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Reluctant Genius

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Author: Henry Slesar
Published: 1957
Language: English
Wordcount: 1,959 / 13 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 39.6
LoC Category: PS
Audiobook: librivox.org
Downloads: 1,274
Added to site: 2009.02.09
mnybks.net#: 23387
Origin: gutenberg.org

It is said that Life crawled up from the slime of the sea-bottoms and became Man because of inherent greatness bred into him before the dawn of time. But perhaps this urge was not as formless as we think.

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Buos was chastising Laloi as they sped through the ionosphere of the green planet. But like the airy creature she was, Laloi ignored the criticism and rippled zephyr-like through a clump of daffodils when they completed their descent.

"So pretty," she sighed. She flung her incorporeal substance around each flower, absorbing their unified beauty of scent, sight, and feel. Buos shrilled himself into a column of wind to express his displeasure at her attitude.

"Stupid, silly, shallow thing!" he said. "If the others only knew how you behaved--"

"And you'll be glad to tell them, of course," she said, extending her fingers of air into the roots of the wind-bent grass. She rolled across the hill ecstatically, and Buos followed in grumbling billows of energy.

"I don't carry tales," he replied, somewhat mortified. "But we're here as observers, and you insist upon making this world a plaything ..."

"I love it," she said happily. "It's so warm and green."

Buos whipped in front

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
2012.10.11
Sardo Weems
***..

A very short story of two insubstantial aliens pooling their efforts and advancing human physics.


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