Sunday, June 9, 2013

Evelyn E Smith's "The Venus Trap" (short story, free): Man brings hope to a dying alien species

One of the illustrations by Dick Francis accompanying the original publication in Galaxy magazine of short story The Venus Trap by Evelyn E Smith. Image shows the jealous human woman trying to cut down the intelligent alien tree woman while her husband restrains her.Man has just began colonizing an alien world called Elysium, a world full of intelligent native plants. But most males of these plants died out of a disease; the world is now full of female intelligent plants, with no hope of a future generation.

One of the colonists men will develop a special relationship with Magnolia, one of these female plants, leading to much acrimony & jealousy on the part of his wife. But things turn hopeful near end, with a new arrival from earth...

See also.

  1. Eric Frank Russell's "P.S."; download as part of a larger package: A man has had an alien as a pen-pal for a number of decades. Now, old & alone, he learns that his life long pen friend is actually a tree & a rather smelly one at that! How should he react to the news?

Fact sheet.

First published: Galaxy, June 1956.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks. [via John Grayshaw @ClassicScienceFiction]
Rating: B.
Related: Stories of Evelyn E Smith; Vegetable SF.