Science Fiction Short Story Review: "The Last Supper" by H. D. Hamm
Guldrun was disobeying orders, but the prize! He saw a woman, perhaps the last woman on earth, running away with her child. What a feather in his cap it would be for him, an anthropologist, to bring the two of them back. Forget the orders against anyone trying to capture someone individually. Any small craft not back an hour before take-off would be presumed lost.
Besides, it wasn’t like she was an armed enemy, just a woman fleeing with a child in her arms. How could he get her attention, her trust? There must be some memory of word after all these years.
“Food!” he calls.
This is a very short tale, a “gotcha” that neither Guldrun nor the reader sees coming. While I can’t say it’s fun, it is effective.
Title: “The Last Supper” first published in If Sept. 1952
Author: T. D. Hamm (legal name: Thelma Hamm Evans) (1905-1994)
Last review: “Medusa Coil” by H.P. Lovecraft and Zealia Bishop
Last science fiction review: “The Passenger” by Kenneth Harmon
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