Thursday, May 20, 2010

Henry Kuttner & C L Moore's "Jesting Pilot" (as by Lewis Padgett) (short story, free): Hypnotized are looking for reality

Here is a subject where may be no one has had a good enough story. It's readable, but among the more mundane ones from these authors.

Story summary.

An impenetrable fortress where everyone is kept "sane" under permanent hypnosis! Fortress was created 600 years ago in a world gone bonkers.

Now the hypnosis is failing for one of the city's "citizens". How do the "controllers" help him?

He will eventually get help. But "controllers" are now beginning to doubt reality as well...

Fact sheet.

First published: Astounding, May 1947.
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Rating: B.
Among the stories from Astounding/Analog issues edited by John Campbell.
Related: Stories of Henry Kuttner, C L Moore (as by Lewis Padgett); fiction from 1940s.