Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Clifford D Simak's "The World That Couldn't Be" (novelette, first contact, free): Hunting an unkillable "animal"

An illustration accompanying the original publication in Galaxy, January 1958, of short story The World That Couldnt Be by Clifford D Simak
One of the human colonists, Gavin Duncan, has a farm growing a valuable medicinal herb called vua, employing humanoid natives as labor. Recently, a local animal called Cytha has been eating his crop at night. So finally, he's decided to hunt it down.

Only, the natives are very superstitious about it, & consider it unkillable. But Duncan is adamant. Three long days of tracking Cytha, & Duncan is coming around to see his query with fresh eyes...

Fact sheet.

First published: Galaxy, January 1958.
Download full text from Project Gutenberg, Manybooks, Feedbooks.
Rating: A.
Related: Stories of Clifford D Simak.