Thursday, March 4, 2010

Henry Kuttner's "Where the World is Quiet" (as by C H Liddell) (short story, time quake, free)

Quote from short story Where the World is Quiet by Henry Kuttner, writing under the pen name C H LiddellThere are actually a lot of oft-used tropes here, but the stories it most reminds me of are:

  1. Murray Leinster's "Sidewise in Time": An event has induced a sort of earthquake that spawns time & distance across universe - so a patch of earth is replaced with another patch that is from somewhere else in space-time.
  2. Jack Williamson's "The Metal Man" (download text scans): An isolated place on earth that no one visits, or can visit, hides utterly alien life-forms & culture.

Story summary.

A recent earthquake near a hill or mountain called Huascan in Peru has created an impenetrable mist over a localized region. Seven young girls walked into it & haven't returned. Locals are terrified.

The narrator, an anthropologist, goes in to investigate, & a major adventure begins...

Fact sheet.

First published: Fantastic Universe, May 1954.
Rating: B.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, or Manybooks.
Related: Stories of Henry Kuttner; fiction from 1950s.