“Son of Two Worlds,” by Edmond Hamilton.November 6, 2011
The Book: “Son of Two Worlds,” by Edmond Hamilton. Originally published in 1941 by Thrilling Wonder Stories, the story was read in the anthology 3 from Out There published by Crest Books in 1959.
The Setting: Mars and Earth. The future.
The Story: A Mars-born human must go to Earth to defend his now-dead father’s mine against hostile takeover – intrigue ensues.
The Science: This story posits the idea that a people with psychic powers would use them for hunting. That makes total sense! I mean, if you could take down a lion with your mind, wouldn’t you? Of course, the hunted develops defenses, as they have in this story. But still. Not possible… yet.
The Reaction: An up and down story. I thought the main character was pretty inconsistent and the intrigue a bit too much. But when there was action, that was good. Not worth the time though.
The Cover: Richard Powers, artist. Cool, spacey stuff. Great spaceships flying around. Very nice.
Next Up: “Mother Earth” by Isaac Asimov.