Nobody Bothers Gus

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"Nobody Bothers Gus" is a 1955 science fiction short story by Algis Budrys. It was first published in Astounding Science-Fiction.

There were two sequel stories: "The Peasant Girl" (1956), and "And Then She Found Him" (1957).[1]


Gus Kusevic has astounding mutant powers, but cannot have any effect on the world, because one of his powers is being superhumanly unmemorable.


"Nobody Bothers Gus" was nominated for the 1956 Hugo Award for Best Short Story.[2] The Independent, in Budrys' 2008 obituary, noted that the story "remains intensely readable",[3] while The Times called it "exceptional".[4]


  1. ^ VENTURE SCIENCE FICTION: ANTHOLOGY STORIES (by author), compiled by the Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction; archived at the SF Site; retrieved May 17, 2018
  2. ^ 1956 Hugo Awards, at; retrieved May 17, 2018
  3. ^ Algis Budrys: Science-fiction writer and editor, by John Clute; published June 13, 2008; retrieved May 17, 2018
  4. ^ Algis Budrys: Lithuanian born American science fiction writer, in The Times; published July 7, 2008; retrieved May 17, 2018