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Here is a reference with a twist. I'm not 100% sure where it's from. I think it might be a Simak or Bradbury radio play, possibly X Minus One. It's a common enough story (anybody remember the fun one in Isaac's Magazine about the metal cubes from Titan that evolve and are mail-order toys for kids with a chilling "Questions to ask" list at the end?).

So - how many 'Fungus take over people' stories can people come up with? Pods, or other things that replace the physical body, a la Invasion of the Body Snatchers, don't count. Mind control mushrooms, a 50's staple for awhile.

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  • Though it's been a while since I've seen it.
  • I can't recall the exact quote. It wasn't a Future History story, it was probably Space Cadet or one of those (maybe Podkayne?). It was obviously before the first Venus probes, when lots of scifi authors thought Venus might be a gigantic swamp.

    "The first Venus expeditions proved terribly fatal. Can you imagine a fungus--athlete's foot, mold, dryrot--but moving at several feet per second? The first two expeditions didn't stand a chance. The third survived only through the creative amputations performed by the ship's doctor."


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