Friday, August 17, 2012

Algis Budrys' "Chain Reaction" (as by John A Sentry) (novelette, freedom): You're free, but live my way!

I intended to write this post on 15 August, India's Independence Day, but have been busy recently. This is an independence day story, but I found the author's idea of freedom somewhat obnoxious, even if well intended.

Story summary.

An alien world where an intelligent species is held enslaved by another with much superior technology. Slaves whose work the owners don't even need anymore; they're held enslaved out of habit, or may be of need to exercise power over others.

A passing human ship discovers the enslavement, & frees the slaves. Only the humans are treating the newly freed as children that need to be taught how to live, & natives naturally resent it.

Collected in.

  1. Groff Conklin (ed)'s "Six Great Short Science Fiction Novels".

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, April 1957.
Rating: B. 
Among the stories edited by John Campbell for Astounding/Analog. 
Related: Stories of Algis Budrys.