Good morning everyone,
Today’s post is a tribute to Robert F. Young, a science-fiction writer who was active from the 1950s until his death in the mid-1980s. He was born in Silver Creek, New York, and spent the majority of his life in that state. It doesn’t appear that Young traveled much during his life, beyond serving for a few years in the Pacific Theater during World War II. He never achieved widespread recognition, but published a number of short stories, as well as five novels. While producing sci-fi he made a living working as a janitor in the Buffalo public school system.
He worked an average job and created fantastical content, to include size-focused stories, on the side. It feels safe to state that in that aspect, he resembles most contemporary size-fiction creators. Well, I can’t speak for anyone else, but his situation rings true to my own experience. Perhaps others sit on their yachts soaking up the midday sun and eating Kobe beef burgers wrapped in gold leaf while they draft tales of giants and tiny people frolicking together! 😉
Note that in the introduction Young was most identified with the theme of giantesses. Several of Young’s stories focus either on giantesses or giantess-adjacent topics. For instance, “Goddess in Granite,” first published in September 1957, is about a writer on a far-away planet who climbs tall mountains carved into the shape of an immense woman. (NOTE: The topmost picture was taken from Goddess in Granite.)
During the ascent, the writer reminisces about his romantic failures and his strained relationship with his mother.
“In What Cavern of the Deep,” from October 1964, tells the bittersweet story of a young wife who unexpectedly begins to grow, steadily increasing in size day after day. It’s a romantic tale with a touch of remorse, but it ends on a hopeful note. (NOTE: Interested readers can click here to find it archived at Giantess World.)
“The Giantess,” published in July 1973, chronicles the adventures of a hunter tracking down the titular giant woman. It was published in The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction’s July 1973 issue. Of note, an earlier version was entitled “The Ogress,” and reportedly includes cannibalistic or vore themes. It was published by Playboy Press in a sci-fi anthology called “The Future Is Now.”
Please note the use of the word “reportedly” in the above paragraph. I ordered a hard copy in mid-December last year and it still hasn’t arrived. Not that I’m bitter or anything 😉
(UPDATE: My copy of The Future Is Now finally arrived in early March! The introduction to The Ogress provided a bit more biographical information. Per that introduction, Young was pouring metal in a factory when he sold his first story. He also recounted several other blue collar jobs that he once worked. Furthermore, Young noted that he liked “… opera, cold weather, trees and roast beef on kümmelweck.” Apparently, beef on kümmelweck, a.k.a. beef on weck, is a popular sandwich in western New York state, particularly in Buffalo. Of interest, while The Giantess and The Ogress both feature hunters tracking giant women, they are best described as two different stories.)
Warning to those who wish to avoid bloodshed in their reading, The Giantess does end with an act of graphic violence. (NOTE: It can also be found at Giantess World.)
Even in short stories not ostensibly about super-humanly tall women, the theme would still creep in. Such as in this following paragraph taken from “Thirty Days Had September.” For context, it’s about a man, Danby, who buys an android teacher for his son Billy. However, Danby’s wife Laura wasn’t happy about the purchase.
“Danby didn’t bother to get up. It wouldn’t have done any good. He could see
Laura well enough, anyway, from where he was sitting. Laura standing in the
living-room doorway in her new Cadillette pajamas and her bare feet that had made
no sound in their surreptitious descent of the stairs. The two-dimensional cars that
comprised the pajama pattern stood out in vermilion vividness and it was as though
she was lying down and letting them run rampant over her body, letting them defile
her breasts and her belly and her legs …“
It was unfortunate that Young was born a little too soon. If he had been born a few decades later then he might have garnered a much larger audience. Imagine Young sharing his stories on DeviantArt or via a blog, writing extended series for Giantess Club or Giantess Fan, wowing crowds at Size Con, etc. Maybe his efforts could have reached into the mainstream and further popularized size-oriented fiction.
As it is though, Young’s work is recommended and well-worth seeking out. Some of them are freely available online, as already listed above. Others can be found for cheap either in hard copy or in digital collections.
In addition to the already mentioned giantess-themed stories I also heartily suggest that folks peruse “The Dandelion Girl” and “40-26-38.” The Dandelion Girl deals with romance and time-travel. 40-26-38 deals with top-heavy model Miss Cunningham who encounters a photographer from the 26th century, 2562 to be specific. Not for nothing, but the visitor from the future also has in his possession a fifty dollar bill with Yogi Berra’s face on it! I, for one, would be completely onboard with putting Yogi Berra’s mug onto our money. Like the old sage once said “When you come to a fork in the road, take it.” As for Miss Cunningham, the future isn’t quite what she expected, but I’ll leave it up to you to find out why.
That’s it for today folks. Next week’s reviews will kick off with a modern sci-fi novel called “Growth” by Jon Pulli. Until then, keep growing!
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