By Murray Leinster
"Nobody ever observed the message-torp. It wasn't to be anticipated. It got here in on a path that prolonged backward to someplace close to the Rift—where there was Huks—and for a really, very good way it had traveled as merely message-torps do commute. It hopped part a light-year in overdrive, and got here again to normality lengthy adequate for its photocells to examine the star-filled universe all approximately. Then it hopped one other part light-year, and so forth. For a protracted, very long time it traveled during this jerky fashion."
A compelling brief tale through Murray Leinster.
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For a long time he looked at it. First he put his head on one side, and then he put it on the other; then he shut his right eye and gazed with his left, after which he shut his left eye and gazed with his right. Then he moved a little to one side and looked at the image, and then he moved the other way. After a while he said to the Minor Canon, who had been standing by all this time: “It is, it must be, an excellent likeness! That breadth between the eyes, that expansive forehead, those massive jaws!
She landed nearby. ” she said. ” “Indeed it was, Virginia,” said Zebediah T. Crawcrustle. ” “I have a book of matches on me somewhere,” she said, and she began to rummage in her purse, which was very large and very brown. ” Zebediah T. Crawcrustle was carrying a bottle of purple methylated spirits, which he proceeded to pour into a plastic cup.
A girl of a poor family without a father was a girl prone to witchcraft, they said. Nevertheless, the day the spitting cobra came down the giant kapok tree in the middle of the village, do you wonder who they turned to? Ozioma was standing over the large pot of bubbling red stew humming to herself. Her mother was chatting with her aunt in the back. Her mp3 player was connected to some old speakers and it was playing an afrobeat song her father used to love. Outside, it was thundering and it would rain any minute, but that didn’t concern her.