Monday, November 17, 2008

Beyond Earth's Gates - Henry Kuttner and C. L. Moore

An up and coming actor is trying to avoid a third rate club singer when a painting turns out to be an Earth-Gate to the planet Malesco, and the stories his Uncle Jim told him as a kid were real.

It turns out his uncle had tried to start a bit of a revolution on this priest and technology controlled planet. Even though our actor here is no John Carter Burroughsian mythic hero full of muscles and sword swinging prowess, he ends up trying to do what he can in a different way.

Luckily his uncle taught him the language, he has a few gimmicks to impress the locals, and manipulating a primitive religion is always possible.

3 out of 5

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