A Spectre is Haunting Texas
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A Spectre is Haunting Texas

by Fritz Leiber
Release date: 1968
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

Scully La Cruz was a Thin – a muscleless free-fall phenomenon whose home was the Sack circling the Moon, who could only support life in Earth-gravity conditions by having himself encased in a titanium exo-skeleton. To the inhabitants of the ravaged post-war Earth, he looked spectrally outlandish.

To Scully, the inhabitants of Earth looked equally odd. Because the U.S.A. had disappeared in the aftermath of atomic conflict and had been replaced by greater Texas. And Greater Texas was dominated by the Greater Texans, masterful giants created by hormone treatments, who strode lordly about amidts their dwarfish peons and slaves.

To these unhappy underlings, Scully appeared as a Sign, a leader to revolt. To Scully, this reverance sparked his actor instinct to make him decide to accept that role.

(updated 2010-09-07)

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