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The Smiler

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Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,958 / 13 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 40.4
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 769
Added to site: 2009.10.29
mnybks.net#: 25665
Origin: gutenberg.org

Have you ever written science fiction? Have your stories been rejected? Herein may lie the reason.

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oner blinked. "You could put it that way."

"I would put it even stronger. The theory is obviously ridiculous. It was a weak cover-up. The best I could do under the circumstances."

"You are saying that you killed Sanford Smith?"

"Of course."

The Coroner glanced at his six-man jury, at the two police officers, at the scattering of spectators. They all seemed stunned. Even the reporter sent to cover the hearing made no move toward the telephone. The Coroner could think of only the obvious question: "Why did you kill him?"

"He was dangerous to us."

"Whom

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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.11.06
Sardo Weems
****.

The literary agent was able to tell the truth, because, by then, it didn't matter. A mildly humorous Martian invasion story.


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