Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Frank Herbert's "You Take the High Road" (short story, detective, free)

Illustration by van Dongen, accompanying the publication in Astounding, British edition, August 1958, of short story You Take the High Road by Frank Herbert. Image shows a peaceful native of the world Hamal II manually pulling a vegetable cart.Here is a peaceful place, its peacefulness asserted by its natives. Natives that were told beforehand that they'll get a significant prize if they're peaceful! And there are no obvious signs that suggest they're not peaceful.

But a detective's got a hunch they're putting up a false show...

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, May 1958.
Download full text as part of the scans of Astounding (British ed), August 1958.
This is the first of the four stories that went into the making of author's fixup novel "The Godmakers".
Rating: A.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Frank Herbert.