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Preview — Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates
Farewell to the Master
Were the alien and his robot here to help or hinder humankind? Find out the surprising answer in the original story that inspired the classic 1951 science-fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still.
This is a must-read for any science-fiction lover, for, as the Encyclopedia of Science Fiction says, "the film lost the story"s ironic ending." Now listeners can discover first...more
Farewell to the Master is the short story that forms the premise of the popular 1951 (remade in 2008) science fiction movie The Day the Earth Stood Still, in which an alien and his robot visit Earth to warn humans that their atomic weapons and violent tendencies will not be tolerated by the rest of the galaxy. Earth can get in line with peaceful galactic ideology, or be destroyed.
Not surprisingly, Bates’ story, which was published before atomic weapons wer ...more
That said, it's not too long to strain patience and like all good shorter stories the final line has the sting ...more
I had to read this for one of my classes, and I believe this was a good choice to start the course of with!
This short story follows Cliff, a young photographer, and the two aliens who land in Washington, D.C. Throughout the story, suspense is built around Gnut's eery eyes, and the proposed movement of his limbs.
I finished this a few hours ago, and I'm still thinking about that ending. While this wasn't written beautifull ...more