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Cin said in February 29th, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Wow. I am stupefied. Did not see that ending coming. I was highly encouraged by Rusty to read this one, apparently it is a very famous short story. A slow build, becoming more and more mysterious. Anticipation of what was to come next kept me flipping the pages, and I could see I was nearing the end.. too little left of the story to provide a fantastic ending.. I was afraid I was going to be disappointed.. and then, the very last paragraph.. I was more shocked and more satisfied than I thought I could be.. and have been pondering this story ever since.
Truly amazing. Wow.

Thena said in December 7th, 2008 at 10:20 pm

I am so happy to find this story again. I’ve been looking for this story 13 years. Every time I tried to explain this story I would get weird looks. This story makes you think and touches you in great an unexpected ways. This is my favorite science fiction story and I recommend it to everyone as a “must read.”

Rusty said in December 12th, 2008 at 9:54 pm

Thanks Thena,

It is definitely a great story, and I’m glad you finally re-found it! Now you can share it with all those people who gave weird looks!

Nova98 said in December 31st, 2008 at 9:55 pm

This is my all-time favorite sci-fi short-story. I agree with Thena, this is a must-read.

Rusty said in January 1st, 2009 at 11:23 am


I agree. I first read it in a college English anthology 15 years ago, and have never forgotten it. It has that effect on people.