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Gardner, Martin – “Thang” (1948)


A page-and-a-half vignette in which Thang, a sort of Lovecraftian evil entity big enough to pick Earth up like an orange, does exactly that and is about to devour it when he is, in turn, picked up by the scruff of the neck and devoured by an even larger monster. This is, I suppose, intended to illustrate relativity outside of the human scale, but there really isn’t enough here to make much of a point.

Also I lied up there about Cheroke being the only mention of race in the book because this story notes at the beginning that the “East had experienced a record breaking crop of yellow rice and yellow children.”

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