of or from the planet Earth or an earthling
Gasping, Sheridan recognized Dr. Ernst Flane, the noted terrestial physicist who had gone into voluntary exile on Jupiter with a small group of assistants, in order to study the cosmic rays.
Then the black mists seemed to be clearing, as a terrestial fog lifts, and the initial glow came to be a well-defined circular patch of intense orange light which in a little while revealed its source—a sun!
Even Terrestial Intelligence headquarters in New York hadn’t known why a T. I. man was wanted on Mars…but Haller was one of the few persons sufficiently important to have an operator sent without explanation as to why he was wanted.
Already they were starting their reign of terror; when he reached his climax they would pour from their houses to kill all who had terrestial blood.
No one seems to know, although there are many guesses of course, just how pre-space man arrived at the mysterious A.D. which he appends on his stone carvings everywhere he first trod. Astronomical research into this has only brought bewilderment since absolutely no stellar nor terrestial cataclysm can be located which would begin his A.D. And when he changed to a sensible binary day and a galactic year the records of that moment were subsequently destroyed.
The self-adjusting furniture, bought before the management had considered throwing the hostelry open to the unhuman trade, had been out-of-date twenty years ago. But it still was there. It had been repainted, in soft, genteel pastels, its self-adjustment features still confined to human forms. The spongy floor covering had lost some of its sponginess, and the Cetian cactus must have died at last, for a pot of frankly Terrestial geraniums now occupied its place.
Life has receded to the slimy mud From whence it first emerged. A gloom most sad And chill pervades the air. Pink snow drifts in, Dyed by the dying sun. Upon the flat An oily swell laps listlessly. God hid The aim and end of His terrestial plan: For this He made the earth and peopled it!
ATTN MCGILLICUDDY RE CLIENT RELATIONS NEED SOONEST ILLUMINATED SCROLL PRESENT HOMER WITHERSPOON PRESIDENT FROSTBITE HONORING HIM 40 YEARS MEMBERSHIP FROSTBITE PLANETARY PARTY USUAL SENTIMENTS NOTE MUST BE TERRESTIAL STYLE ART IF NOT ACTUAL WORK EARTHER ACCOUNT ANTIBEM PREJUDICE HERE FRBBUO END.
Note: As the dry season commences on Venus, the cat-folk deck themselves in the last remaining flowers, then join paws and—dancing in intricate patterns—chant the following mournful refrain. In the background the frog-people crouch beating their palms and grunting the parenthetical, ‘Oonk, oonk!’ which is the equivalent of the Terrestial, ‘Just Imagine!’ or, ‘Fancy that!’ or, ‘You don’t say.’
Frederic Arnold Kummer, Jr., "The Exterminators"
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