Thursday, October 19, 2017

"No Physicians Ever Attended Frane's Murders, Except at Inquests"

By Winston K. Marks (1915-79).
First appearance: Planet Stories, November 1953.
Reprinted in The Test Colony and Other Stories (2012).
Short short story (5 pages).
Online at SFFAudio (HERE) (PDF).

"They told you space piracy was impossible, didn't they?"
"Clothes make the man," goes the old saying. Lewis doesn't know it yet, but they can also have the opposite effect . . .
- You can read more about our author at the SFE (HERE), which characterizes his style as "mildly hard-bitten and amusing," as well as the usually fine summary bibliography at the ISFDb (HERE).

- People have been running around in spacesuits for a long time; see Wikipedia (HERE) and Atomic Rockets (HERE).

The bottom line: "Dress yourself in heavy fishing waders, put on an overcoat and boxing gloves and a bucket over your head, then have somebody strap two sacks of cement

across your shoulders and you will know what a space suit feels like under one gravity."

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