It is said that life crawled up from the slime of the sea-bottoms and became ‘Human’ because of some inherent greatness that was bred into us before the dawn of time.

But perhaps this urge was not as formless as we might have first thought…

Written by Henry Slesar 
Performed by David AultLucas WebleyAlwaysslightlysleepy
Edited and Produced by Peter Beeston
Sound Effects via:

Music Tracks (licensed & paid for via Jamendo)
1. Francesco – Esprit De L’arbre 2

For this experimental production I had three different people read out the same short story in its entirety. I then edited/mixed these voices together, to create this unique multicast recording.

Within this recording, you can hear each of the three performers and their own interpretation of the story (which you can also hear them reading individually below) It’s a useful way to see how the main edit was created, and how three different people can all bring a brilliant & different take to the exact same tale.

David Ault reads the story here: Reluctant Genius- Read by David Ault
Lucas Webley reads the story here: Reluctant Genius – Read by Lucas Webley
and lastly, Alwaysslightlysleepy reads the story here: Reluctant Genius – Read by Alwaysslightlysleepy

YouTube Version

Please note: This work was originally written for the January 1957 edition of ‘Amazing Stories’ magazine. Copyright on this publication was not renewed, and it is now in the public domain.

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