old s.f. story about people who let their brains run free, and kept their bodies in a shed?

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is it ray bradbury? i only vaguely recall this - somehow people had gotten to the point where they considered their bodies a hindrance and kept them in cold storage while their minds floated around somehow. the plot involved a threat to the bodies that they had to somehow deal with..??

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 16:22 (twelve years ago) link

There as a Star Trek Original Series episode which had disembodied minds, "The Gamester's of Triskelion". But I'[m sure that's not what you're asking.


Chelvis, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 16:49 (twelve years ago) link


Jordan, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 17:19 (twelve years ago) link


Jordan, Wednesday, 23 April 2008 17:58 (twelve years ago) link

Monsieur Mallah and The Brain! It was especially good when they were in Grant Morrison's Doom Patrol, reimagined as (somewhat thwarted) lovers.

James Morrison, Thursday, 24 April 2008 00:03 (twelve years ago) link

the body-insane bradbury i remember is the one where this guy gets his skeleton removed surgically

it ends with him lying in an immobile puddle staring at the ceiling, blissfully happy

mark s, Thursday, 24 April 2008 14:09 (twelve years ago) link

I've never read 'The Red Brain'. I think I might have read a very brief send-up of it Robert Sheckley's 'Zirn Left Unguarded the Jenghik Palace in Flame Jon Westerley Dead', which runs something like "The fate of the universe depended on the red brain — but the red brain was insane! Aha! Ahaha!"

thomp, Friday, 25 April 2008 16:58 (twelve years ago) link

no you read no send-up

"zirn left unguarded" is also awesome but it is a different story

(actually in a VERY TRUE AND REAL sense it is the same story)

mark s, Friday, 25 April 2008 22:21 (twelve years ago) link


mark s, Friday, 25 April 2008 22:21 (twelve years ago) link

Robert Sheckley

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 28 April 2008 19:01 (twelve years ago) link

Perhaps tonight the question raised on this thread will finally be answered.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Monday, 28 April 2008 19:04 (twelve years ago) link

i have now realised that 'the red brain' and 'jirn left unguarded etc etc' are both in this anthology, perhaps even adjacent in it:


and somehow i'd lumped them into one story. hm.

thomp, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

man the frank belknap long story i was going to quote from on that thread was INTENSE

thomp, Monday, 28 April 2008 20:18 (twelve years ago) link

this is gonna be good, people!!

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 29 April 2008 12:30 (twelve years ago) link

well i still have no idea what the story is that i was thinkin of

Tracer Hand, Thursday, 1 May 2008 15:26 (twelve years ago) link

it's not vonnegut, is it?

thomp, Friday, 2 May 2008 11:18 (twelve years ago) link

actually i think it's next to vonnegut in an anthology i have � harvey jacobs?

here is a lovely drawing by mervyn peake:


sadly, it is illustrating 'a boy and his dog'.

thomp, Friday, 2 May 2008 11:31 (twelve years ago) link

mark wanted to talk about "a boy and his dog" earlier in the series but i think he never did

Tracer Hand, Friday, 2 May 2008 11:35 (twelve years ago) link

no wait again — it is vonnegut! 'unready to wear'

thomp, Friday, 2 May 2008 11:38 (twelve years ago) link

Cool picture. Probably best to steer clear of that story- the notoriously litigious author might have shut your podcast down.

James Redd and the Blecchs, Friday, 2 May 2008 12:59 (twelve years ago) link

YES it is unready to wear! thank you thomp!!

Tracer Hand, Friday, 2 May 2008 13:43 (twelve years ago) link

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