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Project Mastodon

Project Mastodon by Clifford Simak
By: (1904-1988)

Clifford Simak deals with the implications of time travel in his own unique way in this story. What if a group of guys did it on their own, without any help from government or industry? On a shoestring,so to speak? Would anyone believe them? What would you do if you could go back 150,000 years to a time when mastodons and saber toothed tigers roamed North America? And what happens when they run out of money? All these questions are explored in the usual humorous, wry Simak way in this story.

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[Transcriber's Note: This story was first published in March 1955 Galaxy and the etext was produced from the anthology "All the Traps of Earth and other stories". Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.]



Clifford D. Simak

The chief of protocol said, "Mr. Hudson of ah Mastodonia."

The secretary of state held out his hand. "I'm glad to see you, Mr. Hudson. I understand you've been here several times."

"That's right," said Hudson. "I had a hard time making your people believe I was in earnest."

"And are you, Mr. Hudson?"

"Believe me, sir, I would not try to fool you."

"And this Mastodonia," said the secretary, reaching down to tap the document upon the desk. "You will pardon me, but I've never heard of it."

"It's a new nation," Hudson explained, "but quite legitimate. We have a constitution, a democratic form of government, duly elected officials, and a code of laws. We are a free, peace loving people and we are possessed of a vast amount of natural resources and "

"Please tell me, sir," interrupted the secretary, "just where are you located?"

"Technically, you are our nearest neighbors... Continue reading book >>

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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 17, 2014
Subject: Project Mastodon
Good fun little story, well worth the listen. Phil does a great job of reading it.

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