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Student Body

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Published: 1953
Language: English
Wordcount: 8,710 / 33 pg
Flesch-Kincaid Reading Ease: 73.5
LoC Category: PS
Downloads: 1,160
Added to site: 2010.03.30 27178

When a really infallible scientific bureau makes a drastically serious error, the data must be wrong ... but wrong in what way?

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face, to any practical depth. A large crawler, it was big enough for a man to live in without discomfort for a week.

It carried an outsize ultrasonic generator and a device for directing the beam into the planet. That was the sending apparatus. The receiving end began with a large sonic lens which picked up sound beams reflected from any desired depth, converted it into electrical energy and thence into an image which was flashed onto a screen.

At the depth of ten miles, the image was fuzzy, though good enough to distinguish the main features of the strata. At three miles, it was better. It could pick up the sound reflection of a buried coin and convert it into a picture on which the date could be seen.

It was to a geologist as a microscope is to a biologist. Being a biologist, Dano Marin could appreciate the analogy.

He started at the tip of the peninsula and zigzagged across, heading toward the isthmus. Methodically, he covered the territory, sleeping at night in the digger. On t

Reader Reviews

Average Rating of 5 from 1 reviews: *****
Sardo Weems

Interesting and puzzling story of a planet ripe for colonization that keeps revealing new pests that never showed up on the original planetary survey. There are two main characters and the planet's ecosystem makes a third. The only woman shows up naked at the story's beginning and is never seen again.

The implications of the story are quite frightening, if you stop and think about it.



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