Herein we will discuss/comment on:

The Red One by Jack London.

Prompts for discussion:

This time around I'm a bit challenged to come up with interesting prompts. The Wikipedia page mentions a possible influence by Carl Jung on the story. Anyone more familiar with Jung want to shed some light on that?

This story is also pretty notable for the time it was written; it's a fair bit older than probably every other piece of material we've encountered in the club and predates a lot of sci-fi tropes. We have a hint of an alien encounter which seems a good deal ahead of its time.

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Bassett never got to report his discovery back to "civilization" so we don't know what London thought about what people in his day might actually do about such a discovery.

But what might our reaction be today? What kind of response might we have? Especially since no one saw the thing crash and we don't know how long it has been here, would we have any chance of determining where it came from if it doesn't have a note pinned to it's shirt?

posted by zebra2: 9 days ago