Planet of Shame Bruce Elliott (Amazing Stories May-June 1961)
“Planet of Shame” by Bruce Elliot. “Thou shall not covet your neighbor’s wife…or even your own!” 1000 years ago, 30 men and 30 women were exiled from Earth to populate a recently discovered planet. In the ensuing years, the original groups’ strict puritan beliefs (especially pertaining to sex) had become so overbearing, so warped in their nature, that the sexual practices of the culture (or the lack thereof!) literally threatened the planet’s populace with extinction. The turning point came one night when a young man on a drunken bender (ordered by his own doctor no less!) began to question the logic of always living in such a loathsome and shameful state of mind. With the help and encouragement from his new friends, John Comstock decides he really is willing to start a revolution of new ideas…and the public kissing of a young woman in the plaza was only the beginning of his rebellion!
Asylum Earth Bruce Elliott (STARTLING Stories October 1952)
Bruce Walter Gardner Lively Stacy Elliott (May 30, 1914 – March 21, 1973) was an American writer of mystery fiction, science fiction, and television scripts. He was also a magician who wrote several books on magic. Eliott co-founded the magicians’ magazine Phoenix with Walter B. Gibson, as assistant editor, later editor.
Elliott’s 15 stories in The Shadow magazine between 1946 and 1948, are held in low regard by Shadow fans because of Elliott’s atypical handling of the character, best exemplified by the three stories in which the Shadow does not appear in his costumed identity.
Elliott contributed material to The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, including the acclaimed reverse-werewolf story “Wolves Don’t Cry” (1954) and a comic fantasy about Satan, “The Devil Was Sick”.
In November 1972, Elliott was hit by a taxi, lapsed into a coma, and died four months later.
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