Tensor's melancholia threatened to disturb the entire citizenry, and that was most uncivil! So—if these peculiar aliens caused him this distress, by provoking his intellectual curiosity, the remedy was for him to investigate them to his complete satisfaction.... Thus, in this manner, did Tensor get well—and did he learn a bit too....
r. He waited.
"At any rate," the physician continued, "what they did was order you to satisfy this curiosity that is causing all your trouble.
"The reason, of course, isn't that the Council is interested in your cure. But they do desire some coherent information about the aliens. And since it is unlikely that anyone will ever volunteer to take the trouble to investigate them on their own initiative, they felt your illness a satisfactory excuse for requiring you to make the investigation."
Curl sighed. It was monotonous, this trying to carry on a conversation with an unconscious man. However, it was his duty as a physician, and he had promised the Council. One thing he was sure of, though, and that was never again to get involved in teleporting himself about the planet like this on any account. He would send an assistant. Provided he could find one.
"The Council would like a report when you get back. Do you think you can control yourself if you know that you are go
An interesting concept. Disappointing in execution.
All Martians are humanoid, telepathic, and pretty much immortal. When the Earthlings land, Martian mental culture is upset, so Tensor sets out to satisfy his curiosity about them.
The human explorers are women, which can only mean sex will figure somewhere in the plot--that was the only reason for including women in most pulp stories. The story itself makes no social comment on humanity (directly or as a metaphor) and is not particularly exciting, so doesn't work as an adventure story. The purpose of the story seems to have been to be cute.