A Gun for Dinosaur

L. Sprague de Camp
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A Gun for Dinosaur


This is a little morality tale about a selfish, arrogant, nasty man getting what he deserves.

Back in the day, this was no doubt a great adventure story for boys, but in the 60+ years since its publication, it has been hit hard by the Suck Fairy: cringeworthy sexism and racism, and the whole "Shooting Big Animals Demonstrates How Powerful And Worthy A Man Is" ego trip which has been responsible for the extermination or endangerment of many species.

There is some excellent descriptive language to set the scene and atmosphere, but apart from that, there is not much left here to recommend this story.