By Piers Anthony
Alien Plot: a guy of our international is shipped around the limitations of an alien measurement. His job is to infiltrate the local culture--But as soon as there he discovers that an alien plot of flooring can turn into home.This brand-new tale leads off a set of 16 stories by way of Piers Anthony--including 11 tales released the following for the 1st time in paperback!Also integrated is an interesting essay on writers and writing, written with perception, and revealing many aspects of Anthony's amazing career.Each tale in Alien Plot has an all-new advent via Piers Anthony.
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But patterned on what we know of the aliens. We copied their icons and their architecture, as far as we know it. We managed to get one of their books, and translate it; it's a book of spells and rituals. So these are required of the inhabitants. Then we populated it with volunteers. We gave them drugs and electroshocks to disorient them and erase their recent memories, and put them into that model village. Fifty-two people, evenly divided in sex, ranging in age from ten to fifty. We made an instant functioning alien community.
He himself longed to be in just such a world, but he would not be fooled for a moment. He did know the difference between reality and fantasy. But the military mind didn't know that people weren't automatons. Nevertheless his interest was intensifying. This was a fantasy setting! The clothing, too, was fantastic. Now he was being garbed in a robelike wrapping with an attached hood, bright green. "Of course we have pickups throughout the village. We can see and hear everything that goes on. We have everything on tape: every conversation, every bodily function, every sexual encounter.
Now this was surprising in more than one respect. First, I hadn't used the agent on this story; I had dealt directly with the editor. The agent was handling my novels, but stories were really not worth his while. Second, the amount: I was being offered more than I got from some novels. What prompted such interest, which I hadn't solicited? It was a resounding endorsement of the story, but an odd proceeding. I pondered, but concluded that it would not be right to pull my entry from the Tolkien memorial edition for which it had been written.