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The World That Couldn't Be

The World That Couldn't Be by Clifford D. Simak
By: (1904-1988)

Layard was a curiosity to sociologists. The planet supported thriving tribes of natives but they were genderless. How could tribes form without families? But Gavin Duncan didn’t care. He had come to Layard to farm vua plants. Their berries cured mental illnesses and were one of the most expensive commodities in the galaxy. He was going to make his fortune if he could just keep the Cytha at bay, a big, dumb animal that could munch through 10 rows of vua in a night. Despite native superstitions he was going to have to hunt and kill the pest if he was to protect his crop. It was a dim-witted beast. How hard could it be? – 'The World That Couldn’t Be' was first published in the January 1958 issue of Galaxy Science Fiction magazine.

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This etext was produced from Galaxy Science Fiction January 1958. Extensive research did not uncover any evidence that the U.S. copyright on this publication was renewed.

The World That Couldn't Be

By CLIFFORD D. SIMAK

Illustrated by GAUGHAN

Like every farmer on every planet, Duncan had to hunt down anything that damaged his crops even though he was aware this was

The tracks went up one row and down another, and in those rows the vua plants had been sheared off an inch or two above the ground. The raider had been methodical; it had not wandered about haphazardly, but had done an efficient job of harvesting the first ten rows on the west side of the field. Then, having eaten its fill, it had angled off into the bush and that had not been long ago, for the soil still trickled down into the great pug marks, sunk deep into the finely cultivated loam... Continue reading book >>


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Reviews (Rated: 4 Stars - 1 review)

Reviewer: - March 17, 2014
Subject: World that couldn't be
Cute (?), little story, well read by Gregg, as always.


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