He-y, Come On Ou-t!

by Shinichi Hoshi

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What is the genre of the story "He-y, Come on Ou-t"?

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Just as the previous answer has mentioned, the story is a science fiction short story. However, I like to see it more as being an ecological cautionary tale. The villagers dump all that they do not want into the hole, yet what goes in must come out.

"You might bring down a curse on us. Lay off," warned an old man, but the younger one energetically threw the pebble in.

This signifies the start of the cycle. Without hesitation, we mindlessly throw away the things we do not want—just like the villagers in the story. As the saying goes, "Out of sight, out of mind." After we throw away what we no longer want (which is normally something that we see as no longer benefiting us), we will forget all about it when we no longer see it. However, the impact has been made and the cycle cannot be broken. We have already polluted the environment. Much like how the pebble falls from the sky, the impact of our destructive actions on the environment will be observed in time to come. Therefore, the genre of the story is ecological in nature, showing us that every action has a consequence.

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"He-y, Come on Ou-t" is a Japanese science fiction short story. It is a social commentary on waste, abuse, and laziness.

In the story, a bottomless hole is discovered. A key point in the beginning of the story is a man yelling, "Hey, come on out" and dropping a pebble into the hole. The townspeople consider filling in the hole to build a shrine on top but ultimately give control to a wealthy man. From this point on, all manner of vile things are dropped into the bottomless hole, from nuclear waste to dead bodies. It seems like the perfect solution for the world's problems. The city goes on to thrive because it doesn't need to worry about excess waste anymore. Finally, at the end, a construction worker is sitting atop a building and hears, "Hey, come on out" and sees a pebble fall from the sky. The reader is left to imagine the horrors that await.

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