A fiction writer, a mysanthrope, and a behaviorist walk into a bar…

One of the most known quotes from the horror writer H. P. Lovecraft is

The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown. These facts few psychologists will dispute, and their admitted truth must establish for all time the genuineness and dignity of the weirdly horrible tale as a literary form.

from his Supernatural Horror in Literature (1927.) Many people recognize it, and it’s a thought attributed to him even though the next sentence states he thought it was (or wanted to present it as such) common knowledge: “These facts few psychologists will dispute.” He didn’t believe he was discovering anything new.

In any event, I believe I may have stumbled upon Lovecraft’s inspiration for his famous statement.

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Reading the Hugos: An Unimaginable Light, by John C. Wright

Although I may write a review of a super secret Hugo story, the last real Hugo short story finalist is An Unimaginable Light, by John C. Wright, part of the anthology God, Robot, a collection of short stories that explore the concept of “theobots,” an interesting (and perhaps even necessary) twist to Asimov’s three laws (especially the first.)

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Imagina que esta historia es real:

Andas tan tranquilo por la calle cuando un tipo, sin razón aparente, empieza atizarte a ti y a otra gente que pasa por allí. Mientra lo hace chilla algunas consignas que lo identifican como miembro de un grupo, y en el fragor del momento, mientras estás en el suelo recibiendo una tunda, se te escapan algunos insultos sobre la madre del desconocido, su etnia, raza, y especie. Luego, cuando llega la policia, le das la descripción del apalizador, y entonces el agente resopla.

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