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Harry Harrison's short story The Streets of Ashkelon
has appeared in more than 30 anthologies and in a dozen or so languages:
it is probably the author's most widely published story. It is a story
which was almost never written, and even after it was written, it seemed
it might never be published.
Harrison had had the idea for the story for some time,
but never wrote it because he knew there was no market for such a tale.
But then he learned that Judith Merrill was putting together an anthology
of original stories, all of which would break one of the taboos which had
constrained authors writing for the genre magazines of the time (this
being the late 1950s, early 60s). The anthology was never published,
so Harrison tried to place the story elsewhere, but without success:
it remained unpublished for over a year, until Brian Aldiss accepted it
for his anthology More Penguin Science Fiction.
What was so terrible that no one wanted to publish
the story? The hero was an atheist who tried to protect the inhabitants
of an alien world from the influence of a Christian missionary. The
story was regarded as being too offensive for a Christian readership.
Harry Harrison is a self-confessed atheist with no
sympathy for such attitudes: The Streets of Ashkelon is an angry, and
disturbing, story intended to make the reader question assumptions
about religious belief.
By Paul Tomlinson, July 1999