"Humans, Go Home!"
Short Fiction 1969 17,100 words
  • Some sources state that this story forms the basis for the novel The Darkness on Diamondia" (1972). Although there are some topical similarities regarding colonialism, the two remain completely separate works.

  • Gaughan's illustrations for van Vogt's story include a very interesting two-page spread featuring important background details. This very helpful information was not included in subsequent appearances of the story, yet does a great deal to explain some of the more cryptic aspects of the story, particularly humanity's use of special "Symbols."

  • In reprints, this story's title sometimes appears without the exclamation mark at the end.

Included In
The Gryb 1976
More Than Superhuman 1971
English
Galaxy magazine
1969 September Galaxy Publishing
digest Vol 29, No 1 164 pages $0.60

cover art by
Donald H. Menzel

Back Cover

Martians & Venusians (p. 1-2)

Martians & Venusians (p. 3)

First appearance

Donald Menzel's wraparound cover for this issue of Galaxy (entitled "Menzel's Martians") was done in honor of the Mariner VI & VII missions, and is accompanied by his delightful little article "Martians and Venusians" which describes these fanciful creatures.

Gaughan's illustrations include a very interesting two-page spread featuring important background details. This very helpful information was not included in subsequent appearances of the story, yet does a great deal to explain some of the more cryptic aspects of the story, particularly humanity's use of special "Symbols."

6 illustrations by
Jack Gaughan

Cover & other images: Walwyn
Illustration images: Walwyn
Data: Walwyn