Monday, November 14, 2011
"Intelligence Factor" ~ 1950s Mars story by Corwin F. Stickney
Thanks to another generous fan of old magazines at the Internet Archive, you can read “Intelligence Factor,” a short story penned by the elusive Corwin F. Stickney and illustrated by pulp artist Lawrence Sterne Stevens, as it was originally published in the December 1953 issue of Science-Fiction Plus magazine.
For untold millennia the virus had drifted over the arid wasteland of Mars, knowing that it was the only sentient life on the planet. Until one day, when shock waves and a blast of welcome heat deposited a cylinder of gleaming metal, towering in the desert…