Okay, for the first entry in our two weeks of good cheer and pro-freedom usefulness — an oldie but a very goodie.
First, some background. You can skip this if you don’t care and go right to the links at the bottom.
If you were on The Claire Files Forums (now the Mental Militia Forums) seven or eight years ago, you’ll probably still remember the poster known as Shevek.
Shevek was well-liked, widely considered one of the “wise men” of the forums, and is the only person I know with both a noun and a verb created in his honor: to Shevek and Fussitarian. Both have to do with extreme attention to detail.
Shevek eventually took the very sane step of dropping even further out and is rarely heard from these days. However, I tracked him down recently and he’s doing very well.
Among the quiet, detail-oriented projects Shevek’s been working on lo these many years is an accurate online reconstruction of the original Eric Frank Russell story “And Then There Were None.” He says that the copy I’ve linked to before isn’t The One. (The story was originally published in the June 1951 edition of Astounding Science Fiction and later included, revised, as an episode in Russell’s novel, The Great Explosion.)
That’s the background.
Shevek now offers the one, the only, the original “And Then There Were None.” With considerable attention to getting it right, you can be sure.
It’s a great story — and great inspiration for freedomistas and tyranny-resisters everywhere. Sure, it’s “only” fiction. Sure, our government is much more savage than the bunch of galactic tax collectors who land on the planet of the peaceful, anarchist Gands in Russell’s tale. Still. When spirits are down, here’s something to lift them. Hallelujah for how things could be done.
I have no idea of the copyright status of the story (though versions have been online quite a while and if there’s an Eric Frank Russell estate, they don’t seem anxious to kill ATTWN’s free Netly presence). Though I’m pro-author as everybody knows, I don’t think anything written in 1951 by a man now long-dead should be protected from copying. And Shevek urges anybody who wants it to download his .pdf. Feel free to mirror it, also, with credit and a link back.