“The Boy With Five Fingers”

Title“The Boy With Five Fingers”
Year for Search1953
AuthorsGunn, James [Edwin](b. 1923)
Secondary TitleStartling Stories
Volume / Edition28.3
Pagination58-60
Date PublishedJanuary 1953
KeywordsMale author, US author
Annotation

Short story set in a future where the people are all mutants brought about by past atomic wars told from the perspective of a boy who is normal by past standards, sees his future world as clearly better than the past, and is glad that their Basic Rule is that everyone has the right to be different.

Additional Publishers

Rpt. in Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories. Ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Joseph D. Olander (New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., 1980); rpt. (New York: DAW Books, 1992), 271-74

Illustration

llus. Alex[ander A.] Schomburg (1905-98)

Holding Institutions

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Author Note

(b. 1923)

Full Text

1953 Gunn, James [Edwin] (b. 1923). “The Boy With Five Fingers.” Illus. Alex[ander A.] Schomburg (1905-98). Startling Stories 28.3 (January 1953): 58-60. Rpt. in Microcosmic Tales: 100 Wondrous Science Fiction Short-Short Stories. Ed. Isaac Asimov, Martin H. Greenberg, and Joseph D. Olander (New York: Taplinger Publishing Co., 1980); rpt. (New York: DAW Books, 1992), 271-74. PSt

Short story set in a future where the people are all mutants brought about by past atomic wars told from the perspective of a boy who is normal by past standards, sees his future world as clearly better than the past, and is glad that their Basic Rule is that everyone has the right to be different.