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Star Dummy, the (1952) [Short Story]
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Paul Peters, ventriloquist by trade, is going insane. His wooden dummy speaks to him, mocks him, insults him, and coldly watches him at night while he suffers to get simple, restful sleep. He knows he's going crazy, his psychoanalyst knows it, but there's nothing he can do. It's talking to him.

Therefore, he is less surprised than most when, on a routine trip to the zoo for a little creative thinking, he hears about a freakish, animal-like creature in the wombat cage. There it sits, making diagrams on the floor as the wombats watch in abject terror.

Paul believes his wooden dummy speaks to him. His belief in the impossible enables him to make a connection with the creature when all others fail. What he learns will help him, help the creature he has made contact with, and forge a bond of friendship between two species across worlds.

First published in Fantastic, Fall 1952.

Original title: The Star Dummy
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAlien BeingsInterspecies Relations

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1952) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , H. P. Lovecraft , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Jack London , James Blish , L. Sprague de Camp , A.E. van Vogt , Jack Vance , Fletcher Pratt , Damon Knight , Murray Leinster , Richard Matheson , Eric Frank Russell , Theodore Sturgeon , John D. MacDonald , Lewis Padgett , Wyman Guin , Lester del Rey , Raymond F. Jones , Alan E. Nourse , Fredric Brown , A.J. Deutsch , Anthony Boucher , William Tenn , Paul Ernst , David H. Keller , Katherine MacLean , John Leimert , B.F. Ruby , Will H. Gray , David Grinnell , Mark Clifton , Ross Rocklynne , Ann Griffith , R.R. Winterbotham , Ralph Williams , Chester S. Geier , W. Hilton-Young , André Maurois , Ralph Robin , H.B. Fyfe , Robert Abernathy , Peter Phillips

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