Farewell to the Master by Harry Bates* Historical background
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The famous 1940 short story by Harry Bates that inspired the two movies The Day the Earth Stood Still. The humanoid alien Klaatu and the giant robot Gnut suddenly materialize in Washington, D.C., in a time-travel space ship. Two unfathomable beings from somewhere else in the universe. The murder of Klaatu ruins Earth’s attempt to peacefully welcome the first interstellar visitors. And one man tries to solve the mystery of why Gnut remains silent, imperious, and unassailable.
Farewell to the Master
First published in the splendid October issue of Astounding Science Fiction , this extremely ambitious page novella became the basis of one of the most highly-regarded science-fiction films of its time and even all time, the quite wonderful "The Day the Earth Stood Still" , remade in by Scott Derrickson with Keanu Reeves - the title under which this thoughtful, well-paced and very ambitious story has been known ever since. We have included here the several original - and most worthwhile - Astounding illustrations by Kramer.
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