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Gordon Van Gelder
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 11:24 am:   

One of our subscribers sent this email looking for a story identification. I think he's referring to a Theodore Sturgeon story, but I'm not 100% certain. Can anyone provide a positive ID on it?:


I am trying to show how science fiction, especially short story writing, is the leading edge of social thought,

My best example is a short story written several decades ago about how there were two aliens who visited earth, spreading peace and relieving fear, emanating joy and banishing loneliness. They traveled everywhere, holding hands and touching one another in an ethereal manner which inspired the citizens of earth to change their ways.Then there came second visitors who took them into custody because they were criminals. They were of the same sex.

Can you or your friends help me find this story? Your help is appreciated!

R.C.
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MarcL
Posted on Monday, April 25, 2005 - 12:07 pm:   

That's "The World Well Lost" by Sturgeon.
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John Thiel
Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2005 - 12:09 pm:   

Ray Palmer got a controversy when he published that. I read about it in the fanzine Sigma Octantis.

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