By Arthur C. Clarke
Males had outfitted towns ahead of, yet by no means any such urban as Diaspar; for millennia its protecting dome shutout the creeping decay and hazard of the area open air. as soon as, it held powers that ideas the celebs. yet then, as legend had it, The invaders got here, using humanity into this final shelter. It takes one guy, a distinct to wreck via Diaspar's stifling inertia, to destroy the legend and become aware of the real nature of the Invaders.
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He wore a large mustache and had big oval ears that stood A BEGINNER’S GUIDE T O INVADING EARTH 39 up like a bat's might. Jeff was about to say something when the stranger's tail appeared, wrapped around a pair of pliers that the stranger exchanged for some sort of screwdriver. The stranger's mustache twitched. He grunted, hit a control. Some lights stopped flashing while others began. He muttered to himself in sing-song frustration and continued to fuss with the panel. Jeff did a shoulder check, looked for any tells of a hidden camera crew, a previously unseen duck blind with a college humor troupe, or perhaps a zombie Allen Funt with a new gig, but he saw none of that.
It continued to speak. “So are all of us here. Angry. ” Nods and twitches of assent came from some around the table. One four-armed yellow cylinder of a conspirator leaned forward with all of his elbows on his chair and steepled both pairs of hands. “We need to face the facts that the humans are deliberate in their violent reactions,” the Grey said. Silence. ” From another more lupine individual came, “We have been mocked. Murdered. ” “No reparation,” said a sphere with many eyes that shined like tiny red beacons in the shadows.
Below him across the screen, “Dr. ” “Without access to the body itself,” Dr. Stanton said, “we can't prove or disprove any of the claims of what was hit on that highway or what Mr. Sheldon has been putting on display. Until the body is handed over to reputable scientists, these claims have to be treated with the utmost skepticism as this entire affair could still prove to be a fraud. Or worse, based on the photos I have seen, the body could be a human child with birth defects. ” Back to the newsreader.
City and the Stars by Arthur C. Clarke