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My story. Elnax came out of the kitchen quickly, sure that Borzilons agitation had something to do with her experiments.

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My Story When his wife called out to him with obvious excitement, Elnax came out of the kitchen quickly, sure that Borzilon?s agitation had something to do with her experiments. He was careful to pretend to be interested in his wife?s work in order not to appear ignorant, but in actuality he knew and understood little of it. ?Yes, dear, what is it?? he asked sweetly when he reached his wife?s study. ?Is your project going well?? ?It is finished. Look at it!? Elnax was puzzled when Borzilon pointed towards an ordinary rectangular box. He had seen her working on it for several weeks but had never asked what it was supposed to be. Even now, completed, it did not seem much. ?That box? That?s what you have been working on all this time? And that?s why you called me away from making dinner?? His annoyance was obvious. ?Look closer, Elnax,? Borzilon remained patient. ?Don?t you see?? ?Do you mean the picture on the front?? ?Of course, I mean the picture. Don?t you see that it?s moving?? ?Yes, certainly. If it weren?t flat and gray and so very small, I?d be reminded of an entertainment machine, but even the one we have is much better than that thing, and ours certainly is an ancient model.? ?My dear Elnax, you still don?t understand. ...read more.

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My partner Xondi and I are going together again, just as we did many times before. Both of us are qualified scientists and astronauts. So please stop making difficulties.? ?How will you speak to the people there?? For a moment, Borzilon hesitated. ?There?s a slight problem with the language,? she said. ?Our teaching machines and speech analyzers had no difficulty with any of the tongues spoken in our solar system. But they could not do much with the language of Prux.? ?I saw only the moving pictures,? Elnax was interested again. ?I didn?t hear anything.? ?I switched off the sound because we can?t understand it and because it is very unusual. Listen.? Borzilon threw a switch, and suddenly the room was filled with noises that Elnax had never heard before. ?Shut it off, it?s horrible,? he yelled, covering his ears. ?Are you trying to tell me that you want to learn that?? ?I have already started, but right now it is not that easy. As I told you before, the teaching machines at the university have not been much help. They finally isolated a number of phrases that are being repeated over and over. We don?t know what they mean but both Xondi and I are memorizing as many of these sentences as we can in order to greet the first person we meet with a few words in her own language. ...read more.

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Ericsson, if you say so, I?ll be happy to tell you what happened.? And the young man launched into a detailed narration. ??? A few hours later, Mr. Ericsson was having lunch with his girlfriend. ?You won?t believe what I went through today, Liza, you just won?t believe it. I had a nut in my office, a real honest-to-goodness nut. Recommended by my cousin, too, that bum. I managed to give a note to my secretary, on the sly, asking her to call the nearest nut house in case he was one of their escapees. And in the meantime I sat there, listening to him and being afraid. I mean, you never know when someone like that really cracks. Boy, was I glad when the attendants came and picked him up.? ?Was he one of theirs?? ?No, but they took him along anyway after I told them what he had told me.? ?What did he tell you?? Mr. Ericsson could not help himself and started to giggle. ?You?ll think I?m nuts, too, but believe me, he really said it. He saw a spaceship land in a meadow near his home. Two beautiful women stepped out and walked towards him. And do you know what happened then? The first one bowed and said, ?I wish I were an Oscar Mayer Wiener!? And the second one smiled and said, ?Ring around the collar.?? ...read more.

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