“Year of the Big Thaw” is a 1954 science fiction short story by Marion Zimmer Bradley. It is about a man from a rural U.S. town who tells the story of how he found his adopted son.
Mr. Emmett is one of those rural farmers who often gets made fun of for the way he talks. Nobody makes fun of him in this story (other than me), but perhaps they should have! Anyway, this story is a conversation between Mr. Emmett and Reverend Doane. In it Mr. Emmett tells the good reverend about how many years ago his little family witnessed a spaceship crash on their property. He left his wife and young daughter at home and went to investigate himself… something that I think is both smart and safe! 😉 Anyway, he finds a bunch of dead and dying aliens, one of which has a special request for him. I’ll bet you can’t guess what it is!
My Two Cents
- Story: – The story idea was kind of average, and a little bit reminiscent of a certain DC superhero. Not bad, but nothing spectacular either.
- Writing: – Ms. Bradley is a good writer, but the dialogue of the main character about drove me crazy! A little too red-neckish for me, and a bit hard to understand sometimes.
- Fun Factor: – Once again just an average score. Why? Well, because I’ve seen this type of story before, so nothing new and exciting here.
Where To Get Year of the Big Thaw
- You can read this story for free at the wonderful Project Gutenberg.
- It is also included in the collection The Science Fiction Megapack: 25 Classic Science Fiction Stories.