Monday, December 24, 2012

Sydney J Bounds' "The Beautiful Martian" (short story, free): Fear creates hate creates destruction

Illustration by Martin Frew accompanying the original publication in Nebula Science Fiction magazine of short story The Beautiful Martian by Sydney J Bounds. Image shows the alien flame-being on earth, emerging from her ship.
A beautiful flame-being arrived in a strange ship in a village on Christmas eve. All village welcomed it, children were particularly happy, & "she" wanted only to contribute happiness.

In the morning, the news spread & the unwise men began arriving: soldiers, politicians, scientists, businessmen, priests, ... They brought fear, greed, hate. They evacuated the village, & they destroyed the visitor & her ship.

Fact sheet.

First published: Nebula Science Fiction, #14 (November 1955).
Download full text as part of the scans of the magazine it originally appeared in.
Rating: B.
Related: Christmas fiction.