Story summary.Shelks, of Venus, conquered earth thousands of years ago, driving humans into vast underground warrens that are now the natural habitat of humanity. Tumithak, hero of the story, is a human from these warrens who has vague dreams of humanity overcoming the shelks & reclaiming earth.
To this end, he will undertake a journey to the surface to slay a shelk. Story is mostly of his adventures during this journey.
- A Bertram Chandler's "Giant Killer": An intelligent rat from an "underground" rat colony will kill a "giant" (a man).
- William Tenn's "Of Men & Monsters": Man living as rat-like pests in a world (earth?) now owned by giant aliens.
Fact sheet.First published: Amazing Stories, January 1932.
Download full text from The Writings of Charles R Tanner. [via James W Harris @ClassicScienceFiction]