Mutant – Henry Kuttner, Mayflower Dell 1962
I’ve been picking up everything I can find by Henry Kuttner just recently after stumbling across a two volume collection of his short stories from 1966. There seems to have been quite a few Kuttner titles published by Mayflower Dell at around the same time, all with fabulously abstract covers by Jacks. This is an earlier collection of shorts which appeared in the forties and fifties but is assembled here as a novel. The book concerns itself with a race of mutants or ‘baldies’ and contains the following line on the rear cover;
So the baldies disguised themselves with wigs and waited for the day when there would be enough of them to stop their persecution by normal men!
Being a proud baldie myself, I had to grab this one – how could I let it pass? I look forward to finding out how the titular egg-headed mutants get on against their hirsute persecutors.