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Mass marketplace paperback novel. Dell Publishing corporation, 1971. (Dell 7948) 319 pages.

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There are those that imagine that the music was once speedy, wild, and really good once—excruciatingly quite a few. very likely so. There are creatures within the deep caves of Mercury. The track their planet sings is critical to them, for the creatures are nourished via vibrations. They feed on mechanical strength. The creatures hold to the making a song partitions in their caves. In that method, they devour the music of Mercury. The caves of Mercury are cozily hot of their depths. The partitions of the caves of their depths are phosphorescent. they offer off a jonquil-yellow gentle. The creatures within the caves are translucent. after they grasp to the partitions, mild from the phosphorescent partitions comes all over them. The yellow gentle from the partitions, in spite of the fact that, is became, while undergone the our bodies of the creatures, to a bright aquamarine. Nature is an excellent factor. The creatures within the caves glance a great deal like small and spineless kites. they're diamond-shaped, a foot excessive and 8 inches huge while absolutely mature. they've got not more thickness than the outside of a toy balloon. each one creature has 4 feeble suction cups—one at every one of its corners. those cups allow it to creep, whatever like a measuring computer virus, and to hang, and to think out the areas the place the tune of Mercury is healthier. Having chanced on a spot that supplies a very good meal, the creatures lay themselves opposed to the wall like rainy wallpaper. there is not any desire for a circulatory method within the creatures. they're so skinny that life-giving vibrations could make all their cells tingle with no intermediaries. The creatures don't excrete. The creatures reproduce by way of flaking. The younger, whilst shed through a mum or dad, are indistinguishable from dandruff. there's just one intercourse. each creature easily sheds flakes of his personal style, and his personal type is like each person else’s type. there's no adolescence as such. Flakes start flaking 3 Earthling hours once they themselves were shed. they don't succeed in adulthood, then become worse and die. They succeed in adulthood and remain in complete bloom, so that you can communicate, for so long as Mercury cares to sing. there is not any means within which one creature can damage one other, and no intent for one’s harming one other. starvation, envy, ambition, worry, indignation, faith, and sexual lust are beside the point and unknown. The creatures have just one experience: contact. they've got susceptible powers of telepathy. The messages they're able to transmitting and receiving are nearly as monotonous because the track of Mercury. they've got in simple terms attainable messages. the 1st is an automated reaction to the second one, and the second one is an automated reaction to the 1st. the 1st is, “Here i'm, right here i'm, right here i'm. ” the second one is, “So comfortable you're, so joyful you're, so completely satisfied you're. ” there's one final attribute of the creatures that has no longer been defined on utilitarian grounds: the creatures appear to prefer to manage themselves in outstanding styles at the phosphorescent partitions. although blind and detached to anyone’s staring at, they generally manage themselves with the intention to current a standard and stunning development of jonquil-yellow and brilliant aquamarine diamonds.

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