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The Good Neighbors

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Author: Edgar Pangborn
Published: 1960
Language: English
Wordcount: 2,981 / 16 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 60.8
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 1,915
Added to site: 2008.09.05 21985

You can’t blame an alien for a little inconvenience--as long as he makes up for it!

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The ship was sighted a few times, briefly and without a good fix. It was spherical, the estimated diameter about twenty-seven miles, and was in an orbit approximately 3400 miles from the surface of the Earth. No one observed the escape from it.

The ship itself occasioned some excitement, but back there at the tattered end of the 20th century, what was one visiting spaceship more or less? Others had appeared before, and gone away discouraged--or just not bothering. 3-dimensional TV was coming out of the experimental stage. Soon anyone could have Dora the Doll or the Grandson of Tarzan smack in his own living-room. Besides, it was a hot summer.

The first knowledge of the escape came when the region of Seattle suffered an eclipse of the sun, which was not an eclipse but a near shadow, which was not a s

Reader Reviews

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

Stupid story - a complete waste of time.

Sardo Weems

An amusing and rather light story about a kind of accidental alien invasion. The alien isn't evil, it's just big and stupid.



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