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The Blue Tower
Evelyn E. Smith
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The Blue Tower

3.08  ·  Rating Details ·  36 Ratings  ·  6 Reviews
As the vastly advanced guardians of mankind, the Belphins knew how to make a lesson stick-but whom?- opening to story:-Ludovick Eversole sat in the golden sunshine outside his house, writing a poem as he watched the street flow gently past him. There were very few people on it, for he lived in a slow part of town, and those who went in for travel generally preferred stree ...more
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Published (first published February 1958)
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Marts  (Thinker)
Sep 02, 2012 Marts (Thinker) rated it really liked it
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Sometimes man makes decisions that don't always turn out the way they wished them to...
So now humankind is ruled by Belphins and our protagonists wonders why, the Belphin responds, "That is why we were placed in charge of humanity. Someday you, too, may advance to the point where you know, and we shall return whence we came." But man doesn't wait for that time, and the Blue Tower tells us what happens...
Zeta T.
Apr 15, 2012 Zeta T. rated it really liked it
I randomly found this author last night and loaded a bunch of stories, since I liked the X-Minus One radio program, I like the Galaxy magazine stories because they tended to have some lighthearted dialogue on a regular basis. This story was a bit more serious and the author can pull some high verbal curve-balls, good if you have an automatic dictionary. There were some key elements and cheap short cuts to get to the heart of the story that might give some a guffaw but you do get that sense of ...more
Perry Whitford
Having read a few of Evelyn E. Smith's Golden Age sci-fi stories on the Gutenberg site, I've come to enjoy her humourously satirical take on things. This wasn't one of her better efforts though.

The human race enjoys a blissfully idle existence under the benign rule of an alien race called the Belphins. Ludovick Eversole is perfectly happy with the arrangement, but not everybody is, such as his neighbours the Flockharts.

Smith puts her usual ironical twist on the outcome, but she could have writte
Nov 20, 2015 Michael rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A rather interesting short story based on humanity being ruled by another race of beings which has improved life on earth. These beings saying that they would leave when humanity is ready to look after itself. Once again humanity proved that it is short sighted.

A good read and a good parody to real life. I would highly recommend this book.

As an audiobook it was well narrated by Betsy Bush.
Scott Harris
Jun 29, 2012 Scott Harris rated it really liked it
This short story presents a rather dry and ironic take on humanity, who is genuinely unable to live under the guidance of a benevolent dictatorship - who longs for freedom rather than peace and prosperity. It is however sufficiently well written so as to neither idolize the concept of freedom (so common in North American writing) nor to downplay the compromises of the lack thereof. A good read for a short story.
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Evelyn E. Smith was an American author of Science Fiction. During the 50′s her works appeared regularly in magazines such as Galaxy and Fantastic Universe. In the 80′s she wrote a number of novels featuring the character Miss Melville about a middle-aged assassin. She also wrote as Delphine C. Lyons and Christopher Grimm.
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