Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Harlan Ellison's "How Interesting: A Tiny Man" (short story, fanfic, free): Mary Shelley's "Frankenstein" retold, with a twist

Quote from short story How Interesting, A Tiny Man by Harlan Ellison
This is, in a way, a satire on tendency of some people to poke their nose into things that are none of their business. But similarity with Shelley's "Frankenstein" is uncanny. But unlike Shelley's classic, this story doesn't have an irresponsible creator; it's the society that is the villain.

Story summary.

Narrator has created another man in a lab - a very tiny man, just 5 inches tall, but otherwise a normal man. All is well, the tiny man is welcomed everywhere ... until a woman begins spewing venom for no reason at all...

Fact sheet.

First published: Realms of Fantasy, February 2010.
Download full text from publisher's site.
Rating: B.
Nominated for Nebula Award 2010 in short story category.
Related: Stories of Harlan Ellison.