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All You Zombies

All You Zombies  by Robert Heinlein (1958)

Tuesday’s Tale of  Terror    May 5, 2015


Times zones,  a hermaphrodite, a barkeep that is a temporal agent for the “bureau,” and a time machine. This sci-fi short story by Robert Heinlein is a mesmerizing one. The title “zombies” didn’t mean the same thing in 1958 that it does these days.  We are at Pop’s Place in 1970 and in walks  a man who identifies himself as a magazine writer of true confessions by the name of “unmarried mother.”  The barkeep is fascinated, but he clearly knows more than he’s willing to reveal about “unmarried mother.”


Read this story once and you’ll have lots of questions. Read this story twice and you find it has layered mysteries.  The action loops (that is not to say it’s loopy although I  wanted to call it that during the second reading). A third reading,  and yeah some things began to fall into place. I am not an avid sci-fi reader but this one was amazing.

Here’s a line that really got me:  “The Snake That Eats Its Own Tail, Forever and Ever. I know where I came from – but where did all you zombies come from?

Try watching the film Predesination with Ethan Hawke.





Robert Heinlein is said to be one of the best fiction writers of all time. He was awarded the first SFWA Grand Master Nebula Award in 1975.




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French Zombies, Anyone?

Was It A Dream? by Guy De Maupassant (188-s)

Tuesday’s Tale of Terror   April 9, 2013

The drama factor in Was It A Dream is at the high end. And the chill factor, yeah, this one will get you.

There is something about De Maupassant’s writings that make me feel like I’m living the events with the character—a right-in-the-moment quality. And this story was written over a hundred years ago but it still delivers. De Maupassant was a best-selling author in his day; he wrote over 300 short stories and received much acclaim and praise.

The theme of this shortie is love and death. Such a combination cannot fail to affect with the skills of this author.

The story opens with the exclamation, “I had loved her madly!”  I dare you to stop reading.

By the fourth paragraph, tragedy strikes and our narrator laments his lost love. There is quite a lot of exclamation here, clear prose, a heavy dose of reality, and vivid descriptions that our author is known for—quite sensuous, I might add (Flaubert was De Maupassant’s mentor so of course there’s quite a bit of flair).

The central action of the story takes place in a cemetery. I will tell you, I’m not a zombie fan but these zombies are my kind of zombies! After reading this story, you won’t likely forget it.

Try this exhilarating short read, less than 2000 words at The Literary Gothic:


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Next week’s Tale of Terror will by Henry James in honor of his birth date.



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