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Houlihan's Equation

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Published: 1955
Language: English
Wordcount: 4,720 / 20 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 83
LoC Category: PZ
Downloads: 557
Added to site: 2009.06.20 24482
Genre: Short Story

The tiny spaceship had been built for a journey to a star. But its small, mischievous pilots had a rendezvous with destiny--on Earth.

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e a canopy of boughs and leaves and I was comfortable enough. Every once in a while someone from the town or the center itself would pass by, and stop to watch me. But of course they wouldn't see the leprechauns or anything the leprechauns had made, not being believers.

I would halt work, pass the time of day, and then, in subtle fashion, send the intruder on his way. Keech and the little people just stood by and grinned all the while.

At the end of sixteen days I had the entire problem all but whipped. It is not difficult to understand why. The working model and the fact that the small people with their quick eyes and clever fingers could spot all sorts of minute shortcomings was a great help. And I was hearing the old tongue and talking of the old things every day, and truly that went far to take the clutter out of my mind. I was no longer so lonely that I couldn't think properly.

On the sixteenth day I covered a piece of paper with tiny mathematical symbols and handed it to Keech. "Her

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Sardo Weems

An Irish engineer gets help working out the bugs in his equation from the little people.
The writing is good and the story moves fast. You won't be injuring yourself to read it.



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