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The Holes Around Mars
     

The Holes Around Mars

by JEROME BIXBY, Dick Francis
 

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The Holes Around Mars appeared in the January 1954 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.

Science said it could not be, but there it was. And whoosh—look out—here it is again!

Spaceship crews should be selected on the basis of their non-irritating qualities as individuals. No chronic complainers, no hypochondriacs, no bugs on

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The Holes Around Mars appeared in the January 1954 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction.

Science said it could not be, but there it was. And whoosh—look out—here it is again!

Spaceship crews should be selected on the basis of their non-irritating qualities as individuals. No chronic complainers, no hypochondriacs, no bugs on cleanliness—particularly no one-man parties. I speak from bitter experience.

Because on the first expedition to Mars, Hugh Allenby damned near drove us nuts with his puns. We finally got so we just ignored them.

But no one can ignore that classic last one—it's written right into the annals of astronomy, and it's there to stay.

Allenby, in command of the expedition, was first to set foot outside the ship. As he stepped down from the airlock of the Mars I, he placed that foot on a convenient rock, caught the toe of his weighted boot in a hole in the rock, wrenched his ankle and smote the ground with his pants.

Sitting there, eyes pained behind the transparent shield of his oxygen-mask, he stared at the rock.

Product Details

BN ID:
2940011845819
Publisher:
Spastic Cat Press
Publication date:
12/08/2010
Sold by:
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Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
195 KB

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