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Author: Isaac Asimov
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 11,110 / 40 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 74.9
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 17,432
Added to site: 2010.03.08 26905

Red and Slim found the two strange little animals the morning after they heard the thunder sounds. They knew that they could never show their new pets to their parents.

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sort or another. They rarely maintain his interest for long."

He looked at the wall clock. "Your friends should have been here by now, shouldn't they?"


The swaying had come to a halt and it was dark. The Explorer was not comfortable in the alien air. It felt as thick as soup and he had to breathe shallowly. Even so--

He reached out in a sudden need for company. The Merchant was warm to the touch. His breathing was rough, he moved in an occasional spasm, and was obviously asleep. The Explorer hesitated and decided not to wake him. It would serve no real purpose.

There would be no rescue, of course. That was the penalty paid for the high profits which unrestrained competition could lead to. The Merchant who opened a new planet could have a ten year monopoly of its trade, which he might hug to himself or, more likely, rent out to all comers at a stiff price. It followed that planets were searched for in secrecy and, preferably, away from the usual trade routes. In a case s


Average Rating of 4.5 from 2 reviews: *****
Paulo Respighi

Around the time their dads are expecting visitors from another planet, two kids living in the country capture strange animals. Since dads aren't talking to kids and the kids aren't talking to dads, there's some nice tension in the story, with a twist at the end.

Not a terribly sophisticated plot, but the competent writing makes it worth reading.


it was good, although Asimov writes in a way that may be hard to understand, eitherway for its time it is excellent

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