Monday, September 13, 2010

Eric Frank Russell's "The Army Comes to Venus" aka "Sustained Pressure" (novelette, Christianity, free): Persistence pays

Quote from short story The Army Comes to Venus by Eric Frank Russell
Army of title refers to The Salvation Army, a Christian sect. Story is about pressure groups - how they come into being & shape society.

Story summary.

An unnamed frontier town on Venus, the only one there yet. Mankind has recently reached Venus & is busy mining the place. This is a rowdy men-only town; Annie's brothel is about the only place that has women.

That's when Miranda Dean arrives to start her church. This is the story of her persistence, & patience, bringing religion to the town of sinners.

Collected in.

  1. "Major Ingredients" (ed Rick Katze). 

Fact sheet.

First published: Nebula Science Fiction December 1953. [via Robert Wilfred Franson]
Download as part of the scans of the Fantastic Universe, May 1959 where it was reprinted.
Rating: A.
Related: Stories of Eric Frank Russell (annotated & ranked list).