By L. Ron Hubbard
Meet Chuck Lambert, who, although no longer precisely a idiot, is to blame of letting his mind's eye get the easiest of his wits. that is simply because our younger, naive Lambert desires his personal planet. yet instead of buy one legally from the internal division of the Outer Galactic keep watch over, he quickly succumbs to the flashy ads of an unsavory galactic swindler named Madman Murphy & the purported King of Planetary Realtors. What Madman is the king of, is promoting the unwary a planet that won't rather correct, a planet the place one cannot sit simply because there is something the problem with its subject. and that is precisely what turns into the problem for our unfortunate voyager, after Chuck toils for 11 grueling years to scrape jointly adequate funds to eventually purchase a planet of his personal.
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Reporters tried to learn something. 40 ♦ THE CONROY DIAR Y ♦ Mallory pulled out a tin cup and a pair of dark glasses and sat down on the steps, putting up a sign, “I got to pay a tax. Please help the needy. ” During the week Fitz made several volunteer lectures on the fauna and flora of the Treasury Department. He oﬀered land for sale on the Planet Slumgo of the Blue Sky System—a billion acres of it at ten dollars an acre. He had an atmosphere ship paint a huge sign over New York, “S O S Conroy.
He had a visograph planted on another box with a cleared space before it, and in his hands he held a pack of cards. , almost never got excited. He did not get excited now. “My contract,” cried Doyle, “calls for a bonus of a million dollars to your company for every day short of the promised time! But let me remind you that a penalty of one million dollars is to be paid to me for every day this job exceeds the specified time. Unless you quit this . . this idle, supine—” Doyle was fat. He was easily excited.
Point nine-tenths the tensile strength of steel. Can be forged—” “But I don’t understand what makes it rise,” pleaded the little man. “Planet 19453X—which I have rechristened Isabel—is part of a renegade system which moved in from another galaxy after some interminable crossing of space. It is traveling toward our hub but it won’t get there for another three or four billion years. Its matter is made of another kind of energy from ours, which, making up in usual atomic and molecular forms, has no aﬃnity or repulsion for our own matter.
A Matter of Matter (Stories from the Golden Age) by L. Ron Hubbard