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The Venus Trap

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Author: Evelyn E. Smith
Published: 1956
Language: English
Wordcount: 10,621 / 38 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 85.1
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,259
Added to site: 2010.03.10 26937

One thing Man never counted on to take along into space with him was the Eternal Triangle—especially a true-blue triangle like this!

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onservation program."

* * * * *

Phyllis said grimly, "She doesn't think it's too late for a sound conservation program. She still has hopes--far-fetched, maybe, and I'm not so sure they are. Mark my words, James, she's got designs on you."

"Don't be idiotic," he protested. "That would be--" he attempted to introduce a light note--"it would be miscegenation."

"These foreigners can't be expected to have our standards." And she burst into tears again. "A fine thing to go through that miserable five-month trip only to find out a tree has alienated my husband's affections."

"Oh, come on, Phyl!" He still was trying for a smile. "What would a tree see in me?"

"I'm beginning to wonder what I saw in you. You never loved me; you just wanted a wife to come out and colonize with you and b-b-breed."

What could he say? It was almost true. Phyllis was a beautiful girl and he loved her, but, if he had planned to remain as an instructor with the Romance Languages Depar

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Average Rating of 3 from 1 reviews: ***
Paulo Respighi

A newlywed wife rejoins her husband on the planet they are colonizing only to find he has developed a deep friendship with a native (female) sentient tree.

This is a hard story to judge. It is played straight--not for laughs--but mammal/vegetable attraction was difficult for me to accept. And I like plants.

The characters of the tree and the wife are actually pretty good; both characters mature as the story progresses. The husband is a rather dense dolt.



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