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The Creature from Cleveland Depths

The Creature from Cleveland Depths by Fritz Leiber
By: (1910-1992)

“The Creature from Cleveland Depths” also known as “The Lone Wolf” tells the story of a writer and his wife who refuse to move below-ground after the cold-war gets hot. The underground society discovers a decline in their ability to creatively innovate, and must consult with surface dwellers to develop products that satiate the needs of a people living like moles. But the latest product to result from this alliance, “The Tickler” has frightening implications that only our heroes seem to notice. – This story appeared in the December, 1962 issue of “Galaxy” magazine.

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Transcriber's Note: This etext was produced from Galaxy December 1962. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

Here is a modern tale of an inner directed sorcerer and an outer directed sorcerer's apprentice ... a tale of



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"Come on, Gussy," Fay prodded quietly, "quit stalking around like a neurotic bear and suggest something for my invention team to work on. I enjoy visiting you and Daisy, but I can't stay aboveground all night."

"If being outside the shelters makes you nervous, don't come around any more," Gusterson told him, continuing to stalk. "Why doesn't your invention team think of something to invent? Why don't you? Hah!" In the "Hah!" lay triumphant condemnation of a whole way of life.

"We do," Fay responded imperturbably, "but a fresh viewpoint sometimes helps."

"I'll say it does! Fay, you burglar, I'll bet you've got twenty people like myself you milk for free ideas... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 2 reviews)

Reviewer: - March 18, 2014
Subject: Creature from Cleveland Depths
Enjoyable little story, well read by Gregg.
Reviewer: - August 26, 2013
Subject: Mechanical secretary
At 8:16, he describes the "mechanical secretary" -- we have it today, we call it a "smart phone". Firtz Leiber was wonderful! This is a good story, reader is fine, though the audio quality is a little muzzy. Still, very enjoyable!

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