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ISBN : 29479676
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Number of Pages : 173 Pages
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volpla Reviews

  • Steve
    2019-02-19 18:30

    This is not really a review of an electronic version of this story but rather of the original printed story in the May, 1956 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction. This review is excerpted from my review of that issue.Wyman Guin is my choice for one of the two most unjustly forgotten science fiction authors of the 1950's. (The other is T. L. Sherred.) I first read "Volpla" as an adolescent and liked it very much. Now I realize how loony the basic premise is but I still think that it's a fine story. A scientist, living with his wife, son, and daughter on an isolated ranch, creates a new species. He started with rats and has now produced a race of winged humanoids, very intelligent and capable of speech. (He uses his "metabolic accelerator" to bring on their extremely rapid development. Evidently the accelerator is just something he has around the house.) He names them volplas.The scientist is planning a joke on the world. He tells the volplas that they came to Earth from Venus before there were any humans in what is now North America. He has made up a language for the volplas to use. Volpla wisdom would become a cult - and of all forms of comedy, cults, I think, are the funniest.The story never explains the name "volpla," which the scientist plans on saying is their name for their species in their "native language." I believe it is just a back-formation from the word "volplane," an unpowered dive, from the French "vol plané," meaning "glided flight."