Saturday, May 5, 2012

Eric Frank Russell's "Take a Seat" (short story, body snatching)

Illustration accompanying the original publication in Startling Stories magazine of short story Take a Seat by Eric Frank Russell
ArchiveHub records that F&SF turned down this story because of its "peculiar language".

Story summary.

Some sort of alien entity has taken possession of a human body, somewhere, using a newly developed "psycheport machine". Story is of its exploration of the new body, & of nearby humans' reaction to very unexpected behavior of their colleague, now possessed.

Fact sheet.

First published: Startling Stories, May 1952.
Rating: B.  
Related: Stories of Eric Frank Russell (annotated list).