Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Martian Black Apes - G. W. Thomas

"SOURCE: The Nemesis From Terra by Leigh Brackett (1961)

DESCRIPTION: "Rick saw them clearly-- a black anthropoid from the sea-bottom pits, one of the queer inhabitants of an evolutionary blind alley you were always running into on Mars. Some said they had once been men, and degenerated in their isolated, barren villages. Others said they were neither man nor ape, just something that got off on a road that went nowhere...the black apes were trained now like hounds to course men for the press-gangs..." (The Nemesis From Terra by Leigh Brackett (1961)

NOTES: The black apes are used by the Terran Exploitation Company as bloodhounds for their mine slaves.

HISTORY: The obvious comparison is to the White Apes of Barsoom by Edgar Rice Burroughs. These apemen do not have four arms, nor are they so frequent though they may have villages, making them more intelligent."

4 out of 5

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