The Ugly Little Boy is a science-fiction short story by Isaac Asimov.

The story is included in Robot Dreams and Nine Tomorrows. Asimov mentions it as one of his favorites in I, Asimov: A memoir and It's a Good Life.

This article, The Ugly Little Boy, contains spoilers. Be forewarned, plot and/or ending details follow.
Asimov says you decide.

Plot summary[]

A nurse is asked by a scientific/technological organization if she would be willing to look after a little boy. The boy in question is a Neanderthal child, his facial features giving rise to the appellation "ugly". The organization the nurse now works for has the ability to pull objects (including people) out of their time. The nurse attempts to socialize the boy, acting as his mother.

See Also[]

List of short stories by Isaac Asimov