William Tenn’s Final Story

wnyconvenushavewegotarabbiWilliam Tenn (the pseudonym of Philip Klass) was a writer of comic science fiction. He was published extensively in Astounding Science Fiction and Galaxy Science Fiction.

Among his best known stories is “Venus and the Seven Sexes.” 

He was given the Author Emeritus honor by the Science Fiction 220px-fantastic_adventures_195110and Fantasy Writers of America in 1999.

Klass retired from writing in the 1970’s, but he wrote one final story in 1974, “On Venus, Have We Got a Rabbi.”

“The story turned out to be a small monument to Sholem Aleichem, the nineteenth-century writer who was known as the Yiddish Mark Twain,” Klass later mused. “I asked myself what kind of science-fiction story might Sholem Aleichem have written if he were alive today?”

Click here to read or listen to the story.

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1 Comment

  1. Eugene R.

    Nice find! I attended Noreascon Four , the Boston World Science Fiction Convention in 2004, with Mr. Klass as a Guest of Honor. I was fortunate to hear him read this story, and I will enjoy hearing it again.

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