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The Planetoid of Peril

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Author: Paul Ernst
Published: 1931
Language: English
Wordcount: 9,684 / 35 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 70.2
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,214
Added to site: 2009.08.24 25089

Undaunted by crazy tales of an indestructible presence on Asteroid Z-40, Harley 2Q14N20 sets out alone to face and master it.

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belonged to Beatrice 3W28W12's great-great-grandmother, and Beatrice had given it to him as a token.

"With luck, my dear," he whispered aloud. "With luck...."

There was a slight vibration. He threw the gravity bar over to the first notch. Earth dropped, plummet-like, away from him. He pushed the bar to the limit leg; and, at a rate of hundreds of miles a second, was repelled from Earth toward Z-40, and the thing that skulked there.

* * * * *

With a scarcely perceptible jar, he landed on the small sphere that, he hoped, was to be his future home. Before opening his man-hole lid, he went from panel to panel of the Dart and cautiously reconnoitered. He had elected to land beside the little lake that was set like a three hundred-acre gem on the surface of Z-40, and it was more than possible that the enemy had its den nearby.

However, a careful survey of the curved landscape in all directions failed to reveal a glimpse of anything remotely threatening. He donned his oxygen concen

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Sardo Weems

A chase story between a human and a silicon-based life form. The thing's daylight immobility never gets explained, and there are a few convenient loopholes, but it held my attention without expanding the limits of my mind.

The writing is craftsmanlike.



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