Problem on Balak

Cover image for

Download


Author: Roger D. Aycock (Roger Dee)
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,784 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 80.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,278
Added to site: 2010.10.04
mnybks.net#: 29167
Origin: gutenberg.org

Sometimes you can solve your problem by running out on it!

Show Excerpt

e lived with that carbon copy of myself, he's learned everything I know."

"He's right," Gibbons put in. He blinked a couple of times and turned pink. "Unless the real Haslop happened to be married, that is. I'm a bachelor myself, but I'd say there are some memories that a married man wouldn't discuss, even when marooned."

Captain Corelli stared at him admiringly. "I never gave you enough credit, Gibbons," he said. "You're right! How about--"

"Don't help any," one of the Haslops said morosely. "I never was married. And now I never will be if I've got to depend on you jerks to get me out of this mess."

The sun went down just then and a soft, drowsy darkness fell. I thought at first that we'd have to finish our investigation in the dark, but the natives had made provisions for that. A swarm of fireflies as big as robins sailed in from somewhere and circled around over the court, lighting it as bright as day. The Balakian houses made a dim row of flattened shadow-mounds at the outskirt

Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2013.10.20
Paulo Respighi
***..

The exploratory ship from Earth lands on Balak to find they already know English (from an earlier shipwreck) and have created a puzzle for them to solve before they'll be allowed to leave, if ever.

An okay story.

2013.09.23
Henry L. Ratliff
****.

(1953) Sci-fi (Alien World/Acceptance) / Humor


From 'Galaxy Science Fiction' September 1953.


R: ****


Plot bullets


  • On a planet twenty million miles from Earth, an alien greets a spaceship crew in their language.

  • The aliens have made one of their own, to resemble an Earth man in every respect.

  • The problem is to find out which is real.

  • This test, may mean, survival.



SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(Promote your book here)

Featured Books

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Helga: Out of Hedgelands

Wood Cow Chronicles Book 1
Rick Johnson

VOLUME ONE in the WOOD COW CHRONICLES series. <... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

The Titan Drowns: Time Travel Romance

New Atlantis Time Travel Romance Book 6
Nhys Glover

2013 SFR GALAXY AWARD WINNER

"Heroism and... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Valkyrie's Vengeance

Loki's Wolves Book 0
Melissa Snark

Fans of paranormal and urban fantasy will enjoy... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Chausiku

Nightmare of the Clans Book One
Pamela E. Cash

There are six secret clans across the world–Afr... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Mademoiselle At Arms

A Georgian Romance
Elizabeth Bailey

Set in the late Georgian era, Elizabeth Bailey’... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

The Tales of Tim Hurtletuta - New Beginnings

Tales of Tim Hurtletuta Series, Book 1
Matthew James Wilkins

"Tim Hurtletuta has forgotten something. He can... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

After the Cure

Deirdre Gould

Eight years ago the December Plague swept throu... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

The Unveiling

Book One (Age of Faith 1)
Tamara Leigh

12th century England: Two men vie for the thron... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Healing Her Heart

Crystal Lake Series Book 1
Laura Scott

Dr. Gabe Allen has a rule about dating colleagues... Read more

Cover image for Problem on Balak by Roger D. Aycock - Free eBook

Never A Choice

The Choices Trilogy #1
Dee Palmer

Bethany Thorne has secrets and she’s told a few... Read more

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Help ManyBooks by sharing this page!

See it as donating a moment of your social media time, every little thing helps us improve and stay online.

Popular in This Genre

The list of books below is based on the weekly downloads by our users regardless of eReader device or file format.

Clarimonde
by Théophile Gautier
The Call of Cthulhu
by H. P. Lovecraft
''Fin Tireur''
by Robert Smythe Hichens
The Machine Stops
by E.M. Forster
The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
by F. Scott Fitzgerald
Eve's Diary
by Mark Twain
Skin Game
by Charles E. Fritch
One Day At Arle
by Frances Hodgson Burnett

See more popular titles from this genre.