Monday, October 31, 2011

"Star Performer" ~ 1960's short story by Robert J. Shea about a dreamcasting Martian who gathers a cult following

Thanks to another generous fan of old magazines at the Internet Archive, you can read or download “Star Performer,” a short story penned by science fiction writer Robert J. Shea, and illustrated by artist Dick Francis, as it was originally published in the September 1960 issue of If: Worlds of Science Fiction magazine.

Set on Earth where senile delinquency is the number one problem, “Star Performer” revolves around a blue-skinned Martian named Gavir of the Desert Men, whose popular dreamcasts about human violence against the indigenous population back on Mars earns the Global Dreamcasting corporation stellar audience ratings.

“Blue Boy’s rating was high and his fans were loyal to the death — anyone's death!”

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