The Holes Around Mars

Author: Jerome Bixby
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 6,724 / 27 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,602
Added to site: 2010.05.14
mnybks.net#: 27723
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ible in that direction--just miles of desert. So, after we'd stared at the holes for a while and they didn't go away, we headed back for the canal.

"Is there any possibility," asked Janus, as we walked, "that it could be a natural phenomenon?"

"There are no straight lines in nature," Randolph said, a little shortly. "That goes for a bunch of circles in a straight line. And for perfect circles, too."

"A planet is a circle," objected Janus.

"An oblate spheroid," Allenby corrected.

"A planet's orbit--"

"An ellipse."

Janus walked a few steps, frowning. Then he said, "I remember reading that there is something darned near a perfect circle in nature." He paused a moment. "Potholes." And he looked at me, as mineralogist, to corroborate.

"What kind of potholes?" I asked cautiously. "Do you mean where part of a limestone deposit has dissol--"

"No. I once read that when a glacier passes over a hard rock that's lying on some softer rock, it grinds t

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2010.08.17
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First explorers on Mars discover an enigma. They research and puzzle and eventually discover the answer with the help of native Martians. A longish pun.


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