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Asteroid of Fear

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Published: 1951
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,766 / 50 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 2,845
Added to site: 2010.06.13
mnybks.net#: 28120
Origin: gutenberg.org
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ryness. Yes--the motion of the few scattered molecules in space was very fast--indicating a high temperature. But without substance to be hot, there can be no heat. And so few molecules were there in the void, that while the concept of a "hot" space remained true, it became tangled at once with the fact that a practically complete vacuum can have practically no temperature. Which meant--again in practice--all but absolute zero.

John Endlich knew. He'd heard the lectures at the Homesteaders' School. Here was a ghost-land, hundreds of square miles in extent--a region that had been shifted in a few seconds, from the full prime of life and motion, to moveless and timeless silence. It was like the mummy of a man. In its presence there was a chill, a revulsion, and yet a fascination.

* * * * *

The kids continued to jabber--more excitedly now than before. "Pop! Mom!" Bubs urged. "Let's go look inside them buildings! Maybe the things are still there! The people, I mean.

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2010.06.16
A. A. Arraes
****.

A classical farwest tale translated into a space adventure. A nice enough tale, though.


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