After most of the world's women are dead, adult men start murdering boys. At one point, it is even said, to extent, that the Earth had summoned them to exterminate the human race for causing so much environmental destruction. Some scientists suspect a biological cause for this sexually selective insanity (selected observations of lab animals indicate that the normal male sexual urges are spiraling out of control, resulting in death), but the murderers feel it is a natural instinct and have constr… https://villains.fandom.com/wiki/Aliens_(The_Screwfly_Solution)?oldid=3769763. The main protagonist Anne Alstein tries to save her daughter during the onslaught but loses her to her affected husband Alan. One of the Aliens as described in Alice Sheldon's "The Screwfly Solution". In Alice Sheldon's disturbing 1977 sci-fi short story " The Screwfly Solution ", men all over the world suddenly become misogynistic and murder countless women and girls in the process. "The Screwfly Solution" draws a comparison between humanity and the titular bug, which was all but exterminated in the 1950s through an interruption of its reproductive cycle, and the story's protagonist is a scientist who devises another sort of pesticide that compels male cane-flies to mate with the females' heads rather than the right way around, just as human males are compelled--by a 'pesticide' of extraterrestrial … Many of the scenes in Sam Hamm's script are expansions of single lines in this epistolary story. "The Screwfly Solution" is a quick read, and although knowing the ending doesn’t remotely spoil it, I’m hesitant to spell out too much. Alan, a sensitive, kindly man, realizes that he himself is succumbing and tries to resist the impulses, as well as isolate himself from women. The Doors of His Face, The Lamps of His Mouth, Time Considered as a Helix of Semi-Precious Stones, Sinner, Baker, Fabulist, Priest; Red Mask, Black Mask, Gentleman, Beast, https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=The_Screwfly_Solution&oldid=965984942, Nebula Award for Best Novelette-winning works, Works originally published in Analog Science Fiction and Fact, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike License, This page was last edited on 4 July 2020, at 16:02. The logic of the central premise is carried to its stark conclusion, with no deus ex machina descending to save the good-at-heart humans. 3. It's brought up to a far more disturbing level when men all over the world begin acting in a similar manner. 1. Anne flees north, to Canada, since the disease began in the tropical zones and spread outward. Their role in the Masters of Horror adaptation of the story is relatively the same, although they gain a more detailed appearance. In the woods, Anne comes across the light-like aliens that have been prompting the self-destructive tendencies of the human race. Like the story, among the men in the world infected by the screwflies is a fanatical misogynistic cult known as the Sons of Adam who were mentioned by the scientist Dr. Alan Alstein who also said that they are not behind the epidemic, merely the victims of it. The end of the story implies that they succeed with their goal. The Screwfly Solution. Take your favorite fandoms with you and never miss a beat. She sneaks off to visit her father, and he murders her, killing himself after the horrific realization of his action. The story begins with an exchange of letters and news clippings between Alan, a scientist working on parasite eradication in Colombia, and his wife Anne at home in the U.S., concerning an epidemicof organized murder of women by men. Director Joe Danteread the story in the 1980s and had wanted to make a film version ever since. It is based upon the 1977 science fiction short story of the same name by Alice Sheldon (under the alias Raccoona Sheldon), credited in the film as James Tiptree, Jr. During the onslaught, a new religious movement composed entirely of male Christians called the Sons of Adam is spreading along with the murders, and they believe that women are evil, that the Garden of Eden was a paradise with the first man Adam living alone in a state of innocence and bliss before the birth of the first woman Eve, and that God is telling them to get rid of all of the women. When the religion initially arises, prior to the organized murders, little is done to stop the ideology's spread, nor are their actions of evicting women from the areas the men control prevented. Ultimately, the plot is unraveled to be the work of a bizarre race of energy being Aliens with bodies composed of bright light. The Screwfly Solution tells the story of a world where violence towards women becomes epidemic, and spreads in patterns like an infectious disease. They are successful in their efforts and presumably take over the Earth following the death of humanity. The title refers to the sterile insect technique, a technique of eradicating the population of screwflies by the release of large amounts of sterilized males that would compete with fertile males, thus reducing the native population more with each generation this is done. Alan realizes that the disease causes male sexual impulses to instead become violent impulses. He presented the story as straight horror, eschewing his usua… The story begins with an exchange of letters and news clippings between Alan, a scientist working on parasite eradication in Colombia, and his wife Anne at home in the U.S., concerning an epidemic of organized murder of women by men. He was sweating heavily, stripped to his shorts in the hotbox of what passed for a hotel room in Cuyapán. In the original short story, they were more or less, a typical conquering alien race that met this goal by corrupting the sexual drive of the Earth's human males and channeling it into aggression and murder. When the cult's warped religion initially arises, prior to the organized murders, little is done to stop the spread of their ideology, nor are their actions of evicting women from the areas the men control prevented. by Raccoona Sheldon. It has also been referenced in Mark Danielewski's project, The Familiar vol. It received the Nebula Award for Best Novelette, and has been adapted into a television film. At first this homicidal misogyny seems religious in nature, spread by fundamentalist groups called 'The Sons Of Adam'. In the Masters of Horror adaptation however, there is a peculiar environmental motive given/theorized as the aliens' reason for enacting the extermination of the human race. Alan realizes that the disease causes male sexual impulses to instead become violent impulses. Towards the conclusion of the story, it is revealed that the onslaught was prompted by the arrival of aliens that engaged the same kind of procedure on the human race so they could have the planet. The young man sitting at 2° N, 75° W sent a casually venomous glance up at the nonfunctional shoofly ventiladorand went on reading his letter. The hunters attempt to kill one that effortlessly kills the hunters with a beam attack.
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