Saturday, May 12, 2012

An Omnilingual Bound Oracle

Today is Saturday. Yesterday was Friday. What happened to the stories from yesterday? I promise I didn't forget. It's more like I was busy yesterday and passed out before I could finish them. So that means, today you'll be receiving the short story post, and tomorrow you will receive the post you should have got today. It'll be fun.

Enough with the chit-chat now. Here's what you should look forward to in this post. The more recent story is Frank Cavallo's "The Oracle of Ganymede". The story from an anthology is "Forever Bound" by Joe Haldeman. Last but not least is the classic story. This week it is H. Beam Piper's "Omnilingual". Sit back and enjoy these stories over your weekend.

The Oracle of Ganymede by Frank Cavallo -- Ray Gun Revival
This tale follows a man's quest for love and the lengths to which he will go to procure it. The story doesn't quite live up to the periodical's promise of ray guns with the pew-pew of lasers being shot off at all corners, but it is still a touching piece of fiction, maybe with just a hint of the pew-pew.

Forever Bound by Joe Haldeman -- Warriors (anthology edited by George R.R. Martin and Gardner Dozois)
I have a feeling that this story is set in the same universe as Haldeman's very well-known novel, Forever War. In this story, we follow a new character back on Earth. He never once leaves earth. In fact, that's where all his battles are. These soldiers are not part of the infantry. Rather, they are part of another group of the military who sit in machines and control machines from a distance. How they control the machines, well, I'll let you figure out. It's a pretty interesting experience, and is more or less what the story examines as a whole.

Omnilingual by H. Beam Piper -- Astounding Science Fiction, February 1957
I have to confess something. This one isn't quite so short. You could call it a novella. But it's still worth the read. The story follows Martha Dane and her merry band of archeologists in uncovering the ancient ruins of a Martian city. Many of Martha's colleagues think she is in search of a lost cause: some sort of codex to translate Martian to other languages, much like the Rosetta Stone.

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