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What Rough Beast?

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Author: Jefferson Highe
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,181 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 87.8
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 743
Added to site: 2010.04.14 27342

When you are a teacher, you expect kids to play pranks. But with tigers—and worse?

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viously humanoid, on another star system. For some reason, overpopulation or whatever, they have to find room on another planet. Let's assume they're a highly civilized race--they'd have to be to have interstellar travel--so, of course, they can't simply take over Earth in an act of aggression. That would be repugnant to them.

"So they seed our planet with their children. These children are geniuses. When they grow up, they are naturally the leaders of the world's governments and they're in a position to allow the Outspacers to live with us on Earth. To live peacefully with us, whereas now, if the Outspacers were to try to live here, it would mean war."

"And you think Bobby is one of these--these seedlings?"

"Maybe. He's unbelievingly intelligent. And he's a foundling."

"What has that to do with it?"

"I've looked up the statistics on foundlings. When the Saucers first began to appear, back in the 20th Century, the number of foundlings began to increase. Not

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

Schoolkids have become more and more uncontrollable by their teachers, resist learning, and appear to have psi powers. What's going on with today's kids?

An all right, but kind of slight story of a different kind of invasion. An extra star for quoting Yeats.



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