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Author Eric Frank Russell
Language English
Genre(s) Science fiction
Published in Astounding Science Fiction
Publication type magazine
Publication date May 1955

"Allamagoosa" is a science fiction short story by English author Eric Frank Russell, originally published in the May 1955 issue of Astounding Science Fiction and collected in The Best Of Eric Frank Russell (1978) and Major Ingredients: The Selected Short Stories of Eric Frank Russell (2000).[1]

Plot summary[edit]

While preparing for an inspection, the crew of the starship Bustler reread their manifest and discover that they are supposed to have something called an "offog"; however, nobody knows what that is. They devise a plan to pass the inspection anyway, but the plan backfires.


"Allamagoosa" won the 1955 Hugo Award for Best Short Story .[2]

John Joseph Adams has called it "uproariously funny"[3]

James Nicoll has commented that it is "apparently based on an urban legend".[4]


  1. ^ ISFDB entry
  2. ^ Locus Index to SF Awards
  3. ^ Locus Listens to Audio: Reviews by John Joseph Adams, at Locus Online; published July 23, 2004; retrieved September 7, 2017
  4. ^ One of the gentler voices of the Golden Age: The Best of Eric Frank Russell — Eric Frank Russell, reviewed by James Nicoll, at James Nicoll Reviews; published November 9, 2014; retrieved September 7, 2017

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