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Author: Alan Nourse
Published: 1963
Language: English
Wordcount: 3,476 / 17 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 58.4
LoC Category: PS
Series: Counterfeit Man
Downloads: 2,517
Added to site: 2007.10.07 18417

This etext was produced from The Counterfeit Man - More Science Fiction Stories by Alan E. Nourse published in 1963. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

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Maybe too ordinary, Morgan thought.

Finally the man looked up. His eyes were dark, with a hunted look in their depths that chilled Morgan a little. "Where do we go? I don't know. I've tried to think it out, and I get nowhere. But you've got to believe me, Morgan. I'm lost, I mean it. If I can't get help, I don't know where it's going to end."

"I'll tell you where it's going to end," said Morgan. "It's going to end in a hospital. A mental hospital. They'll lock you up and they'll lose the key somewhere." He poured himself another cup of coffee and sipped it, scalding hot. "And that," he added, "will be that."

* * * * *

The place was dark and almost empty. Overhead, a rotary fan swished patiently. The man across from Morgan ran a hand through his dark hair. "There must be some other way," he said. "There has to be."

"All right, let's start from the beginning again," Morgan said. "Maybe we can pin something down a little better. You say your name is Parks--right?"

The man nodded. "Jefferson Haldeman Parks, if that helps any. Haldeman was my mother's maiden


Average Rating of 2 from 2 reviews: **
Paulo Respighi

A lightweight story. A man, an alien accidentally dumped on Earth from across the galaxy, finally finds someone open-minded enough to believe his story--a science fiction writer.

It doesn't take too many coincidences into the story for the reader to give up taking the author (Nourse) seriously. The writing isn't bad, but the plotting stinks.

T. Carrion

Well, it had the promise of sounding pretty good at the start but it was very short, which is not a problem, if you have a good plot. It was about a man from a parallel universe who came to Earth. The whole story is based on a scene where the man talks to a magazine article writer. That's all there is, just that one talk and it ends very unsatisfying without action. It is kind of confusing at first, trying to figure out the ending and how it relates to the story. It gives you sort of a feeling of, "Oh well, whatever." I was really hoping for something to shock me or surprise me somewhere but, it was pretty tame and simple. The writer writes well, it's easy to read but I think most people would be disappointed

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