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Stamped Caution

Stamped Caution by Raymond Z. Gallun
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When an alien spacecraft crashes in Missouri a team of army investigators is dispatched. Among the debris they find a Martian infant and decide to raise him in their lab. Is he too strange to form a relationship with humans? Maybe, but he does have cute eye-stalks. – Stamped Caution was first published in the August 1953 issue of Galaxy magazine.

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This etext was produced from Galaxy Science Fiction August 1953. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

stamped CAUTION

By RAYMOND Z. GALLUN

Illustrated by KOSSIN

It's a funny thing, but most monsters seem to be of the opinion that it's men who are the monsters. You know, they have a point.

Ten minutes after the crackup, somebody phoned for the Army. That meant us. The black smoke of the fire, and the oily residues, which were later analyzed, proved the presence of a probable petroleum derivative. The oil was heavily tainted with radioactivity. Most likely it was fuel from the odd, conchlike reaction motors, the exact principles of which died, as far as we were concerned, with the crash.

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The craft was mainly of aluminum, magnesium and a kind of stainless steel, proving that, confronted with problems similar to ones we had encountered, aliens might solve them in similar ways... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 5 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 2, 2014
Good story, well read, as always, by Gregg. One can only hope that our first alien contact would go this way.


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