Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Roger Dee's "The Anglers of Arz" (short story, perspective inversion, free): Some very unusual "fishing"

Illustration accompanying the HTML version at Project Gutenberg of the story The Anglers of Arz by Roger DeeThree human explorers on an alien world have been seeing a rather unusual sight every morning: an islet visible from port of their ship always have "two pinkish, bipedal Arzian fishermen" in the morning, flying dragons swoon down to kill them just after sunrise, then some sort of squid rise up the sea & take the dragons.

What's the mystery? Why do some Arzian fishermen let them get butchured by lizards every morning?

See also.

  1. Harry Bates' "Farewell to the Master" (download): A much better known story with similar issues of perspective inversion.

Fact sheet.

First published: If, January 1953.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks.
Rating: A.