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Operation Earthworm

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Author: Joe Archibald
Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,856 / 26 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 922
Added to site: 2009.07.04 24607

Here he is again, the irrepressible Septimus Spink, in a tale as rollicking as an elder giant juggling the stars and the planets in his great, golden hands and laughing mirthfully as one tiny world--our own--goes spinning away from him into caverns measureless to man. With specifications drawn to scale, Joe Archibald, whose versatility with the quill never ceases to amaze us, has managed with slangy insouciance to achieve a rare triumph over space and time, and to aureole Spink in a resplendent sunburst of imperishable renown.

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n on the oxygen just in case, and I jump to the instrument panel and look at the arrow on a dial.

"Hey," I yell, "we are makin' a thousand miles per hour through the ground!"

"Don't look through the ports," Wurpz says. "In passin' I saw an angleworm three times the size of a firehose, and a beetle big enough to saddle."

"Git into the compression chamber quick," I says to him. "You are gettin' hallucinations."

I turn on the air conditioning as it gets as humid in the Mole as in the Amazon jungle during the dog days. The boring inner spaceship starts screeching like a banshee.

I look at the instrument panel again and see we are close to being seven thousand miles down, and all at once the gauges show we are out of energy. I look out the port and see a fish staring in at me, and a crab with eyes like two poached eggs swimming in ketchup.

Then we are going through dirt again and all of a sudden we come out of it and I see a city below us all lit up and the buildings are m

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Paulo Respighi

A pretty dreadful story. A know-it-all in 2022 announces he's given up on outer space and will be boring down to explore the interior of the Earth. He naturally finds something.

The story is written in slangy dialect and pidgin German. The science is stupid and it makes no commentary on society. The characters are irritating.



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