Re: RARA-AVIS: RE: Comprehensive Surveillance

From: Pierre-Paul Durastanti (
Date: 26 Jul 2004

Bill C.:

["Private Eye"]
> Is that the Kuttner story that begins, "The doorknob opened a blue eye and
> looked at him"? Great stuff.

Nope, that's from "The Fairy Chessmen" (ASTOUNDING, Jan. & Feb. 1946)/CHESSBOARD PLANET/THE FAR REALITY, sometimes credited to Lewis Padgett or Kuttner & Moore. Great stuff all the same. Best first sentence in an SF book ever, IMO.

"Private Eye" (ASTOUNDING, January 1949) has been anthologized often, and is in the Kuttner collection LINE TO TOMORROW AND OTHER STORIES.

-- Pierre-Paul

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