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The Seventh Order

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Published: 1952
Language: English
Wordcount: 7,240 / 28 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 88.7
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,228
Added to site: 2010.05.12
mnybks.net#: 27695
Origin: gutenberg.org

History is filled with invincible conquerors. This one from space was genuinely omnipotent, but that never keeps humanity from resisting!

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two police cars came into sight. They screeched to the curb and several officers jumped out and ran across the lawn.

While this was going on, Prof. Tomlin sat white-faced and unmoving in his chair. The robot was silent.

When it had been explained to the policemen, five officers advanced the robot.

"Stop where you are," George commended. "It is true that I killed a man, much as any of you would have done if you had been in my place. I can see in your minds what you are intending to say, that you must arrest me--"

Prof. Tomlin found his voice. "George, we will all have to testify that you killed with that force or whatever it is you have. But it will be self-defense, which is justifiable homicide--"

George turned to the professor. "How little you know your own people, Professor Tomlin. Can't you see what the issue will be? It will be claimed by the state that I am not a human being and this will be drummed into every brain in the land. The fine qualities of the man I was comp

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 4 from 1 reviews: ****
2012.07.04
Sardo Weems
****.

A telepathic and in all ways superior to human scout robot has to be destroyed or his kind will simply sweep aside life on earth for materials to reproduce themselves.
How do you kill something that can know your intentions from miles away?
It's just a pulp story, well-written, worth spending 20 minutes on.


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