It Could Be Anything

Published: 1963
Language: English
Wordcount: 15,503 / 51 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 86.6
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 2,776
Added to site: 2008.10.06 22244

Keith Laumer, well-known for his tales of adventureand action, shows us a different side of his talentin this original, exciting and thought-provokingexploration of the meaning of meaning.

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individual voices now, an occasional word above the hubbub. He started to hurry, eager to find someone to talk to.

Abruptly the voices--hundreds of voices, he thought--rose in a roar, a long-drawn Yaaayyyyy...! Brett thought of a stadium crowd as the home team trotted onto the field. He could hear a band now, a shrilling of brass, the clatter and thump of percussion instruments. Now he could see the mouth of the alley ahead, a sunny street hung with bunting, the backs of people, and over their heads the rhythmic bobbing of a passing procession, tall shakos and guidons in almost-even rows. Two tall poles with a streamer between them swung into view. He caught a glimpse of tall red letters:

... For Our Side!

* * *

He moved closer, edged up behind the grey-backed crowd. A phalanx of yellow-tuniced men approached, walking stiffly, fez tassels swinging. A small boy darted out into the street, loped along at their side. The music screeched and wheezed. Brett tapped the man before him.


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Paulo Respighi

Brett leaves his hometown to see the world, but, no sooner than he can free himself from a train rest room with a stuck door, he discovers that he can't find it. The world is missing.

A clever story that leaves lots unexplained, but illustrates the advantages of the twin virtues of paranoia and not making waves.

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