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The Project Gutenberg EBook of Cry from a Far Planet, by Tom Godwin This eBook is for the use of anyone anywhere at no cost and with almost no restrictions whatsoever. You may copy it, give it away or re-use it under the terms of the Project Gutenberg License included with this eBook or online at www.gutenberg.org Title: Cry from a Far Planet Author: Tom Godwin Illustrator: Martinez Release Date: December 10, 2007 [EBook #23799] Language: English Character set encoding: ASCII *** START OF THIS PROJECT GUTENBERG EBOOK CRY FROM A FAR PLANET *** Produced by Greg Weeks, Stephen Blundell and the Online Distributed Proofreading Team at http://www.pgdp.net CRY FROM A FAR PLANET By TOM GODWIN ILLUSTRATOR MARTINEZ * * * * * _The problem of separating the friends from the enemies was a major one in the conquest of space as many a dead spacer could have testified. A tough job when you could see an alien and judge appearances; far tougher when they were only whispers on the wind._ * * * * * _A smile of friendship is a baring of the teeth. So is a snarl of menace. It can be fatal to mistake the latter for the former._ _Harm an alien being only under circumstances of self-defense._ _TRUST NO ALIEN BEING UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES._ --From _Exploration Ship's Handbook_. He listened in the silence of the Exploration ship's control room. He heard nothing but that was what bothered him; an ominous quiet when there should have been a multitude of sounds from the nearby village for the viewscreen's audio-pickups to transmit. And it was more than six hours past the time when the native, Throon, should have come to sit with him outside the ship as they resumed the laborious attempt to learn each other's language. [Illustration: Was the cat native to the planet, or to his imagination?] The viewscreen was black in the light of the control room, even though it was high noon outside. The dull red sun was always invisible through the world's thick atmosphere and to human eyes full day was no more than a red-tinged darkness. He switched on the ship's outside floodlights and the viewscreen came to bright white life, showing the empty glades reaching away between groves of purple alien trees. He noticed, absently, that the trees seemed to have changed a little
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