Author: Stephen Marlowe (Milton Lesser)
Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 14,092 / 48 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.6
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,575
Added to site: 2010.06.02 28012

Nobody at the Interstellar Space School had ever heard of Earth so naturally they treated Smith with contempt—or was it an innate fear?...

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Smith said that he could appreciate them very well indeed, especially since, except for a few minor structural differences, they looked like women of Earth. It was a mistake, and the muscles in Jorak's cheeks began to twitch.

"I say they look exquisite, you say they look like women of Earth. Which is it, Earthsmith? Not both, surely--a contradiction in terms. I believe you're trying to provoke me."

Smith sighed. He wanted no trouble--they had spent a year with him on Earth, indoctrinating that. He was to be a paragon at the school, as Earth's first student there, he had to be a paragon--even if he turned out to be more awkward in this situation than the farmer on Earth everyone had called Rube.

"I think I will go to sleep," Smith said.

"Why, don't you men of Earth ever eat, Smith?"

Smith said yes, they ate, but he wasn't very hungry now. As a matter of fact, he was ravenously hungry, but he did not relish the idea of going to some public eating place either


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Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

The first Earthling applies to an interstellar university at a time when Earth had withdrawn contact with its former colonies and become a backwater. He struggles with rules, social customs, instruction, personalities--pretty much every aspect of his education.

Smith and the woman Geria are good characters who play off each other well, and the enemy Jorak is detestable.

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