Free and Discounted Ebooks
Join 130,000 readers! Get our ebook deals straight to your inbox.

The Hitch Hikers

Cover image for

Download


Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,369 / 23 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,442
Added to site: 2010.05.08
mnybks.net#: 27649
Origin: gutenberg.org

The Rell, a great and ancient Martian race, faced extinction when all moisture was swept from their planet.Then, one day, a lone visitor--a strange, two-legged creature composed mostly of water--landed on Mars …

Show Excerpt

it would have been dismissed as a mere frost patch, if this section was typical. For a radius of many yards the ground was blasted bare by the action of the exhaust and nowhere in sight did there appear to be more than the flimsiest covering of white over the brown sandy soil.

"Not even lichens," muttered Brown in disgust.

But disgust cannot long stand against the magic of a fresh new planet and Brown continued his avid, though barren, search until hunger forced his return to the ship. He had been able to detect no life and was completely unaware of his close proximity to the planet's dominant species. It had been considered neither practical nor particularly desirable to build a microscope into the space suit. Simplicity and the least possible weight had been the watchwords here as with everything designed to go aboard the ship.

In any case, a microscope would have done Brown little good in trying to detect the submicroscopic beings of the Rell.

The Rell, who had somewhat lost th

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3.5 from 2 reviews: ****
2015.07.07
JoJo Biggins
***..

A pretty good story, mostly from an alien viewpoint. The ending is kind of trite, but a good short read nonetheless.

2013.07.14
Paulo Respighi
****.

The sub-microscopic collective-minded Rell were pretty self-sufficient, not to mention self-absorbed, living at the South polar ice cap. But one day an Earthman comes blundering near their home and they discover that there are other worlds. Worlds with water.

Good story told from the point of view of the aliens.


SUBSCRIBE TO MANYBOOKS 

FREE EBOOKS 

Join 120,000+ fellow readers! Get Free eBooks and book bargains from ManyBooks in your inbox. 

We respect your email privacy

(advanced)
login | register

User ID

Password

reset password

Author of the Day

Angela Roquet
Angela Roquet loves everything macabre - with a dash of comedy. She is also fascinated by world religions, the afterlife and mythology. This clearly shows in her work, where mythological characters tend to make an appearance, showing off their more mundane sides. Today, Roquet talks to us about what inspired her book, Graveyard Shift, why she has a female reaper in the leading role and how she used to raise eyebrows in public with the types of books she was reading.
Read full interview...