Thommy Ford Reads

A blog by the staff of the Thomas Ford Memorial Library

“The Land of the Great Horses” by R.A. Lafferty

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“Are the two of us as crazy as the country?'” Rockwell moaned. “I’ve worked with you for three years. Isn’t your name Smith?”

“Why, yes, sir, I guess it might be Englished as Horse-Smith or Black-Smith. But my name is Pettalangro and I’m going home.”

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You’ll find “The Land of the Great Horses” in the anthology Dangerous Visions: FIC DANGEROUS

Smith and Rockwell are scientists lost in a desert in India. Both experience an unexpected thunderstorm. Both watch the landscape change from desert to plain. Rockwell is convinced it’s a mirage while Smith seems to think it’s all perfectly natural. In fact, Smith is starting to feel quite at ease.

I don’t want to give too much away. This story baffles until the last page or so and I think it’s best read that way. Harlan Ellison, who included it in the classic anthology Dangerous Visions, called it “one of my particular favorites,” and I think you’ll agree.

Review by Matthew

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This entry was posted on May 23, 2015 by in Book Review, Fiction, Saturday Shorts, Science Fiction, Short Stories.
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