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Author: Alan Nourse
Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,807 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83.4
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,966
Added to site: 2008.01.15 19711

scarlet. He dropped into a chair with a sigh and flipped a switch. "Okay, what is it now?"

"Just another senator," said a furious male voice. "Mr. Heinz, my arthritis is beginning to win this fight. Are you going to see me now, or aren't you?"

"Yes, yes, come right in!" Tommy turned white. "Senator Stokes," he muttered. "I'd completely forgotten--"

The senator didn't seem to like being forgotten. He walked into the office, looked disdainfully at the PR-men, and sank to the edge of a chair, leaning on his umbrella.

"You have just lost your job," he said to Tommy, with an icy edge to his voice. "You may not have heard about it yet, but you can take my word for it. I personally will be delighted to make the necessary arrangements, but I doubt if I'll need to. There are at least a hundred senators in Washington who are ready to press for your dismissal, Mr. Heinz--and there's been some off-the-record talk about a lynching. Nothing official, of course."



Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 2.5 from 2 reviews: ***
JoJo Biggins

The start of the story is a little misleading in that it seems comical and superficial, but then it settles down into a bit better sci-fi. There are hints of the ending through the story, but when it comes, it's a real disappointment. Trite, in fact.

Ugly but benign creatures from another dimension are flooding Earth. How do you sell the populace on that?


Sometimes it's hard to find just the right PR spin.



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