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Thy Name Is Woman by Bryce Walton

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“Thy Name Is Woman” is a 1953 science fiction novelette by Bryce Walton. It is about a man who travels to Mars to find out why all of Earth’s women moved there.

A Dream Come True!

A planet of all women? Sign me up for the next flight baby! Isn’t that every man’s dream? Maybe, but maybe not – especially if the trip would kill him.

Non-spoiler Summary in a Nutshell

Bowren has been given a very special assignment by the men of Earth – to infiltrate a spaceship returning to Mars. Doesn’t sound too tough does it? One small problem though… men are physiologically incapable of space travel. And since this demoralizing discovery many years ago, the women of Earth have taken charge of all space exploration. They apparently like it so much that all of them have moved to Mars – and that is where Bowren comes in. He is going to test a new hypo that will (hopefully) allow him to make the trip to the Red Planet, and once there he is to discover the alluring secret of the women’s new society. But will he like what he finds? I’m betting he doesn’t.

Interesting Tidbits About This Story:

  • Page Count: 14
  • Word Count: 7,879
  • I had a difficult time finding biographical information about Bryce Walton – anybody out there know anything about him?

Where You Can Find Thy Name Is Woman:

  • This story was originally published in the March 1953 issue of IF Worlds of Science Fiction under the pen name Kenneth O’Hara.
  • You can read (or download) a free version of “Thy Name Is Woman” at Project Gutenberg.

If you liked this story then you may also be interested in The Menace from Earth by Robert Heinlein – about a 15 year old girl who lives on the Moon and gets jealous when her partner acts as a tour guide for a beautiful Earth woman.

4 thoughts to “Thy Name Is Woman by Bryce Walton”

  1. Elusive author. SSDI says last address of Bryce M. Walton (1918-1988) was Van Nuys, Los Angeles, CA.

    L.A. Times archives does not seem to have an obituary.

  2. Paul, Wow! Thanks for that information. That was much better than anything I was able to find! For a man who wrote over 1,000 short stories I find it strange that there is so little information about him.

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