Friday, April 6, 2012

L Sprague de Camp's "Judgement Day" (novelette, doomsday): A man's ultimate revenge against school bullies

Among the rare dark stories of de Camp. A lot of text describes scenes where the protagonist is being bullied by his schoolmates.

A physicist bullied throughout his school years grows up convinced everyone is a bully, or will be given half a chance. Now he's got something to take his revenge on an unkind world, a discovery that allows nuclear destruction of iron - so easy end of the world since it's so abundant in earth's crust.

Should he publish his results, so some crank somewhere will execute his revenge?

Collected in.

  1. "The Best of L Sprague de Camp".

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, August 1955.
Rating: B.
Among the stories in Astounding/Analog issues edited John Campbell.
Related: Stories of L Sprague de Camp.