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David "PiperFan" JohnsonPerson was signed in when posted
00:59 UT

The Return (of the Man Who Would Be King)

Recently rewatched The Man Who Would Be King and realized this story was likely an inspiration for Beam's "The Return."

Sure, Beam never saw the 1975 film but he'd likely read Kipling's original yarn, to which the film is largely faithful.

The key difference, of course, is that Altamont never realizes the "natives" suspect he's a "god," much less lets it go to his head like Dravot did in Kipling's yarn. And so, there's a much happier ending.

'Ware the Scowrers!

"I was going to write like James Branch Cabell, which would have taken a lot of doing. Before that, I was going to write like Rafael Sabatini, and like Talbot Mundy, and like Rider Haggard, and even, God help us all, like Edgar Rice Burroughs. . . . Eventually I decided to write like H. Beam Piper, only a little better. I am still trying." - H. Beam Piper, "Double: Bill Symposium" interview
Dennis FrankPerson was signed in when posted
13:44 UT
Looks like Piper might have been on the Beam...

Your ancestors might have been Martians
NASA’s most specialized life-hunting laboratory to date is currently hurtling toward the Red Planet, where it will attempt a landing next week. After the crimson dust settles, if all goes according to plan, the Perseverance rover will start rolling along dried-up riverbeds in the first direct attempt yet to address the question driving much of the Martian exploration program: Is there, or was there, life on Mars? Perseverance won’t deliver a clear answer any time soon, but as results trickle
Read in Popular Science: https://apple.news/AEDPWW7omRA2us8anXqoXMA

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