The mammoths of the ancient world have been wonderfully preserved in the ice of Siberia. The cold, only a few miles out in space, will be far more intense than in the polar regions and its power of preserving the dead body would most probably be correspondingly increased. When the hero-scientist of this story knew he must die, he conceived a brilliant idea for the preservation of his body, the result of which even exceeded his expectations. What, how, and why are cleverly told here.
of what size the creatures are," reminded another. "Perhaps there are thousands of them in that space craft out there. They may be of such a small size that it will be necessary to look twice before finding one of them. Such beings are not unknown."
"We shall soon overtake it and see."
"I wonder if they have seen us?"
"Where do you suppose it came from?"
"From the world beneath us," was the suggestion.
The Mysterious Space Craft
The machine men made way for their leader, 25X-987, who regarded the space craft ahead of them critically.
"Have you tried communicating with it yet?" he asked.
"There is no reply to any of our signals," came the answer.
"Come alongside of it then," ordered their commander. "It is small enough to be brought inside our carrying compartment, and we can see with our penetration rays just what manner of creatures it holds.
An interesting premise ruined by dull writing and a child's ending.
A pretty good short story about a scientist who wants his body preserved longer than the embalmers can do it, so he has his corpse shot into space to orbit the Earth. It works. The artifacts of his brain are restored 40 million years later. He's able to have new adventures, but does he really want immortality?
The radium anti-meteor shield is a little hard to believe, but the story raises interesting questions.
A brilliant yarn of time travel of the dead, reanimation, further reanimation, and alien first contact with a dying world.
Isaac Asimov included this story in his anthology of "Before The Golden Age" with good reason. Now through ManyBooks I have my own copy in Ebook form.
Action, philosophy, time travel, alien contact, all in the style of my favorite period of Sci Fi short stories. Highly recommended!
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