Finding his way out of this maze was only half the job.
each of the three doors spaced around the cylindrical chamber. He deliberately adopted an expression of simple-minded anticipation as he ambled over to the nearest one.
The door was round, about four feet in diameter, and set in a flattened part of the wall with its lower edge tangent with the floor. Rods about two inches thick projected a hand's breadth at four, eight, and twelve o'clock. The markings around them suggested that each could be rotated to three different positions. Barnsley squatted on his heels to study these.
Noting that all the rods were set at the position he had learned to think of as "one," he reached out to touch the door. It felt slightly warm, so he allowed his fingertips to slide over the upper handle. A tentative tug produced no
A variation on the man-wakes-up-in-a-mysterious-room story. A planetary mapping scout is captured by aliens who put him in a maze to test his intelligence. He purposely acts stupid and bewildered while waiting for rescue. But the aliens are in for a surprise when the rescue comes.
When you add implausible to unlikely, it becomes hard to take the story seriously. An okay story until the end.