Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Howard L Myers' "The Creatures of Man" (as by Verge Foray) (short story, uplift, free): An imperfect god is a better than a perfect one!

Quote from short story titled The Creatures of Man by Howard L Myers, under the pseudonym Verge ForayColorful story of a human encounter with the creatures uplifted to sentience eons back by humans.

Uplifted creatures are insects - butterflies, moths, spiders, ants, ... Genetically modified to huge size, reasonable intelligence, & some unusual senses; & grafted on an alien world. Creatures now remember Man, have no conception of what He looks like, but have a means to call Him in an emergency - with caveats.

Now an unknown hive creature has landed on their world & killed some moths & ants in a scuffle. So Man is called to help counter the threat - with unexpected results.

See also.

  1. Murray Leinster's "The Mad Planet" (download): Another story where dominant animals on a world are terran insects grown to huge size. But these aren't uplifted ones; they've come to dominate because the climate became favorable.

Fact sheet.

First published: If, May 1968.
Rating: B.
Download full text from Baen CD: 4 pages beginning here.
Related: Stories of Howard L Myers (as by Verge Foray).