Sunday, April 1, 2012

Leigh Brackett's "The Treasure of Ptakuth" (short story, adventure, treasure hunt, free): Want to trade immortality for sleep?

Imagine a rejuvenation treatment that gives you practical immortality except from violent action. But it has a side effect: it takes away your ability to sleep. With this kind of technology in a story edited by Campbell, I will expect author to examine the implications of it. Not so. This is clearly a pre-Campbell story that somehow slipped through his editing.

Told as an adventure & as a treasure hunt, with a girl added so she can be rescued by hero. Set on Mars.

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, April 1940.
Download full text from Baen Books.
Rating: B.
Among the stories in Astounding/Analog issues edited John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Leigh Brackett.