Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Pauline Whitby's "The Lost Kafoozalum" (as by Pauline Ashwell) (novella, free): To stop war, introduce a common menace

One of the illustrations by Schoenherr accompanying the original publication in Analog of the story The Lost Kafoozalum by Pauline Ashwell
Bits of it are very good, particularly in the middle. But it starts off in a very tangent way & parts near end get draggy. Presentation is unusual for the period & refreshing.

Story summary.

An isolated human world somewhere has two factions near a war, so earth decides to help - in an indirect way. By faking a common menace so the two warring sides will be forced to join hands...

Fact sheet.

First published: Analog, October 1960.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, Feedbooks, Internet Archive.
Rating: B.
Nominated for Hugo award 1961 in short fiction category.
Among the stories in Astounding/Analog issues edited John Campbell