Mutant

by Henry Kuttner
Release date: 1953
Type: speculative fiction
Genres: science fiction

A fix-up novel.

Henry Kuttner's 1953 novel of a despised community of telepaths hiding from society carries echoes of the Holocaust and the postwar DP communities. Kuttner, the most inventive and gifted short story writer in all of the science fiction, bridged this novel from five novelettes in ASTOUNDING: four were published that atomic year, 1945.

"When there were no telepaths men were used to being alone. But I couldn't remember a time when I'd been locked in the bony prison of my skull, utterly and absolutely cut off from all other men. Deafness or blindness wouldn't have mattered as much. They wouldn't have mattered at all - to a telepath."

Originating after the great Blow-up, they were a sub-species of the human society. Because of their hairless bodies they were known as the Baldies, telepaths all linked to each other by thought and sensation - objects of suspicion to the rest of mankind.

The survivor is alone. But still he can remember how it was - two hundred years ago...

updated 2017-01-16

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