I remember reading what I believe is a short story about a brother and sister who somehow come into possession of some toys which turn out to be from aliens. Through playing with them they develop a language their parents can't understand and start to develop mentally far faster than any human.

Does anyone recognize this story, or remember who wrote it or what it's called?

  • 2
    The toys are actually from far-future post-humans. Might as well have been aliens ;-) Dec 13 '11 at 23:59
  • 1
    @Martin - Where did you see that? Just curious, as I didn't get that impression when I reread the story.
    – morganpdx
    Dec 21 '11 at 17:41
  • I don't know that that's what the original story said. It was in the movie.
    – xdhmoore
    Aug 28 '15 at 5:25

Aha! I found it! It's called "Mimsy Were the Borogoves" by Lewis Padgett (pseudoynm). It's even cooler sounding than I remembered!

Wikipedia: Mimsy Were the Borogoves

  • 3
    What an intriguing idea for a story, I had never heard of it. Thanks for the tip. Jan 12 '11 at 23:04
  • 9
    There was also a feature film based on this story: The Last Mimzy imdb.com/title/tt0768212
    – Tony Meyer
    Jan 20 '11 at 4:07
  • @TonyMeyer - thanks for the pointer to the film - I had no idea it existed. This was a favorite story of mine as a kid.
    – davidbak
    Dec 29 '15 at 2:49
  • 1
    The movie bore little resemblance to the short story. May 1 '17 at 12:36

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.