By Alan E. Nourse
He stared out on the nice send, feeling a kick back of ask yourself and worry move slowly up his backbone. "So this can be the mysterious puzzle of Saturn," he muttered. "This is what we've been ready for."
There was once a curious keen gentle in Captain Loomis' eyes as he seemed up. "Oh, no. no longer this."
"Not this. The ships we've obvious ahead of have been tiny, flat." His little eyes became towards the send, and again to Sabo's heavy face. "This is whatever else, whatever really different." a grin curved his lips, and he rubbed his arms jointly. "We exit for trout and are available again with a whale. This ship's from house, deep house. no longer from Saturn. This one's from the stars."
What used to be the secret of this nice send from the darkish, deep reaches of house? For -- inside of its death-filled chambers -- used to be the street of existence!
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