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Earthmen Bearing Gifts

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Author: Fredric Brown
Published: 1960
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,919 / 13 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 41.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 3,383
Added to site: 2008.09.04 21970

Mars had gifts to offer and Earth had much in return--if delivery could be arranged!

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Dhar Ry sat alone in his room, meditating. From outside the door he caught a thought wave equivalent to a knock, and, glancing at the door, he willed it to slide open.

It opened. "Enter, my friend," he said. He could have projected the idea telepathically; but with only two persons present, speech was more polite.

Ejon Khee entered. "You are up late tonight, my leader," he said.

"Yes, Khee. Within an hour the Earth rocket is due to land, and I wish to see it. Yes, I kn

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 4 reviews: ***
Lisa Carr

The remnants of a telepathic, socially advanced Martian civilization await the arrival of the first rocket from Earth.
I'm afraid I saw the ending coming. It's just a bit of interplanetary fluff.

JoJo Biggins

Two pages. Poor humor. Poor story.


Very short. Really more a joke than a story. The ending caught me off guard, I enjoyed it.

Henry L. Ratliff

Your a Martian. You know that Earth is interested in your planet.

You await your first encounter.



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