The Transposed Man by James Valvis

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Narrated by Sophia Valvis


Thrilling Wonder Stories Nov 1954


The Transposed Man by James Valvis
Illustration by Sue Babcock

It’s true I’d gotten full of myself,

what some would call “a big head,”

but if you thought decapitation

would humble me, you thought wrong!


Even dead, my head continued to grow,

until at length it was bigger than Mercury,

bigger than Mars, Earth, even Saturn,

so large that my head became the sun


around which all planets orbited

and from this perch in the stars

I looked down at worlds,

all cold and loveless now


beneath my beautiful, perfect scrutiny.


BIO: James Valvis has placed stories or poems in Asimov’s, Daily Science Fiction, Ploughshares, Eye of the Telescope, Strange Horizons, The Sun, and many others. His poetry has been featured in Verse Daily. His fiction was chosen for the Sundress Best of the Net. He is a recent finalist in the Asimov’s Readers Awards. A former US Army soldier, he lives near Seattle.