1953: ‘The Model Of A Judge’ by William Morrison

July 17, 2008

Hertzsprung-Russell rating: B/A1

Available in: The Third Galaxy Reader


A highly intelligent alien is captured (couldn’t be that intelligent, if they caught him), tortured, brainwashed, and imprisoned on Earth where his superior mind is used to judge a cake-baking contest. Insidious, to be sure. If, however, such initial brutality could guarantee the moistness of all future Earth desserts, I believe we’d have no choice but to support it.

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