Trying to identify a short story from some long-forgotten collection with multiple authors. All I really remember is a man attempting to swat a fly that landed on him...when a blue flame shoots out of it and it gets away.

  • You're going to have to give us more than that... When did you read it? When do you think it was written? Anything else you can think of? – Null Mar 26 '15 at 20:31
  • I belonged to the Science Fiction Book Club around the 1978 to 1982 area...so written a while back. I seem to remember the author having a Spanish-sounding name. – Mike Fox Mar 26 '15 at 20:34

"The Fly" by Arthur Porges:

Excited, he reached forward again, but as his plucking fingers approached, the fly rose smoothly in a vertical ascent, lifting a pyramid of taut strands and tearing a gap in the web as easily as a flipped stone. The man was alert, however. His cupped hand, nervously swift, snapped over the insect, and he gave a satisfied grunt.

But the captive buzzed in his grasp with a furious vitality that appalled him, and he yelped as a searing, slashing pain scalded the sensitive palm. Involuntarily he relaxed his grip. There was a streak of electric blue as his prize soared, glinting in the sun. For an instant he saw that odd glowworm tail light, a dazzling spark against the darker sky, then nothing.

You can listen to the Mind Webs reading of this story at the Internet Archive.

  • Thank you SO MUCH! I would never have found this. At the time I read it I remember thinking hey this is pretty good...I should look for more stuff by this guy. Now I can :) – Mike Fox Mar 26 '15 at 20:48
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    Other popular stories by Arthur Porges include "The Ruum" and "The Devil and Simon Flagg". – user14111 Mar 26 '15 at 20:53

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