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The People Collection (The People)

4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  496 ratings  ·  53 reviews
Omnibus of the two previous “People” books, Pilgrimage and The People: No Different Flesh, plus the other four stories in the series, two previously uncollected.

Zenna Henderson - an Appreciation by Anne McCaffrey
Pilgrimage (novel)
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The People: No Different Flesh novel
Paperback, 594 pages
Published 1991 by Corgi Books
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Sara Poole
I’d love to tell you why this series of inter-connected stories about a band of alien refugees (the People) settled in the American southwest at the beginning of the 20th century captured my imagination when I was growing up, but aside from the obvious appeal to any kid who felt alienated and alone (didn’t we all?), I can’t quite explain it. Arizonan elementary school teacher Henderson wrote a spare, sometimes merciless prose. She tackled tough issues—mental illness, the challenge of being an in ...more
Zenna Henderson began writing science fiction in the early 1950s and continued for decades. Her best-known work (though she was never a household name) is comprised of the stories of The People, who fled their dying planet in search of a home. Those who came to Earth had to bail out of their spacecraft at the last minute, and the survivors, alone in their lifeboats, were separated. The stories reflect their (and their descendants) efforts to survive and adapt, to find each other and to preserve ...more
Matthew Green
I read most or all of these stories many years ago, and I really enjoyed re-reading them. They are "theistic" sci-fi, without being too much in-your-face about it (at least not by my standards). They are written with a lot of imagination, and really made an impression on me when I first read them as a child. As I found when I re-read the Chronicles of Narnia and other books I last read decades ago, I still remember my mental images of key scenes sometimes very vividly, even though I may have for ...more
Donni Hakanson
It's been quite some time since I read an un-put-down-able book, and this one certainly fits the bill as one I will read again! I purchased it for $1.50 at an op shop in the mall. As engrossing as Sheri Tepper and "The Time Traveller's Wife", this collection of stories written about The People almost sixty years ago has not dated. In fact, it could have been written in contemporary times, and the themes of both the storyline and subject slot perfectly in the current popular genres of supernatura ...more
May 16, 2008 Werner rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of upbeat science fiction
Recommended to Werner by: I'd seen the 1972 movie inspired by these stories
A genre classic, Henderson's corpus of People stories were mostly written in the 1950s and 60s; they're all collected here, along with the bridging material she wrote for the two partial collections published in her lifetime. Resembling humans physically, and able to intermarry with humans, the People are an alien race who fled their planet around 1890 (the anthology editors' guess, in their appended chronology, is 1900) when their sun went nova; some of them crash-landed in the wilds of Henders ...more
Mar 16, 2011 Kerry rated it 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2011, 9, reread, sf
It's taken me quite a long time to reread this as it hasn't been my focus book, but oh it has been a delight to revist the People. I think the original book of stories ("Pilgrimage") remains my favourite and Karen and Valancy my favourite characters, but really it has just been delightful to slowly reread my way through the stories.

It does say that the extra short stories at the end are People stories, but I'm not so sure about "Incident After" and "The Walls". I think they're SF stories of thei
I love this series - re-read it regularly! Most of the stories [but not the thread connecting them] have appeared independently in various science fiction and fantasy magazines and some short story collections. The two books have been collected in the omnibus edition Ingathering: The Complete People Stories of Zenna Henderson but are also available singly as Pilgrimage and No Different Flesh.

Although she was not as well known [or as prolific] as Heinlein and Asimov and Norton, Zenna Henderson is
Has the distinction of being, in my recollection, the only book that has ever made me cry that did not in some way involve brave animals. (Brave animals always make me cry.)
Julie Davis
A friend lent me this book, recommending the short stories as fun science fiction with an overarching Christian theme. I have read three or four of them and enjoy the basic concept fairly well. They are somewhat melodramatic but I don't like them any the less for that. More problematic is the fact that I have seen where every story is heading within a few pages. On the other hand, I am interested in the bridging stories about the suicidal young woman who is brought to the Gathering to hear all t ...more
Matthew Gatheringwater
Considering that in Mormon theology, worthy patriarchs are rewarded with their own planet to populate, it is not surprising that Zenna Henderson, a former Mormon, would come to write a story cycle about deeply religious people from another planet after she left the Mormon faith. And it is perhaps also not surprising, that after leaving her religious home, her stories should be suffused with longing, loss, and a deep desire to find community. Her characters are often people with special abilities ...more
Jim Kratzok
I have loved these stories of The People since I first found them probably over 45 years ago. The People are remnants of a group of aliens, that appear human, who came to Earth years ago after disasters made their planet uninhabitable. They have abilities that Earth natives do not and this lead to conflict.

There was a TV movie called "The People" in 1972 starring Kim Darby and William Shatner based on the Zenna Henderson stories -

The movie was so-so but
The impact of these stories is probably greater if they are read one at a time (as they were published) rather than consecutively as I did. I became very aware of repetitive plot motifs, character types and themes. I might not have noticed this if there had been a time lapse between each story.

Nevertheless, there were six stories that stood out for me as being especially powerful or dealing with the story's themes in a complex way. The one that I thought was most outstanding was "The Indelible K
This is a very good book that I'm not going to finish for a while.

Henderson wrote these stories mainly in the 1950s. Thanks to NESFA Press, which specializes in returning great SF to print, they're available again. Henderson grew up as a Mormon in a corner of Arizona, feeling very isolated from the rest of the world. That experience was reinforced when she taught Japanese-Americans in an internment camp during WWII. She knew what it is like to feel estranged from the world, and she turned that e
Jan 01, 2012 Wendy rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Rose, Heidi, Catherine, Kristine, Tracey, Glenda, Christina, Emily, Kathy, Tiana, Bessie
As a child, I read Zenna Henderson's short story collections, The Pilgrimage and The People: No Different Flesh, from my parents' bookshelves. I didn't realize then how unusual the stories were--Christian science fiction from a female perspective uncommon in the 1950s & 60s. I reread certain stories as a teenager and young adult, but not the whole canon until last week, when I borrowed Ingathering (a reprinted compilation) from my father, to whom I gave it for Christmas 2010.

Anyway, Ingathe
I wanted to like these stories. They were mentioned and lauded in Among Others, and I got really excited because, hey, a whole collection of science fiction short stories by an author I've never heard of? Neat!

But these are really one-note and they just don't do it for me. They are well-written; I really like some of the dialogue and descriptions she uses, and I like the basic premise, but the stories make me roll my eyes like crazy, and I'm only a little way in. It's the same story over and ove
Zach Danielson
Sep 27, 2010 Zach Danielson rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Zach by: David Danielson
This is some of the best science fiction I've ever read. Eschewing the conventional sci-fi obsession with technology, the focus is on community and faith, with Biblical references both subtle and overt. Instead of a futuristic city or bleak dystopian landscape, the setting is rural, pastoral. The emotions of the characters are fully realized and the stories are almost sentimental with themes of loss, alienation, compassion, wonder, and hope.

Zenna Henderson wrote and published the People Stories
I read a story about "The People" in Isaac Asimov's collection, Tomorrow's Children, many years ago, and fell in love with them. Eventually I found most of the other People stories in a couple of paperback collections. Somehow, over the years I lost those books, so was thrilled when this complete collection became available.

The People look just like us, but they are different, having come to earth as refugees, when there planet was destroyed at the end of the nineteenth century. Because of their
This is a collection of stories, all but one first published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction from the early 50s to the mid 70s. The People are aliens who escaped the destruction of their own planet and crash landed in the American southwest just before the turn of the century. There's a deep sense of place. The stories are largely concerned with the way the people (fully human in appearance though possessing powers) make an effort to blend in with humanity, mostly in their own lit ...more
The stories in this book all revolve around aliens who realized their planet was about to self-destruct, left in a hurry, and ended up on Earth. But even though it's sci fi, none of the stories are set in the future; the time periods covered go from the early 1900s to sometime around the 1960s. (They were written over a period of time from 1950s to about 1975.)

At first I wasn't sure I would finish this book. The stories were sort of corny and overly sentimental. The People are supposed to be sor
Extraordinary. I read and re-read Henderson's People books as a young girl and as an alienated teen. No, that's not fair- I didn't read them, I clung to them as a lifeline and dared to hope that there would be a place for me somewhere, someday. I'm pleased to report that, first of all, I've found a lovely place for me, and secondly, Henderson's stories hold up over time.

I have carried the Francher kid in my heart all these years, and it was glorious to meet him again. And Karen, of course. And t
I have heard the name Zenna Henderson for almost the entire time that I have been reading sci-fi. I have even taken this book off of the shelf several times, but it always looked dated (she started writing in the early 1950’s). This book was included in a group of books that I borrowed from a friend (thanks Dave!). Henderson’s stories of the People are a wonderful testament to some of the less appreciated stengths of the science fiction. At its best, science fiction can help us view ourselves fr ...more
Tina Weaver
This is the first paranormal I've read and I love it. This book contains the original story of Tia and Tony from the movie Escape to Witch Mtn and Return to Witch Mtn. It also spawned the movie THE PEOPLE staring Kim Darby. Not a good movie but it was based on a chapter in the book of The People.
This is an amazing story and I wish I could give it 10 stars

Zenna's books were, in my opinion, the first paranormals of its kind. They weren't the typical Sci-Fi of the era nor were they fantasy. Every
Mary JL
Nov 27, 2008 Mary JL rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Science fiction fans; fantasy fans; anyone liking good short stories
Shelves: main-sf-fantasy
Zenna Henderson's stories of the People have been favorites for mine since I was a teen. They have a lot of good themes--loneliness; feeling "different", accpeting strangers and many others.

These stories are technically science fiction, but fantasy readers would enjoy them as well. Actually anyone who likes a good story sshould try them, even if they usually do not read science fiction or fantasy.

If you cannot find this book, most of the stories were printed as two seperate volumes---Pilgrimage:
I've always loved that first short story in this collection. The other stories fleshed out the world building a lot, but lost a fair bit of the flavor that I liked most about that first story. They were enjoyable enough for the most part.
Pam May
Re-read it. Always loved The People stories when I was younger, so my fond memories probably have made me rate the book higher than I normally would have.
I saw the movie version and knew there had to be more to the story. Slow to start and reading like a mystery, the People try to keep secrets from anyone who comes into contact with them. The problem with keeping secrets is that children (no matter what species)are rather clumsy at hiding special gifts.

Living in the manner of the Amish or Quakers in very remote place, is no excuse for not keeping up with the times. This is the view of the new school teacher who has been assigned to instruct the c
This is the book to read if you want to continue the people stories. It is the comprehensive collection of the people works. I wish that she had written more. I always got so engrossed in her stories. I would daydream about what it would be like to have the abilities that the "people" have. It is written as seen through the eyes of Lea and Debbie and the experiences that these two have when they meet the people. I like "Ararat" and, the one about the Franchier kid, andDebbie's story about finish ...more
Oct 12, 2007 Leelan rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: everyone!
Most "feel good" SciFi series I have ever read. Henderson wrote these in the 1950's so it has a dated feel but that just adds flavor. "The People" are an alien race who crash land on Earth just as the Wild West is fading. They possess extraordinary mental powers that to us seem like magic. They fly, they heal, call fire, etc etc. None of these things bring them acceptance but only persecution and hatred. All completely undeserved as you will see once you read their story which I heartily recomme ...more
The People stories are some of the best sci-fi ever. But even if you don't like sci-fi- they are well worth a read because they deal more with the human experience. About a group of human-like aliens who come to Earth after their world dies. They have special gifts like the ability to levitate, a racial memory, mind-reading, healing, etc. and are a very gentle people. I don't like the bridge material though- just skip it! I loved this collection as a angst-ridden teen and still love it today!
Pedro León
Es un libro de ciencia ficción ya que hay extraterrestres con poderes especiales. Pero eso es sólo la excusa. El libro versa sobre todo lo bueno que las personas podemos hacer. Habla de generosidad, de amor al prójimo, del placer de ayudar a los que lo necesitan, ... Esto es lo que nos enseñan estos seres venidos de otro mundo. Son un espejo donde mirarnos, si queremos.

La autora demuestra una sensibilidad inmensa. Era profesora y no he podido remediar sentir envidia por sus alumnos.
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Zenna Chlarson Henderson was born on November 1, 1917 in the Tucson, Arizona area. She graduated from Arizona State in 1940 with a Bachelors degree in education and worked as a teacher in Arizona throughout her life. She died on May 11, 1983, at the age of 65, in Tucson.

Henderson is known almost entirely for short stories about "The People." The People are a race of sensitive, human-looking alien
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  • Pilgrimage: The Book of the People (The People)
  • The People: No Different Flesh (The People)
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