When a spacecraft makes an emergency landing on an unknown planet the commander, William Fletcher, is anxious to get underway again as soon as possible. Not so for his navigator, Peter Craig, who is insubordinate and is fed up taking orders all of the time. While Fletcher makes repairs to the ship Craig explores the area around them and is astonished to find that there are living beings there only a fraction of the size of humans. Soon, he is being recognized by them as a god and refuses to leave when the ship ready. He is to realize that one's place in the universe is a relative thing. Written by
When Craig shows Fletcher the tiny village, his arm points out the landscape, and seconds later steps next to Fletcher and does it again. See more »
The time is the space age, the place is a barren landscape of a rock-walled canyon that lies millions of miles from the planet Earth. The cast of characters? You've met them: William Fletcher, commander of the spaceship; his co-pilot, Peter Craig. The other characters who inhabit this place you may never see, but they're there, as these two gentlemen will soon find out. Because they're about to partake in a little exploration into that gray, shaded area in space and time ...
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This is about power. Instead of reveling in the idea that there is a civilization (all the Whos down in Whoville), these jerks simply try to establish themselves as overlords. The Man Who Would be King featured this a century ago and Mark Twain did it in The Mysterious Stranger. This kind of power never works out and this is no exception. They have nothing to gain by their actions and eventually turn on each other. Of course, the boss, Serling, has plans for them. They are not going to get to have their way very long. In Richard Matheson's Incredible Shrinking man, the main character comes to realize that when compared to the vastness of the universe, we are all pretty small potatoes.
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