Of Men and Monsters

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Of Men and Monsters
First edition
Author William Tenn
Cover artist Stephen Miller[1]
Country United States
Language English
Genre Science Fiction
Publisher Ballantine Books
Publication date
June 1968
Media type Print (Hardcover and Paperback)
Pages 251 pp
OCLC 5086030

Of Men and Monsters is a science fiction novel by William Tenn (a pseudonym Philip Klass used for his sci-fi work). It was first published in June 1968 as a paperback by Ballantine Books.

Tenn wrote many short stories but only two novels, both published in 1968. A Lamp for Medusa was published as a double novel with Dave Van Arnam's The Players of Hell. That novella was an expansion of his story "Medusa Was a Lady!" from the October, 1951 issue of Fantastic Adventures.

Of Men and Monsters is an expansion of his story "The Men in the Walls," originally in Galaxy Science Fiction (October 1963).

The storyline introduces giant, technologically superior aliens who have conquered Earth. Humankind survives and even flourishes in a way. Men and women live like mice in burrows in the massive walls of the huge homes of the aliens, scurrying about under their feet, stealing from them.

A complex social and religious order has evolved, with women preserving knowledge and working as healers, while men serve as warriors and thieves. For the aliens, men and women are just a nuisance, neither civilized nor intelligent, and certainly not a worthy adversary. In fact, they are regarded as vermin, to be exterminated. Which, ironically, may just be humankind's strength and point the way forward.


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