The Terrible Answer

Author: Arthur G. Hill
Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,302 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.4
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 989
Added to site: 2009.11.25
mnybks.net#: 25888
Origin: gutenberg.org
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They came to Mars inquiring after the stuff of Empire. They got—TheTERRIBLEANSWER

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his voice. "When I talk--you jump! Get that? All of you!"

He fired three bullets into the Martian's brain. The latter slumped grinning to the ground. Larkin, his breath coming jerkily, stood poised on the balls of his feet. The men at the table sat frozen--waiting. Around them--on the plain--some two hundred Martians stood motionless.

The final test, Smith thought. To prove they're cattle.

* * * * *

A full minute passed after the echo of the gun faded out. Silence.

And nothing.

The Earthmen picked up their breathing where they'd dropped it. Larkin's breath exploded in savage voice--triumphant voice. The Martians were his.

"Come on, some of you! Dig a hole and bury that carrion! And if anybody still wonders who's boss around here--let him step forward!"

"They took it!" Cleve whispered. "Glory be--they took it!"

Four Martians climbed grinning from the trench. They faced Larkin and stood as though awaiting instructions.

"Dig

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Average Rating of 2 from 1 reviews: **
2012.10.18
Sardo Weems
**...

Nothing here for women at all. Seven stereotypical men land on Mars to subjugate the docile Martians and establish an empire. They set about teaching the Martians who are the masters and who are the slaves.

Fairly forgettable story.


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