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Test Piece (1951) [Short Story]
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The days of gung-ho space explorers streaking into the unknown in a desperate search of danger and adventure are long over. But their reports remain -- reports of discoveries and inhabited planets that will take the oversight commission years to fully attend to.

One such planet is being explored now, by a party of space marines hoping to make friendly "second contact". Though the natives are incapable of space flight, they possess a civilized culture and are in the midst of their industrial revolution.

What the marines discover is that the natives have made the long dead old explorer a mythical figure of legend, almost a god, and his last words, said with the bitter isolationist attitude of a hermit struggling to escape his own kind, pose a possibly deadly threat to the exploration party.

First published in Other Worlds, March 1951.

Original title: Test Piece
Original languages: English


Genre: FictionScience FictionAdventurePlanetary Exploration and Colonization

This work is a subwork of the following works :
     Omnibus of Science Fiction, the (1952) [Anthology]
      Authors: Arthur C. Clarke , H. P. Lovecraft , Isaac Asimov , Ray Bradbury , Jack London , James Blish , L. Sprague de Camp , A.E. van Vogt , Jack Vance , Fletcher Pratt , Damon Knight , Murray Leinster , Richard Matheson , Eric Frank Russell , Theodore Sturgeon , John D. MacDonald , Lewis Padgett , Wyman Guin , Lester del Rey , Raymond F. Jones , Alan E. Nourse , Fredric Brown , A.J. Deutsch , Anthony Boucher , William Tenn , Paul Ernst , David H. Keller , Katherine MacLean , John Leimert , B.F. Ruby , Will H. Gray , David Grinnell , Mark Clifton , Ross Rocklynne , Ann Griffith , R.R. Winterbotham , Ralph Williams , Chester S. Geier , W. Hilton-Young , André Maurois , Ralph Robin , H.B. Fyfe , Robert Abernathy , Peter Phillips

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