Thursday, March 17, 2005

The Harmonizer by A. E. van Vogt

[ prose science fiction ]

The Harmonizer (1944)
by A. E. van Vogt
My rating: 1.5

Yet another plot outline, or note, that sold as a short story that should have been used in some longer work.

I give it a half point just for the idea of an alien plant that can pacify worlds.

I blame editors even more than authors for getting this kind of stuff published. Using a popular author name to sell a magazine is a real betrayal of readers, when the work is insubstantial and weak.

I read this one in the van Vogt anthology, Away and Beyond (1952).

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