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Opinion from a Libertarian ViewPoint

April 2005 Usher II

Posted by M. C. on June 16, 2022

Ray Bradbury

Cancel Culture

Summary

Mr. William Stendahl has his architect build a house on Mars reminiscent of American writer Edgar Allan Poe’s “The Fall of the House of Usher.” Stendahl explains Poe’s works were burned in the Great Fire of 1975 back on Earth, victim of a law to ban “all the beautiful literary lies and flights of fancy.” These laws have now been transported to Mars.

Garrett, Investigator of Moral Climates, comes to inspect the house and declares his intention to raze it to the ground. He comes inside and a robot ape kills him. Stendahl’s henchman, Pikes, creates a robot version of Garrett and burns the body.

Stendahl throws a party and invites all of his former rivals. The real Garrett shows up, after having sent a robot originally. Garrett observes as each guest is murdered in ways that mirror murders in Poe’s stories; a robot version of each guest watches its double’s murder. Then, Stendahl chains Garrett up and bricks him in before escaping with Pikes and blowing up the whole house.

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