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** In "Subcommittee," all humanity is stumped by the mystery of why the aliens demand complete access to all the world's oceans. [[spoiler: The story's human heroine inadvertently discovers that the aliens are dying out: they are down to their last infant because their reproductive cycle requires saltwater.]]

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** In "Subcommittee," all humanity is stumped by the mystery of why the aliens alien invaders, now in negotiations for peace, demand complete access to all the world's oceans.oceans. Only when they're asked to confirm that, they say no, it's not the oceans. Both sides are getting frustrated. [[spoiler: The story's human heroine inadvertently discovers that the aliens are dying out: they are down to their last infant because their reproductive cycle requires saltwater.]]



* ChildHater: Characters who dislikes children quickly regret their opinion. Sometimes their punishment is out of all proportion, as in "The Last Step," where [[spoiler:a teacher who scoffs at a child's "game" finds herself left behind when the planet is evacuated during an alien invasion, as a direct consequence of her scoffing]] or "Come On, Wagon!" where [[spoiler:the narrator's father is killed due to the narrator's dislike of his nephew, as the nephew's telekinetic power is the only thing that could have saved him.]] This is just for ''disliking'' children, mind; anyone who actually ''harms'' one won't even be given a chance for regret.

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* ChildHater: Characters who dislikes children quickly regret their opinion. Sometimes their punishment is out of all proportion, as in "The Last Step," where [[spoiler:a teacher who scoffs at a child's "game" finds herself left behind when the planet is evacuated during an alien invasion, as a direct consequence of her scoffing]] or "Come On, Wagon!" where [[spoiler:the narrator's father is killed due to the narrator's dislike of his nephew, as the nephew's telekinetic power is the only thing that could have saved him.]] This is just for ''disliking'' children, mind; anyone who actually ''harms'' one won't even be given a chance for regret. (A surprising number of Henderson's stories start with the declaration "I don't like children" and are narrated by adults suspicious of children's innocence that puts them in touch with powers and dimensions adults can't access.)


The People stories were adapted into the 1972 MadeForTVMovie ''The People,'' featuring Creator/WilliamShatner and based primarily on the short story "Pottage." It's long been suspected that Disney's ''[[Film/EscapeToWitchMountain Witch]] [[Film/ReturnFromWitchMountain Mountain]]'' films may be SerialNumbersFiledOff adaptations of Henderson's "People" stories, but this has never been confirmed, although many people who like the films often fall in love with the stories.

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The People stories were adapted into the 1972 MadeForTVMovie ''The People,'' featuring Creator/WilliamShatner and based primarily on the short story "Pottage." [[http://www.ldsfilm.com/movies/EscapeToWitchMountain.html It's long been suspected suspected]] that Disney's Alexander Key's ''Escape to Witch Mountain'', which came out about the same time as ''The People: No Different Flesh'' and was subsequently adapted by Disney into the ''[[Film/EscapeToWitchMountain Witch]] [[Film/ReturnFromWitchMountain Mountain]]'' films films, may be a SerialNumbersFiledOff adaptations adaptation of Henderson's "People" stories, but this at best Alexander Key can be said to be inspired by Henderson, not ripping off her ideas. Her influence on him has never been confirmed, although many people who like the films ''Witch Mountain'' often fall in love with the People stories.


* MundaneUtility: Under ordinary circumstances, this is how the People use their powers. There's a very strong belief that their gifts were given to them for the purpose of spreading joy, and that it's actually celebrating the Power to find ways to use their powers for fun.

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* MundaneUtility: Under ordinary circumstances, this is how the People use their powers. There's a very strong belief that their gifts were given to them for the purpose of spreading joy, and that it's actually celebrating the Power to find ways Presence to use their powers abilities for fun.


* CutLexLutherACheck: Occasional outsiders will often suggest to the People that they use their powers for financial gain. The usual logic is that they're private people who just want to live modest, quiet lives in their own communities. An Outsider doctor does make a pretty convincing case about all the lives they could save if they could apply their PsychicSurgery powers to create a community of surgeons.

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* CutLexLutherACheck: CutLexLuthorACheck: Occasional outsiders will often suggest to the People that they use their powers for financial gain. The usual logic is that they're private people who just want to live modest, quiet lives in their own communities. An Outsider doctor does make a pretty convincing case about all the lives they could save if they could apply their PsychicSurgery powers to create a community of surgeons.

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* CutLexLutherACheck: Occasional outsiders will often suggest to the People that they use their powers for financial gain. The usual logic is that they're private people who just want to live modest, quiet lives in their own communities. An Outsider doctor does make a pretty convincing case about all the lives they could save if they could apply their PsychicSurgery powers to create a community of surgeons.


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* MundaneUtility: Under ordinary circumstances, this is how the People use their powers. There's a very strong belief that their gifts were given to them for the purpose of spreading joy, and that it's actually celebrating the Power to find ways to use their powers for fun.


* BizarreAlienBiology:
** The Coveti accept a gift of ordinary water from the human astronauts. It impacts their alien biology like a drug, and several of them drink too much and drop dead.
** In "Subcommittee," all humanity is stumped by the mystery of why the aliens demand complete access to all the world's oceans. [[spoiler: The story's human heroine inadvertently discovers that the aliens are dying out: they are down to their last infant because their reproductive cycle requires saltwater.]]
* CameBackWrong: IllBoy Dubby is said to have come close to death one too many times as a very young child, and now seems to have strange powers and uncanny perception (even though Dubby himself is ordinary and not at all sinister).



** Meanwhile, in "The Coveti," human astronauts are completely unaware that the carbon monoxide they breathe out is poisonous to the native alien species and inadvertently kill and blind several of them while seeking to establish friendly contact.

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** Meanwhile, in "The Coveti," human astronauts are completely unaware that the carbon monoxide they breathe out exhale is poisonous to the native alien species and inadvertently kill and blind several of them while seeking to establish friendly contact.



* Really700YearsOld: Aunt Daid in "Walking Aunt Daid" appears to be an impossibly elderly woman...and it turns out she's ''even older.''

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* Really700YearsOld: Aunt Daid in "Walking Aunt Daid" appears to be an impossibly elderly woman...and it turns out she's ''even older.'''' Meanwhile, Mr. and Mrs. Klevity in "Something Bright" look like a kindly older couple but turn out to be from a race of practically ageless creatures from another dimension [[spoiler:and end up subverting the trope again when it turns out that even as old as they are, [[YoungerThanTheyLook they're considered youngsters among their own people.]]]]



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Splinter's imaginary friend Doobie in "Subcommittee."

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Splinter's imaginary friend Doobie in "Subcommittee.""Subcommittee" and the [[ImaginaryEnemy terrifying make-believe invention]] in "Hush!"


* CrystalDragonJesus: The People don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power": it simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply revere and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The People don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power": Presence": it simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply revere and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.


** The sleek, needlelike warships in "Committee," which are so black that to look at them is like going blind.

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** The sleek, needlelike warships in "Committee," "Subcommittee," which are so black that to look at them is like going blind.



* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Splinter's imaginary friend Doobie in "Committee."

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Splinter's imaginary friend Doobie in "Committee."Subcommittee."


'''Zenna Chlarson Henderson''' (November 1, 1917 May 11, 1983) was a Hugo-nominated American science fiction and fantasy author celebrated as an early pioneer of female writers in the golden age of science fiction, publishing her first story in 1926 and the majority of her work in the 1950s and 1960s. She is best-known for her short stories of "The People": a refugee race of gentle, humanoid aliens who barely manage to escape their doomed planet and crash-land on Earth, where some of their numbers are scattered and lost. A number of her stories involve one of the lost People eventually being discovered by a larger group and their joyous reunion. The People possess various PsychicPowers such as {{Flight}}, HealingHands, PsychicSurgery, and a degree of GeneticMemory that can be [[RacialRemnant passed down to their offspring]] to remember the Home, their beautiful planet of origin.

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'''Zenna Chlarson Henderson''' (November 1, 1917 May 11, 1983) was a Hugo-nominated American science author of speculative fiction and fantasy author celebrated as an early pioneer of female writers in the golden age of science fiction, sci-fi, publishing her first story in 1926 and the majority of her work in the 1950s and 1960s. She is best-known for her short stories of "The People": a refugee race of gentle, humanoid aliens who barely manage to escape their doomed planet and crash-land on Earth, where some of their numbers are scattered and lost. A number of her stories involve one of the lost People eventually being discovered by a larger group and their joyous reunion. The People possess various PsychicPowers such as {{Flight}}, HealingHands, PsychicSurgery, and a degree of GeneticMemory that can be [[RacialRemnant passed down to their offspring]] to remember the Home, their beautiful planet of origin.

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[[caption-width-right:250:"Sometimes it's best to take the hand of a child--a Seeing child--and let them do the leading."]]


* FromTheMouthOfBabes: A lot of conflict in many stories could be resolved if only adults had understood exactly what the children were telling them.

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* FromTheMouthOfBabes: FromTheMouthsOfBabes: A lot of conflict in many stories could be resolved if only adults had understood exactly what the children were telling them.


* BecauseYouWereNiceToMe: Occurs a great deal in human/alien encounters, exemplified with "Food For All Flesh," [[spoiler: in which an alien discovers the only Earth food her newborns can consume is human flesh. Out of gratitude, the alien spares her human rescuer and instead takes her children elsewhere.]]
* ChildHater: Characters who dislikes children quickly regret their opinion. Sometimes their punishment is out of all proportion, as in "The Last Step," where [[spoiler:a teacher who scoffs at a child's "game" finds herself left behind when the planet is evacuated during an alien invasion, as a direct consequence of her scoffing]] or "Come On, Wagon!" where [[spoiler:the narrator's father is killed due to the narrator's dislike of his nephew, as the nephew's telekinetic power is the only thing that could have saved him.]] This is just for ''disliking'' children, mind; anyone who actually ''harms'' one won't even be given a chance for regret.



* CrystalDragonJesus: The People don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power": it simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply revere and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to some of their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The People don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power": it simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply revere and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to some of their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.



* EldritchStarship: The sleek, needlelike warships in "Committee," which are so black that to look at them is like going blind.

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* EldritchStarship: EldritchStarship:
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The sleek, needlelike warships in "Committee," which are so black that to look at them is like going blind. blind.
** The invading insectile alien species in "The Last Step."
* FromTheMouthOfBabes: A lot of conflict in many stories could be resolved if only adults had understood exactly what the children were telling them.


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* TheMasquerade: Played from both sides, what with aliens maintaining secrecy among humans and humans who find themselves attempting to shelter and protect the strange creature they've stumbled over.
** The People largely maintain a Masquerade, but they're pretty liberal about breaking it when necessary, relying on a combination of gratitude and [[CassandraTruth "no one will ever believe you."]]


Many of her stories, in particular the People stories, are notable for their [[CrystalDragonJesus overtly spiritual themes]]. Henderson herself was raised [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]] but fell away from the church after a divorce. Under normal circumstances, her religion wouldn't bear mentioning, but you really can't ''not'' notice the the allusions, with many stories including or titled after Biblical quotes. Fortunately, the stories stand beautifully on their own and Henderson's notion of spirituality is one of inclusion, welcome, and homecoming.

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Many of her stories, in particular the People stories, are notable for their [[CrystalDragonJesus overtly spiritual themes]]. Henderson herself was raised [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]] but fell away from the church after a divorce. Under normal circumstances, her religion wouldn't bear mentioning, but you really can't ''not'' notice the the allusions, with many stories including or titled after Biblical quotes. Fortunately, the stories stand beautifully on their own and Henderson's notion of spirituality is one of inclusion, welcome, and homecoming.


Many of her stories, in particular the People stories, are notable for their [[CrystalDragonJesus overtly spiritual themes]]. Henderson herself was raised [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]] but fell away from the church after a divorce. Under normal circumstances, her religion wouldn't bear mentioning, but you really can't ''not'' notice the religious themes. Fortunately, the stories stand beautifully on their own and Henderson's notion of spirituality is one of inclusion, welcome, and homecoming.

It's long been suspected that Disney's ''[[Film/EscapeToWitchMountain Witch]] [[Film/ReturnFromWitchMountain Mountain]]'' films may be SerialNumbersFiledOff adaptations of Henderson's "People" stories, but this has never been confirmed, although many people who like the films often fall in love with the stories.

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Many of her stories, in particular the People stories, are notable for their [[CrystalDragonJesus overtly spiritual themes]]. Henderson herself was raised [[UsefulNotes/{{Mormonism}} Mormon]] but fell away from the church after a divorce. Under normal circumstances, her religion wouldn't bear mentioning, but you really can't ''not'' notice the religious themes.the allusions, with many stories including or titled after Biblical quotes. Fortunately, the stories stand beautifully on their own and Henderson's notion of spirituality is one of inclusion, welcome, and homecoming.

The People stories were adapted into the 1972 MadeForTVMovie ''The People,'' featuring Creator/WilliamShatner and based primarily on the short story "Pottage." It's long been suspected that Disney's ''[[Film/EscapeToWitchMountain Witch]] [[Film/ReturnFromWitchMountain Mountain]]'' films may be SerialNumbersFiledOff adaptations of Henderson's "People" stories, but this has never been confirmed, although many people who like the films often fall in love with the stories.



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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Henderson had an amazing talent for inventing fantastical names that manage to be both faintly familiar and otherworldly. This ''is'' a woman who herself was named Zenna, after all.

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* AwesomeMcCoolname: Henderson had an amazing talent for inventing fantastical names that manage to be both otherworldly and faintly familiar and otherworldly.familiar. This ''is'' a woman who herself was named Zenna, after all.



* CrystalDragonJesus: The People...don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power." It simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply rever and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to some of their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.

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* CrystalDragonJesus: The People...People don't exactly ''worship'' "The Power." It Power": it simply exist as a force in all their lives that they deeply rever revere and which unites them all. They also identify certain Bible verses as similar or even identical to some of their own teachings. It's implied that the People are a race of humans who never experienced the Biblical Fall and that ''all'' humans once were (or could be) like them.


* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Doobie's imaginary little boy in "Committee."

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* NotSoImaginaryFriend: Appears quite often. In "The Anything Box," Sue-Lynn's presumed imaginary box that allows her to see anything her heart desires turns out to be very real, as does Doobie's Splinter's imaginary little boy friend Doobie in "Committee."

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