|Publisher:||Weird Tales, March 1951|
|Tags:||fiction, science fiction|
Science fiction short story from near the beginning of Piper's writing career. Colonel Ashley Hamilton is participating in a family intervention, of which he is the target. And a psychiatrist is present—yes, they want him declared mentally incompetent! (Needless to say, he's quite rich.) But sometimes those who seem demented are actually the only ones who are seeing things as they really are... [Suggest a different description.]
Author Bio for Piper, H. Beam
Henry Beam Piper (March 23, 1904—c. November 6, 1964) was an American science fiction author. He wrote many short stories and several novels. He is best known for his extensive Terro-Human Future History series of stories and a shorter series of “Paratime” alternate history tales.
Piper’s stories fall into two camps: stark space opera, such as Space Viking, or stories of cultural conflict or misunderstanding, such as Little Fuzzy or the Paratime stories.
A running theme in his work is that history repeats itself; past events will have direct and clear analogues in the future. The novel Uller Uprising is the clearest example of this, being based on the Sepoy Mutiny. A similarly clear example is the very name of Space Viking; although that novel is not a direct reinterpretation of a specific historical precedent, a later theme in the book involves the takeover of a planet in a manner reminiscent of the rise of Adolf Hitler.--Wikipedia.
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