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Zen

Jerome Bixby

Book Overview: 

Because they were so likable and intelligent and adaptable--they were vastly dangerous!

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Book Excerpt: 
. . .;one of the few such parts that hadn't been blown clean out of the Solar System.

That made Vesta extra-special. It meant settling down for a while. It meant a careful, months-long scrutiny of Vesta's every square inch and a lot of her cubic ones, especially by the life-scientists. Fossils, artifacts, animate life ... a surface chunk of Sorn might harbor any of these, or all. Some we'd tackled already had a few.

In a day or so, of course, we'd have the one-man beetles and crewboats out, and the floodlights orbiting overhead, and Vesta would be as exposed to us as a molecule on a microscreen. Then work would start in earnest. But in the meantime—and as usual—Hargraves, Reiss and I were out prowling, our weighted boots clomping along in darkness. Captain Feldman had long ago given up trying to keep his science-minded charges from galloping off alone like this. In spite of being a military man, Feld's a nice guy; he just shrugs an. . . Read More

Community Reviews

maybe not a great read by today's ideal's but still a nice old picture of a simpler view not touched by all scientific knowledge accumulated since the fifties.

The story begins with David Koontz, paleontologist of the 29-man crew of the “Lucky Pierre” investigating the asteroid Vesta. It immediately becomes clear that Vesta is crustal remains of Planet X, otherwise known as Sorn. David begins hunting for fossil remains, but stumbles across the Zen.

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In the book 'Zen' a scientist on a planet comes upon an animal called well a 'zen' and starts communicating with it. It actually asks him to kill it since 'she' is the only one left, but, coincidentially there's a male 'zen' on board the ship.......more