Saturday, December 29, 2012

Frank Herbert's "Rat Race" (short story, detective, free): Rats are to men as men are to...

An illustration by Riley accompanying the publication in British edition of Astounding Science Fiction magazine of short story Rat Race by Frank Herbert. Image shows 3 cylinders at mortuary that raised the curiosity of police detective.
A police detective, during a routine errand to a mortuary, asks an idle question about something kept there. He gets an evasive response. He smells rat, & we are on to something really big...

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, July 1955.
Download full text as part of scans of Astounding (British Edition), December 1955.
Rating: A.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Frank Herbert; fiction where men are lab animals to aliens.