Friday, September 17, 2010

Eric Frank Russell's "It's in the Blood" (short story, tragedy, free): Don't force your career choice on your child

Much hashed story idea now, & I could see the ending part way through the story, but still quite readable.

Story summary.

Twenty year old Tom Fanshaw is the sixth generation in the family to look at space-pilot as as a profession. His proud dad has driven him to the school where he'll fly a spaceship solo for the first time. You can already guess the results...

See also.

  1. Henry Kuttner's "Absalom" (download): Very dark story of a child refusing to accept the career choice his father wants to make for him. Or may be it's about the choice of what he should study in college? It's been a while since I read it.

Fact sheet.

First published: Fantastic Universe, June-July 1953.
Download full text as part of Fantastic Universe, June/July 1953. Scans of this magazine in CBR format are online as part of a larger package.
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Eric Frank Russell (annotated & ranked list).