The Man and the People #SampleSunday

Here’s a bit from one of the stories in my science fiction short story collection OTHER EARTH, OTHER STARS. A shuttle from a space ship has landed on a “lost” colony planet, where reproduction has been genetically induced to be by parthenogenesis: females only, no men required.

The Man and the People

excerpt from “Leaving the Turtle”
by Marian Allen

I walked closer to the shuttle and said, in the language of Earth our First Mothers had brought with them and passed down to us, “Welcome to Peace. We remember Earth. Welcome, Sisters.”

I looked back at Bal, who gave me a grudging nod.

A hatch opened in the side of the shuttle, and a ramp unfolded. A figure came down. A figure with thick facial hair on…his…chin and upper lip. A figure with no breasts. A male. A human male.

Behind me, there was a soft wave of nervous laughter and murmurs.

A wave of relief followed, as two people came after him. The three were dressed alike in trousers and shirts, as our First Mothers dressed, according to the stories. Naturally, they would send the male out first, to make sure it was safe for people.

They looked like none of us. Of course, we knew there were Mothers other than ours, and that not all of the bloodlines our Mothers had brought here had survived–we knew there were people who didn’t look like us. It was strange, though, after seeing the same faces for so long, to see new ones. I thought the new people were very exotic and very beautiful.

“Welcome,” I said again. “Welcome to Peace.”

The man and the people smiled, and the man held out his hand to me. This is why Bal doesn’t just go ahead and exile me for what she calls my “bad attitude”–she enjoys watching me forced to interact with males.

I took his hand and held it, as one does a frightened child’s….

“Be silent and stand still,” I told him. “Don’t touch anything. The people who brought you are our guests. A safe place will be set aside for you.”

He looked puzzled. “I am Captain–”

I dropped his hand and walked past him to the people.



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A WRITING PROMPT BASED ON MY POST: Someone is treated as of no importance, or even as less than fully human.



I was born in Louisville, Kentucky, but now live in the woods in southern Indiana. Though I only write fiction, I love to read non-fiction. The more I learn about this world, the more fantastic I see it is.

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One thought on “The Man and the People #SampleSunday

  1. pm laberge

    December 31, 2017 at 1:18pm

    So who the HELLA takes out the garbage, feeds the dog, and does that Other Stuff????????
    You’d think they would welcome the guy!

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      • PM Laberge

        December 31, 2017 at 10:18pm

        Smart women know how to USE men. They are cranky, and clumsy, and error-prone…. but, as Lesley says: “Occasionally, you have your uses. Here, fix this.” Worse, Lesley and Noella work together.
        So much for Lincoln.

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          • pm laberge

            January 1, 2018 at 12:19pm

            Well, Lincoln was for equality of races, sexes, and religions. 2/3 is not bad!
            As for sexes, well ….

            See Youtube:
            Harry Belafonte – Man Smart Woman Smarter
            “Man Smart Woman Smarter” – I Love Lucy 1957 S-6, E-21 CBS-TV


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