• Title: Oomphel in the Sky
  • Author: H. Beam Piper
  • ISBN: 9781435300644
  • Page: 326
  • Format: Paperback
  • Oomphel in the Sky The natives of Kwannon practiced ritual magic under the watchful eyes of their Terran rulers Hunting farming raising children it all required the special spells only a powerful shoonoo could cast Bu
    The natives of Kwannon practiced ritual magic under the watchful eyes of their Terran rulers Hunting, farming, raising children it all required the special spells only a powerful shoonoo could cast But when prophesies of the end of the world send the natives of Kwannon swarming, it may also be the end for the Terrans The natives, it seems, actually want the end of theThe natives of Kwannon practiced ritual magic under the watchful eyes of their Terran rulers Hunting, farming, raising children it all required the special spells only a powerful shoonoo could cast But when prophesies of the end of the world send the natives of Kwannon swarming, it may also be the end for the Terrans The natives, it seems, actually want the end of the world for the promised afterlife will be far, far better And who can argue with the shoonoon and their prophetic dreams It s up to Miles Gilbert, reporter for the Kwannon Planetwide News Service, to save the day For only he can turn the natives from the course with the special magic of Earth, the machine giving Oomphel

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    1. Excerpt: come here and talk with you. Here is a chief of soldiers, and one of the Government people, and your words will be heard by the oomphel machine that remembers and repeats, for the Governor and the Great Soldier Chief." They all brightened. To make a voice recording was a wonderful honor. Then one of them said: "But what good will that do now? The Last Hot Time is here. Let us be permitted to return to our villages, where our people need us." "It is of that that I wish to speak. But fir [...]

    2. I give this Human Federation short story a reluctant 3 stars because it was well written. If it had not been, then I would have downgraded to 2 stars because it is an example of the use of a horrible double standard. The story itself has two main themes: 1) The incompetence of a Marxist style government. 2) The gullibility and intransigence of religious fanatics.The first if very easy to identify, and is made very succinctly in several places. Read it to see it.The second theme is slowly uncover [...]

    3. Piper is a master at taking complicated issues and dealing with them in a non-threatening way. If you want to you can look at this book as one that deals with social anthropological issues that were and currently are relevant to the way we treat so called "natives".

    4. It's interesting to think about how alien civilisations would potentially vary psychologically and with political systems, rather than just biologically.

    5. A very short story full of ethnic paternalism from earlier 20th Century American civilizational progressivism.

    6. Another solid Federation story from H. Beam Piper. So far I'd say that I've "liked" everything I have read from him as he creates some very interesting plot concepts within his science fiction universe. Two things generally hold me back from boosting my ratings a little higher with his work. One is characterization, as the short stories and novels I've read so far are mostly devoid of anyone memorable. The other major detraction is they way he infuses his personal beliefs, be that social or poli [...]

    7. When is a lie better than the truth? When it helps keep an alien civilization from tearing itself, and yours as well.Just read it, it's fun older SF and it is free on Kindle.

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