'm of superior race" type of behavior of his 8-year old son Al.

Probing the child, he learns of a Baldy man named Venner behind the racial superiority propaganda to poison the children's mind. He & others of Baldy race must now take action against this man...

Collected in.

  1. Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Mutant" (collection).
  2. Isaac Asimov & Martin H Greenberg (Eds)' "Isaac Asimov Presents Great SF Stories 7 (1945)".

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, February 1945.
Rating: B.
Read full text at WOWIO as part of Mutant collection (no download) (needs a lot of clicks to reach the story text).
This is the first story of authors' Baldy series.
Nominated for Retro Hugo Award 1996 in novelette category.
Related: Stories of Henry Kuttner, C L Moore (as by Lewis Padgett).
Listed among the stories from John Campbell's Astounding/Analog.