G C Edmondson's "Blessed Are the Meek" (short story, colonialism, free): Human colonists are humbled by peaceful iron age natives
Story summary.Human colonists arrive on a world inhabited by intelligent hominid natives. Natives living in iron age & willing to submit themselves to newly arrived human masters without protest. Also, astonishingly, natives aware of the worlds in the skies & of traveling between them!
Learning about natives will make the human invaders learn something vital about themselves...
Fact sheet.First published: Astounding, September 1955.
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Among the stories edited by John Campbell for Astounding/Analog.