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]

Synopsis[edit]

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

Reception[edit]

"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]

References[edit]

  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 TheHugoAwards.org; 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