Peter Watts`s short story The Things, inspired by John Carpenter`s film The Thing, presents an existential nightmare via the perspective of an interstellar traveller, “a soldier at war with entropy”, stranded on an alien plant, amidst hostile beings incapable of understanding the significance of the traveller`s mission. The beings the traveller encounters are tragically unable to comprehend their isolation and fragility, and lash out against the traveller, frightened of relinquishing “the paradox of their biology”. The Things also appears online in Issue #40 of the Hugo Award-winning science fiction & fantasy magazine Clarkesworld.
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