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Old Friends are the Best

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Published: 1960
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,168 / 19 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 72.3
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,488
Added to site: 2010.10.18 29308

Are you one of those people who save the best things for the last ... who eat all the chocolate sundae away from under the maraschino cherry? If so, you are very like the Peter W. Merrill Moonplant.

Show Excerpt

Who put the pocks in the face of the moon? A Peter W. Merrill Moonplant, of course! They looked down in rapture as meteor after meteor--drawn across the countless miles of space by the pulsating gravity fields, plunged into the Earth, leaving pocks visible to the naked moondweller's eye. And darned if each meteor didn't strike dead center of each plant network.

* * * * *

After about a month, Earth looked almost exactly like the moon had once looked, with the exception of one locale: Australia, and much of the Pacific Ocean surrounding it.

"It will indeed be a titanic meteor that hits there!" the moon scientists enthused. For their careful check of the records showed that only one plant had been found on the whole continent of Australia, toward the eastern coast; which meant that its network probably extended beneath the Pacific itself, with a gigantic field reaching its hungry magnetic fingers into space.

And then someone noticed that no more asteroids had peeled from the formation

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 2 reviews: ****
Paulo Respighi

A slightly sentient moon plant that was thousands of years old is discovered, and shipped to Earth. Oddly, it seems to like Earth.

A fairly amusing story of things going wildly out of control.


Pretty wild and fun short story.



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