at the earth on my diagram, and then at myself, and then, to clinch it, I pointed to myself and then to the earth itself shining bright green almost at the zenith.
"Tweel set up such an excited clacking that I was certain he understood. He jumped up and down, and suddenly he pointed at himself and then at the sky, and then at himself and at the sky again. He pointed at his middle and then at Arcturus, at his head and then at Spica, at his feet and then at half a dozen stars, while I just gaped at him. Then, all of a sudden, he gave a tremendous leap. Man, what a hop! He shot straight up into the starlight, seventy-five feet if an inch! I saw him silhouetted against the sky, saw him turn and come down at me head first, and land smack on his beak like a javelin! There he stuck square in the center of my sun-circle in the sand--a bull's eye!"
"Nuts!" observed the captain. "Plain nuts!"
"That's what I thought, too! I just stared at him open-mouthed while he pulled his head out of the sand an
A highly imaginative trek over the Martian surface, told from the point of view of an explorer returning to base camp following the crash of his scout ship. Excellent!
A fast-paced, beautifully written sci fi story, full of insight, humor, and imagination. As good a read today as when it was written... it certainly passes the test of time. A must read for any sci fi enthusiast.
This much admired story is the oldest short story to be selected by a committee of Science Fiction writers for inclusion in the Science Fiction Hall Of Fame first volume and was also among the top vote getters.
There is an interesting article on Weinbaum in Wikipedia that gives some additional detail on the story and it's impact on Science Fiction writing.
The story is short well constructed and a worthwhile read.