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The Gallery

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Author: Roger Phillips Graham (Rog Phillps)
Published: 1959
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,864 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,822
Added to site: 2008.10.22 22425

Aunt Matilda needed him desperately, but when he arrived she did not want him -- and neither did anyone else in his home town.

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to the position it had been in.

The next picture was of the railroad depot. The telegrapher and baggage clerk were going around the side of the depot towards the tracks. A freight train was rushing through the picture.

Even as I watched it in the picture, I heard the wail of a train whistle in the distance, and it was coming from outside, across town. That freight train was going through town right now.

I put the pictures back the way they had been, and stole softly from Aunt Matilda's bedroom to the bathroom, and closed the door.

"No wonder Aunt Matilda invested in this thing!" I said to my image in the mirror as I shaved.

Picture TV would make all other TV receivers obsolete! Full color TV at that! And with some new principle in stereophonic sound!

What about the fact that neither picture had been plugged into an outlet? Probably run by batteries.

What about the lack of weight? Obviously a new TV principle was involved. Maybe it required fewer circu

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
JoJo Biggins

Quite an interesting concept. Too bad there's no real plot or driving force behind the story. Read it for what it is and enjoy it - at least it's short.

Sardo Weems

I found the story clever and absorbing. There's a perfectly nice alien with a camera that takes VERY detailed pictures of you which have a side-effect of making you schizophrenic--but not in a bad way.

Good characterization and plotting. The whole story was a pleasure.



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