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The Native Soil

Alan Edward Nourse

Book Overview: 

A drug company troubleshooter is sent to Venus to increase production from the antibiotic mining project. The world's entire surface is mud and the native semi-intelligent mudpups have a knack for doing the wrong thing at exactly the right time.

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .ary-looking man behind a desk, scribbling furiously at a pile of reports. Everything in the shack was splattered with mud. The crude desk and furniture was smeared; the papers had black speckles all over them. Even the man's face was splattered, his clothing encrusted with gobs of still-damp mud. In a corner a young man was industriously scrubbing down the wall with a large brush.

The man wiped mud off Kielland and jumped up with a gleam of hope in his tired eyes. "Ah! Wonderful!" he cried. "Great to see you, old man. You'll find all the papers and reports in order here, everything ready for you—" He brushed the papers away from him with a gesture of finality. "Louie, get the landing craft pilot and don't let him out of your sight. Tell him I'll be ready in twenty minutes—"

"Hold it," said Kielland. "Aren't you Simpson?"

The man wiped mud off his cheeks and spat. He was tall and graying. "That's right."

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Community Reviews

A good story that looks at the troubles that can arise when forming a new enterprise in an unknown environment with aliens that speak an unknown language.
A fun story well worth listening to. The story is told in a narrative and conversational style.
The narrator is well spoken, her voice is clear a