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Review: Bob Shaw book Call Me Dumbo
Bob Shaw book Call Me Dumbo
Two men are stranded on a planet with an organ bank on ship. One surgically (and clumsily) implants a womb to the other, then dopes "her" up with drugs so that "she" thinks theyre a perfect little family with a picket-fence lawn.
From: Orlando , 604 months, post #1
Not a bad short story - seems to be an attempt to out-Henry O'Henry... if that makes sense (plot twist). To not spoil the story I will not go into detail. Buuuuuut... I have some questions for the author: If the bad guy wanted to make his pal into a woman so as to start a family after crash-landing on a new planet, why is he so contemptious of "her." "She" seems to have had a mental transformation as well. (Homophobia?) This story seems 1950ish and could have been better written in 1990 (my opinion - you might disagree). And why is (lose the quotations) she so accepting of her role as doormat? The story explains all "children" were "slipped in" via test-tube-like - why does't she demand her wifely priviledges? Where is the basis for her apparent LOVE of this Neanderthal SOB (my excuses to precursor-humanoids and lady dogs).

Still, a short, vividly described plotline - based upon a reeeelly unique set of conditions. Don't look for the big-earred Disney elephant! Hard to find? Probably. I recommend it as something different, something strange... TG with a vengence.

From: Anne-Mal , 604 months, post #2
This is a short story that appears in the collection "Tomorrow Lies in Ambush", 1973 by Ace books. An ok story but not worth looking for.

From: guest (achernar) , 96 months, post #3
A short Sci-Fi story with a hard horror twist.
A good plot that starts with a perfect little family then unveils little by little the reality behind to reach pure horror.
It is pretty mind boggling, raising questions with multiple answers.
This was published in French with the title "Dumbo" in "Galaxie november 1969".

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