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The Second Voice

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Author: Mann Rubin
Published: 1954
Language: English
Wordcount: 5,651 / 24 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 84.5
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 501
Added to site: 2009.09.05 25203
Genre: Short Story

Spud, world-famous dummy, talks to Mars with surprising results.

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d, offering his earphones to Dr. Shalt, who grabbed for them hurriedly. The scientist raised the cups to his ear and waited. The room fell into deeper silence.

"Yes, yes, it's the voice! Turn up the resonator to full volume! We've got it! The voice is completing the circuit!" Dr. Shalt said tensely.

The technician turned another dial as far as it would go. The sound of the static rose to a roar. Then abruptly the static broke, died out and a strange new sound came in. It was Spud! Spud's voice creeping back from a trip to Mars, thirty-five million miles away!

"Hello.... This is the voice of Spud O'Malley. I speak to you from Harlow Field in the United States of America. My voice is being sent to you by a newly invented Amplification Unit developed by Dr. Paul Shalt at this experimental base. This is the first time such an operation has ever been tried. We extend our heartiest greetings, our deepest felicitations ..."

It went on, the high, squeaking voice, friendly, humorou

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 1 from 1 reviews: *
Paulo Respighi

The U.S. Government is going to bounce a radio signal off of Mars, and scientists come to the conclusion that only the falsetto voice a ventriloquist uses for his dummy will work in their experiment.

A contrived, silly, story that is a little fascinating for its ineptness.



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